Honeymoon Island Nature Center Programs and Activities
Pancakes at Cafe Honeymoon - In case you haven't heard, Cafe Honeymoon now serves a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The view is the best in the county and you can take a stroll along the beach after eating. It's an excellent way to start the day.
Shell Show - Second Saturday of each month - Ongoing - Stop by the Nature Center any time between 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Stop by anytime for a personalized demonstration. Features shells found right here at Honeymoon Island. You will also learn about the secret lives of the animals that live inside the shells - Inside the Nature Center Media Room - FREE with park admission!
Bird Observation Fun - Optimal viewing from the rear deck of the Nature Center on Saturdays and Sundays. Best viewing is at low tide, which encourages a gathering of shore birds that feed on the exposed oyster bed and mud flats of St. Joseph Sound. There will be spotting scopes set up and binoculars available to enhance your viewing. No extra charge for this program, and all are welcome including birders and non birders alike. Volunteers will offer help in identification and assist you with your observations. - Bring a folding chair, blanket, pillow, and flashlight and insect repellent. Closed toe shoes are recommended for those participating in the optional short night walk. You are welcome to bring snacks if you wish. FREE with park admission! - Special thanks to Clearwater Audubon for the migratory bird display and equipment donations, as well as expertise!
Kids Can Participate in a Fun Scavenger Hunt - Inside the Nature Center - Win a Prize - ongoing all day - The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - FREE with park admission!
Seasonal Ranger-Led Saturday Hikes - Saturdays, Nov. - April 10 (Cooler Season) at 11 a.m. Departure from Trail head located at north end of picnic area parking lot?*For current dates and times, and to discover the many programs and activities being offered, please call the park directly at: 727-469-5942.
Hikes average 45 minutes and approximately 1/2 to 3/4 miles distance. There is an option to stay afterwards for a more extended hike on your own. Join a park ranger for a guided walk along a barrier island beach or through a Slash pine forest. The island is home to wildlife that includes ospreys, great horned owls and gopher tortoises. Level trails make for easy walking. There are sometimes sections of soft powdery sand which are more difficult, but these are mainly avoided. Mid day temperatures and humidity can be of concern to some, so check the weather. If you need assistance to participate fully, call Honeymoon Island State Park at 469-5942.
Visitors should wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and water. Binoculars, cameras and a field guides are helpful as well.
The guided hikes are free, though park visitors have to pay the regular park entrance fee of $5 per carload from two to eight people, $3 for one person in a car and $1 per person for walkers or cyclists.
Honeymoon Island State Park is accessible via the Dunedin Causeway, located off Alt. 19 just north of Dunedin.
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