The Pinellas Peninsula was originally inhabited by the Tocobago Indians. In 1528, Pánfilo de Narvaez landed along the peninsula and many Spanish explorers soon followed. Odet Philippe was the first to make Pinellas Peninsula his residence. He settled in the Safe Harbor Area. Yet it was the federal government’s Armed Occupation Act that jump started immigration to the area. The second major influx of immigration came with the development of railroads throughout the region. After World War I and II, the Pinellas Peninsula became home to many new residents and tourism to the area began to develop. Present day Pinellas Peninsula has become very well known for its beaches and other tourist attractions. There are many residents of the area, but it is visited by many people from around the world each year.
Philippe Park – The oldest park in Pinellas County consists of an Indian mound. There is a one mile sidewalk stretched along the Old Tampa Bay. Also, there is a climbing park, playground, ball field, and other various amenities for everyone to enjoy.
Wall Springs – It was believed by the Tocobago Indians that the fresh water of Wall Springs actually held healing powers. Wall spring is not well known by the general public. However, it was a popular swimming hole for many locals. In recent years, the spring has been developed into a park for those that want to visit.
Caladesi Island State Park – A natural beach located in Pinellas Peninsula, it is a great place to relax, swim, and fish. Also, who doesn’t love an uninhabited beach?
Brooker Creek Preserve – An 8700 acre preserve, Brooker Creek is the largest natural habitat in Pinellas County. The preserve encompasses a large wetland and pine flat-wood forest. Also, you can bring your horse to explore many equestrian friendly trails.