Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St Petersburg is Incredible

Published on 10/02/23:

Nature lovers and parents, did you know that just 4 miles from downtown St Pete lies a beautiful 245 acre nature preserve with fort playground, wildlife rescues, and education center? Who knows the amazing Boyd Hill?
Address: 1101 Country Club Way S, St Pete
During my summer nature series, I explored some of our area’s incredible parks and preserves. Some with even free zip lines and other activities. I’ll of course continue writing up great nature parks, mixed in with my other posts. 🌳
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve includes interactions with wildlife rescues, 5-6 miles of scenic trails, boardwalks overlooking Lake Maggiore (380 acres), indoor education area, primitive camp sites, and more! Downtown buildings are still in view, yet it feels like you’re in the Everglades.

Boyd Hill offers rotating affordable experiences for children, such as:

🌳 Sing & Playtime for Toddlers
🌳 Farming at the Boyd Hill Garden
🌳 Puddle Jumpers outdoor exploration
🌳 “Feathers and Scales” animal encounters

Adult activities such as:

🌳 Guided tram tours (all ages)
🌳 Morning walks on Tues & Thurs
🌳 Garden Workdays
Times, days, and activities vary. Visit their website or pickup a brochure onsite for latest schedule.
More Details on Boyd Hill Nature Preserve…
Interesting Fact: Started as a large zoo and botanical gardens 60+ years ago, though in 1978 began the transition into what we know today.
Google Reviews: 1.7K+ with a 4.7/5 avg
Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve provides a wealth of info and opportunities.
Cost: Ages 17+: $3
Ages 3-16: $1.50
<3: Free
Note: Closed Monday
ADA Accessible: Most trails
Bikes Allowed: Yes, if non-motorized
Restrooms: Yes
Pets: Not allowed
Aviary and Raptor Center: Visit with injured birds cared for by staff.
Playground: Yes, partially fenced. Tree house and fort theme.
Educational Nature Center: Offers interactive exhibits, a gift shop, and more.
Campground: St. Pete’s first public primitive family campground. The 12 camp sites are open to both individuals and groups from Friday – Sunday.
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