The huge bay-front park is the crown jewel of outdoor spaces in downtown St. Pete. Some people refer to North Shore Park as the public green space that extends from Coffee Pot Bayou and the Snell Isle Bridge to Vinoy Park. It is part of a series of contiguous waterfront parks, with jogging trails, tennis courts, ball fields, benches and plenty of room to picnic. It also is home to the North Shore Aquatic Complex. The park itself has well-maintained grassy areas with unobstructed views of Tampa Bay and the city-owned pier, bathed at night in bright colorful lights that change hues like a giant mood ring. It's not unusual to spot a blue egret on the sea wall or a wild dolphin cresting in the bay.
- Fax: 727-892-5103
- Hours: Daily, half hour before sunrise to half hour after sunset
- Handicap Accessible: Yes
- What makes this community special?: St. Pete's premier downtown park is the site of weekly festivals, from rib feasts to fireworks. It's also a great place to take the kids, with play equipment, a miniature climbing wall and plenty of room to run around.
- Parking: Free lot, On-street: free, On-street: metered
- When's the best time of day to visit this beach?: Tiny North Shore Beach rarely gets crowded, but this strip of shorefront does not offer the miles of sandy space that other area beaches have. But it's popular with kayakers launching their boats, and it also has nets for volleyball games.
- Public/Private: Public
- Type: Bay
- Number of lifeguards: 0
- Common activities: Cycling, Fishing, Jet skiing, Kayaking/canoeing, Motor boating, Picnicking, Sailing
- Facilities: Boat access, Restrooms, Showers
- Restrictions: No fires
- Features: Athletic fields, Beach, Benches, Picnic pavilions, Picnic tables, Playgrounds
- Services: Restrooms, Showers
- Permit requirements: Some park uses require a city permit. For details, go to http://www.stpete.org/parks/permits.asp.
- Wi-Fi: None
- Features: Jungle gym, Slides, Swings
- Facilities (playgrounds): Benches, Restrooms, Tables