In the Tampa, St. Pete Clearwater, Fla. area, the intense heat of summer months hasn’t yet reached full-swing. So now is the perfect time to take advantage of spending time in the area’s beautiful natural surroundings. Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help you step outside the comfort of your home’s cool air conditioning and enjoy the great outdoors.
– Top 3 Tampa Bay Outdoor Adventures –
#1 Hillsborough River State Park in Tampa
Image: eco-adventure Tampa Bay
15402 US 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
Enjoy 16,000 acres of wilderness at Hillsborough River State Park, one of Florida’s first state parks established in 1938. The park is divided by the beautiful and swiftly flowing Hillsborough River, which provides a cornucopia of outdoor activities for visitor enjoyment—from canoeing, kayaking and Class II rapids to fishing and plenty of opportunities to observe wildlife such as birds, turtles and gators.
Bike or walk the seven miles of nature trails with beautiful boardwalks that meander through old Florida live oak hammock, pine trees and saw palmettos. You can even stay the night in award-winning campgrounds, including full-facility camping, a youth/group tent campground as well as primitive campground spots reached via foot trail.
#2 Fort De Soto Park in St. Pete
3500 Pinellas Bayway S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33715
Fort De Soto Park of Pinellas County, Fla. is another wonderful area favorite. This 1,136-acre park is comprised of five interconnected keys (islands) and seven miles of waterfront on sandy, white beaches. Stroll through a number of beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and a variety of other native Florida flora.
Image: Awesome Florida
Stay the afternoon and grill out at one of the 15 picnic shelters or spend the evening at one of the 238 family camping sites. Be sure to check out the historic fort, dog beach park and Barrier-Free Nature Trail. You may even decide you want to hop on the ferry and dash over to Egmont Key for the afternoon.
#3 Bok Tower Gardens in Central Florida
1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853
Drive up I-4 toward Orlando and take some time to check out Bok Tower Gardens, just southeast of Lakeland in Lake Wales, Fla. This National Historic Landmark was established in 1929 by founder Edward W. Bok, a Netherlands-born publisher, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, humanitarian and world peace and environmental advocate.
Today, the park consists of contemplative meditative gardens in a woodland setting with resting spots, beautiful vistas and amazing views of the Singing Tower. This 205-foot neo-Gothic / art deco Tower hosts 60-bell carillons that ring throughout the gardens each day at 1 and 3 p.m. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind outdoor experience in Central Florida.
Want to learn more about keeping cool indoors this summer?
Check out our blog: 5 Tips to Beat the Heat (& Bust High Energy Bills)
Keep Cool This Summer With the AC Repair Experts at Blair’s Air
It’s great to get outdoors this spring. But when it’s time to come home for the evening of end of weekend, make sure you’re returning to a cool and comfortable landing spot. For the most reliable system replacement, routine maintenance and air conditioning repair in Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa Bay, contact the cooling AC experts at Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating.
Call us today at (727) 800-4148 or visit us online to schedule service. Your continued comfort is our number one priority.