15 Best Things to Do in Largo (FL)

Located across from Tampa Bay and intersecting with Clearwater and St. Petersburg, Largo is one of the largest cities in Pinellas County, with a population of over 80,000 at the last census.

More than a century ago, it was home to some of the state’s most beautiful beaches along the Gulf Coast.

For most of its existence it was an agricultural area, although due to development this is no longer the case.

It’s close to many of the state’s most popular historical, cultural and nature tourism destinations, and here are 15 things you shouldn’t miss.

1. Florida Botanical Gardens

Florida Botanical Garden, Largo, Florida

Known as Largo’s “urban oasis,” the Florida Botanical Garden is managed by Pinellas County and is free to visit.

Many visitors choose to roam the grounds at their own pace, and for the more value-conscious, there are often educational and mentoring programs available.

The gardens span nearly 30 acres and include children’s and interpretive trails and a variety of natural habitats.

The gardens are located on Ulmerton Road and they have a great website where you can find their calendar of events, pet rules and regulations and their hours of operation.

2. Folk Village and History Museum

Folk Village and History Museum

The Heritage Village and History Museum is also located in Largo’s Pinewood Cultural Park, comprising over 20 acres of well-preserved mid-19th and early 20th century buildings when the land surrounding the town was relatively undeveloped.

There are more than 30 surviving buildings, including a church, railway station, school and some historic homes.

It’s a must-see for history buffs and those with roots in Largo, as few other attractions in the state offer such insight into the lives of the people who lived in the area more than a century ago.

3. Saturday morning market

St. Petersburg Saturday morning market

The Saturday morning market on 1st Street near St Petersburg is perfect for those looking to rub shoulders with the locals, enjoy live entertainment and check out a range of locally made and grown products that you won’t find anywhere else stay anywhere else.

The market is known for its delicious coffee and fresh baked goods, so consider heading out for breakfast early before shopping.

Always have plenty of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables on hand, as well as a variety of prepared foods like cheese, honey, and salsa.

If you’re new to the area, ask the vendor what they recommend you see and do in town.

4. East Bay Golf Club

play golf

With its many amazing courses, Florida is unique and a mecca for golfers from all over the country.

During the winter months, snowbirds land in the Sunshine State from the North, and golf is one of their favorite times in the past.

Largo East Bay Golf Club is a popular public course for over 50 years that is affordable, scenic and challenging.

Known for its abundance of water hazard holes, the course is difficult but suitable for most skill levels and features a fleet of new GPS-equipped golf carts.

5. Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg

Salvador Dali is an international artistic legend with a truly unique style, known for his fluidity and surrealism.

Outside Europe, the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg houses the most extensive collection of his works, which cover his entire career.

The museum is located near the waterfront on Southeastern Fifth Avenue and Wangan Avenue.

Its one-of-a-kind collection includes thousands of Dalí works, of which only about a hundred are paintings.

Centrally located, the museum is relatively inexpensive to visit, and it’s a particularly popular destination when it’s sweltering outside or it’s raining and stormy.

6. John S. Taylor Park

John S. Taylor Park, Largo

Located off 8th Avenue in Largo, John S. Taylor Park is full of shade and is the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon filled with lemonade and a good book.

The park has a large lake, and while it may seem attractive to swimmers and fishermen, it is off-limits as resident crocodiles may not like intrusions.

The 150-acre park features an all-purpose trail that winds nearly 2 miles, as well as picnic tables and a disc golf course.

The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is free to visit.

7. Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and home to a variety of freshwater lakes, rivers, and wetlands, it’s no wonder Florida has so many aquariums.

Located on Windward Pass near Clearwater, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium is more than just another bland aquarium. It is also an animal rehabilitation and education facility filled with amazing exhibits and live animals that fascinate adults and children alike.

Sharks, stingrays and turtles are some perennial favorites, and there are plenty of interactive areas to encourage kids to roll up their sleeves, get wet, and touch some unique sea creatures.

8. Sand Reef Park

Shakey Park, Clearwater

Part park, part beach and part wildlife refuge, Sandiki Beach is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of sun, sand and surf while enjoying the state’s stunning scenery.

Facilities at the park include public beach access, small cabins and bathrooms with showers, perfect for washing away salt and sand after a long day.

Although it’s not an official wildlife sanctuary, Shakey Park’s beaches are important nesting areas for sea turtles, where they congregate to lay their eggs at certain times of the year.

Remember, if you are lucky enough to witness this natural spectacle, it is against the law to interact with or interfere with the turtles.

9. Pinellas Trail

Pinellas Trail

Named after a former county official, the Pinellas Trail stretches nearly 40 miles between Tarpon Springs and St. Petersburg, following an old railroad line—that’s why it’s called the Railroad Trail.

No matter where you decide to choose a trail, you’ll find plenty of access points, and it’s open to cyclists, walkers, and inline skaters.

For those who enjoy the active outdoors, this is the perfect place to spend the day exploring. Out-of-state visitors can rent bicycles in the many towns the trail passes through.

The trail is free and includes a variety of coastal habitats.

10. Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach, just north of Largo, is one of many stunning beaches along Florida’s midwest coast on the Gulf of Mexico.

Unlike the beaches on the east Atlantic side of Florida, the beaches in Clearwater, Largo, and St. Augustine face west, so they are known for their beautiful sunsets.

Clearwater Beach has been named one of the best beaches in the state for its cleanliness, convenience, extensive shopping and dining options, and stunning natural beauty.

While the area has a cool nightlife scene, it’s a far cry from the glitz of beaches like Miami Beach, making it a great destination for families.

11. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ruth Eckerd Hall is one of the premier live entertainment and performing arts venues on the Midwest Coast, hosting impressive and eclectic performances throughout the year.

The modern venue seats around 2,000 visitors and features state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, so even the cheapest seats won’t make you feel like you’re being sold out.

Symphony orchestras, dramatic theatres, dance recitals, contemporary music and children’s performances are all on their calendar of events. Take a moment to check out their website to see what to expect while you’re in town.

12. Florida Holocaust Museum

Florida Holocaust Museum

Although it may seem a little depressing in a state known for its stunning beaches and crazy nightlife, the Florida Holocaust Museum is one of those poignant historical attractions that really shouldn’t be missed.

In addition to a variety of exhibits—including photographs, historical records, and gruesome personal accounts—the museum also has one of the most complete collections of Holocaust survivor art in the world.

Keep in mind that many of the items on display are shocking and emotional and may not be suitable for children.

The museum is located on the east coast of St. Augustine near Tampa Bay.

13. Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens

For an all-around family-friendly destination, Busch Gardens is in a class of its own.

Covering nearly 300 acres, it is part history museum, part wildlife sanctuary, part amusement park; for many families visiting the area, this is where they spend most of their time.

Visitors love the fact that, in addition to the fun, their children have educational opportunities to engage with history, the natural world, geography, and the arts.

Busch Gardens is a 15-minute drive northeast of Tampa; it can be under siege during peak school summer hours.

14. Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center

Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center

The manatee is one of Florida’s most iconic native animals. If you’ve never seen it up close, you should take advantage of Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center.

Commonly known as manatees, manatees are fat, suave marine mammals that feed on seagrass and other aquatic plants. Sadly, they are often hit by boats because they move slowly and often swim underwater.

Visits are always free, and you’re most likely to see these animals from November to April, when they flock to the plants’ warm water outlets to escape the winter cold.

15. Glazer Children’s Museum

Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa Bay

Unlike some states that lack children’s entertainment departments, Florida has a variety of kid-friendly options. The Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa is one of the best in the area.

Comprising tens of thousands of square feet of interactive exhibits, it’s a place where families can spend countless hours, and is especially popular when it’s raining or when it’s hot and humid outside.

The museum’s attractions are engaging and educational, dealing with the wonders of the natural world, engineering, history, and science. If you want to avoid the rush hour crowds, consider visiting as soon as it opens in the morning, or on a weekday instead of a weekend.

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