Today we headed out to one of our favorite parks. We visit this one every year because we always see alligators. Finally! We did get to see a couple, but they were just young ones. No huge parents.
Boyd Hill is located on Lake Maggiore. You are actually surrounded by the city, but when you are at the park, you’d never know it. The park has a picnic area, playground, education center, nice gift shop, aviary, and and over 3 miles of trails and boardwalks. There is a small admission fee.
The trails that we always frequent are as follows. We first take the short 2/10 of a mile Swamp Woodlands Boardwalk. If you keep a good eye out over the boardwalk, you may capture an alligator. That seems to be only when there’s been quite a bit of rain, and it’s swampier. It was pretty dry today. We then head over to the short 2/10 of a mile Willow Marsh Boardwalk. We take the boardwalk through the trees and watch for alligators over the side, but we’ve never seen any when walking the boardwalk. But, usually when you are crossing the bridge to the boardwalk is where you will probably capture a few alligators. This is the bridge where you normally see a majority of the alligators. Today though, just a couple of young-uns. Lastly, we crossed the bridge to Lake Maggiore Island. Mostly what we see over here are waterfowl and a nice view of the tall buildings in St Petersburg. Including Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays play.
Today we also wanted to take some of the trails on the back end of the park. Lakeside, Center Loop, etc. But, even with our map, it became a little confusing, so we turned around and headed over to the aviary, and checked out some of the birds, then headed back to the condo.
Hope you enjoy a few of the photos that I chose. Of course I included one end of day sunset shot. Run your cursor over each for a brief description.
Address for GPS: 1101 Country Club Way South, St Petersburg, FL