Philippe Park is a Pinellas County park located in Safety Harbor, Florida. The park is named after Count Odet Philippe, who is credited with introducing grapefruit to Florida. It is situated on that was once part of Philippe's plantation. Philippe was the county's first non-native settler, arriving in 1842. Philippe is buried in the park but the exact location is undetermined. A Tocobaga Indian mound that is situated in the park is a National Historic Landmark known as the Safety Harbor Site. The temple mound is one of the last remnants of the Tocobaga on the Pinellas Peninsula. Records indicate that Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the founder of St. Augustine, Florida, visited the site in 1566 to help broker a truce between the Tocobaga and the Calusa to the south. During the visit Pedro Menéndez founded a Spanish outpost nearby, but by 1567 it was reported to have been wiped out by the Tocobaga. Eventually the temple mound was deserted. The Tocobaga succumbed to European diseases, and many were forced into slavery working in the Caribbean.
This is a great side stop for about an hour or so, here's the breakdown of how I rate a location:
PROS: Playground, hilly terrain, nice views, historical location and unique.
CONS: Can be crowded on weekends with parties at the shelter's, recommend a week day visit.
DON'T MISS: The Indian burial mound for you history buffs! The views!
TIME SPENT: About an hour and change.
BEST TIME TO GO: Week days.
FOR THE KIDS?: Definitely, the playground is very nicely done.
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- Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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