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Philippe Park, Safety Harbor

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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 122acre 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. Add Philippe Park and other attractions to your Safety Harbor trip itinerary using our Safety Harbor trip itinerary website.
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  • We took the time to visit this park because of the Temple Mound on the site, built by the Tocobaga Indians. The mound was impressive, and included a helpful interpretive sign. The park itself was... 
    We took the time to visit this park because of the Temple Mound on the site, built by the Tocobaga Indians. The mound was impressive, and included a helpful interpretive sign. The park itself was...  more »
  • Such a lovely park. Enjoyed walking around and enjoying the nice weather near the water. Safety Harbor is a very nice walkable town. 
    Such a lovely park. Enjoyed walking around and enjoying the nice weather near the water. Safety Harbor is a very nice walkable town.  more »
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  • Perfect place for a company picnic, birthday celebration or whatever special occasion. Excellent backdrops for family and graduation pictures etc. Free admission and parking. I have seen folks celebrate, walk, and fish. If you, like me prefer walking trails, I don't think this is the place to be. But it's a well maintained park definitely worth a visit. Restrooms are available throughout.
  • More nature than you can shake a stick at!

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