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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.
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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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  • Beautiful park. I love the expansive water view and lush greenery. If you're adventurous enough to put your feet in the water [🙋🏽‍♀️] you can walk out on the boat launch. It seems like a popular place to just sit and have lunch while appreciating a gorgeous day.
  • My husband really loves to visit this park and I have come to love it too. We usually visit at later times during the day. But we're trying to beat the summer heat and humidity, so we woke up early and visited after 8 am. It was the perfect time of day to be there. It was cool, quiet and a great time for reflection on a Saturday morning. There were very few people going and coming. And the two we crossed paths with, were friendly walking their dogs and said good morning to us. We got hungry just walking uphill. The sun was already up. We sat on a bench where we could gaze at the water while listening to woodpeckers pecking away at nearby trees. As it started getting warm, I was still sleepy and needed fuel to get my energy up so we decided to go find breakfast. It was a short and sweet visit. A great start to our Saturday.

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