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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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  • Had a nice walk all through the park. Very clean. Lots of squirrels running around. Saw a family of owls up in a tree that was roped off. A dolphin went swimming by as we walked along the sea wall.  more »
  • What a great walk! Had the opportunity to see a mother owl up high in an oak with two babies! And a dolphin swimming along the coast. Great park with shaded areas.  more »
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  • Philippe Park is such an amazing spot for photographs! As a wedding photographer, I've taken several engagement sessions here and they always turn out STUNNING! The only thing I'd advise is to watch out for ant hills and to bring bug spray!
  • This is a beautiful park with a great jungle gym for kids. You can walk for hours and see nature at it's best our picnic at one of the many pavilions. Restrooms are plentiful and clean. I'd definitely go back

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