Across Frenchman’s Creek from Eckerd is a local park named Maximo Park. This 70 acre park is located between Sunshine Skyway Lane South & Pinellas Point Drive South, and is filled with many different activities and opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a good place for an outdoor picnic, Maximo Park has 16 sheltered pavilions scattered around the park. The park also has its own disc golf course, bike and hiking path and playgrounds for children.
Another feature of this park is its abundant access to the water. There are two observation decks and several pavilions that have excellent view of the waters that surrounds Maximo Park. For those who wish to do more than see the water, there are seven boat ramps and locations for shoreline fishing.
In additions to the outdoor activities, it also provides an opportunity to learn more about the Native American tribe that historically lived in that area. Some remains of their original village still stand, and signs around the park provide information and display artwork of them.
“Maximo contains two recorded archaeological sites, one is maximo beach, which contains extensive shells deposit and shell mounds and it has prehistoric artifact scatters as well,” Barbara Stalbird, natural and cultural areas manager of the city of St. Petersburg said. “Also, we’ve recorded a second site along Frenchman’s Creek which includes other shell deposits and a historic feature. The whole park really is considered an archaeological site.”
Maximo Park is open from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, and with its close proximity to Eckerd and wide variety of activities, it’s worth a visit.