Fred Howard Park

Fred Howard Park 1700 Sunset Drive
Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689 United States
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Fred Howard Park is 155 acres of park and beach located off the Gulf of Mexico in Tarpon Springs. There is a 1-mile causeway from the park to the white sandy beach for swimming and sunsets. This park provides homes to wildlife including eagles, gopher tortoises and fox squirrels. 


Kids having fun at Fred Howard Park


  • Nine Picnic Shelters
  • Six Restrooms
  • Two Playgrounds
  • Ball Field
  • Beach Parking– Automated Pay Stations with Daily Parking Fees of $5Annual beach parking passes are available in addition to Mobile Parking Technology.
  • The pay-by-plate system replaces the need to display parking receipts. Accurate license plate data must be entered to avoid enforcement action.
  • White Sandy Beach
  • Beach Wheelchair – Fred Howard Park offers two beach wheelchairs on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request a wheelchair, please call (727) 582-2100, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For weekend use, ensure to place your request by 5 pm. Friday.
  • Swimming Area
  • Wind Surfing Area
  • Launching Area for Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Beach Showers


Open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to sunset
County Parks are closed two days throughout the year, the day after Thanksgiving and December 25.

picture of the beach

Road Closures:

  • Roads will be open by 9 a.m., unless otherwise noted.
DateEvent NameEvent Organizer


Who was Fred H. Howard?

The park was named in honor of Fred H. Howard, former mayor of Tarpon Springs who was first elected to the office in 1945. Mr. Howard also served as a city commissioner and vice-chair of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years. Mr. Howard was a successful real estate businessman who was civic minded and served the area in many political and organizational capacities.

Mr. Howard worked to acquire the property for development as a north county park for the enjoyment of residents. A bronze plaque at the base of the park’s flagpole commemorates Mr. Howard’s “untiring efforts (to make) this park a reality.”