Roaming Alligators and High Tea - A Great Combination for the Perfect St. Petersburg Day Trip!

Roaming Alligators and High Tea - A Great Combination for the Perfect St. Petersburg Day Trip!

Boyd Hill Bird Boyd Hill Florida

A trip to Boyd Hill Nature Preserve was where I encountered my first alligator in the wild! 

The 245-acre, award-winning property features 6 miles of trails and boardwalks with a variety of habitats and animals including birds of prey!  The preserve includes boardwalks and sandy trails under the trees and is a comfortable walk for shade during the heat of the summer.

Boyd Hill Preserve Florida

If you meander slowly through the whole property and really take in the sights and sounds, you could spend a few hours there.  There is a nominal admission fee which goes to care for the habitats and property, but I recommend becoming a 'friend' to Boyd Hill if you live in town.  

After your scenic nature walk, head over to The Chattaway for afternoon tea!

The Chattaway-Florida

One of the best kept secrets in St Pete! – This restaurant has a colorful atmosphere that boasts flowers of all colors in unique planters and koi fish in a pond... and that's just the beginning!  

The Chattaway Florida The Chattaway Florida

Local musicians play regularly and the outdoor seating boasts a 'Key West' vibe.  Award winning burgers are the all-time favorite with the locals here and yes, they offer high tea in a genuine English Tea Room fit for a 'Queen'! Quite literally!  (Note that reservations are required for high tea)

I visited during the day but MUST make it back for the band and a burger after sunset!

If you follow our adventures, you know what comes next.... a note to say 'WHY OF COURSE this day trip will make it onto the pages of a Pen Pal Adventure Book!

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