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The natural beauty of the Oldsmar region is undeniable. Here you’re less than five minutes from the pristine waters of Tampa Bay, a short 20-minute drive from the world famous beaches of Clearwater, and just an hour away from picturesque natural reserves, lush national forests and trophy deep sea fishing on the Gulf of Mexico.

The waters of Tampa Bay, Lake Tarpon and the Gulf offer unsurpassed recreational and leisure time activities. Whether you’re into fishing, swimming, sailing, water skiing, snorkeling, scuba diving, power boating or jet skiing, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for somewhere in the Top of the Bay area.graphic

Off the water, sports enthusiasts of every age and experience level take full advantage of the top-quality facilities in the Oldsmar region. More than a dozen championship golf courses can be found within minutes of Oldsmar; scores of public and private tennis courts are available at all hours of the day and night; and a variety of swim clubs, fitness centers and workout facilities offer the full gamut of exercise equipment and programs.

The City of Oldsmar’s Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities for children and adults alike, and maintains a handful of modern park facilities. R.E. Olds Park, located on the shores of Old Tampa Bay, is home to the city’s annual Oktoberfest and Oldsmar Days celebrations — a pair of three-day festivals which feature great live music, fine foods, arts & crafts, a full carnival and midway, parades and other activities. The other 50 weeks of the year, the park — and its acres of green grass, 200-foot fishing pier, one-of-a-kind children’s playground and oak-shaded bayside picnic areas — is a welcome respite from the hustle-and-bustle of city life.graphic

On the shores of Lake Tarpon in East Lake, John Chestnut Sr. Park, a beautifully maintained Pinellas County facility, offers a large public boat ramp, lakeside picnic and play areas, a fishing pier and hundreds of acres of hiking, biking and canoe trails. And in northwestern Hillsborough County — along the Tampa Bay shoreline — lies Upper Tampa Bay Park, a sprawling nature/wildlife preserve and educational center which offers a glimpse of "Old Florida" … when pine flats, hardwood hammocks and mangrove forests provided a home for deer, raccoons, bears, eagles and hundreds of waterborne species.

Team sports enthusiasts of all ages focus their recreational attention on Oldsmar’s Canal Park, a state-of-the-art baseball, softball, football and soccer complex that is home to scores of sports leagues, and local and regional sports tournaments each year.

 

 

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