Tierra Verde is a small residential community in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. It consists of a few tracts of land taken up by residential housing and surrounded by the waters of the bay. The community itself has few attractions, but there is plenty to do in the more commercial areas surrounding it.
The Quartermaster Museum is located just 12 minutes south of Tierra Verde on the island of Mullet Key in Fort De Soto park. It is a recreation of an 1898 military post building created from photos and records to be as authentic as possible. The exhibit inside features a recreation of what a quartermaster's store would have looked like when Fort De Soto was in operation. Wall panels also tell the history of the Fort De Soto area prior to the fort as far back as the 16th Century. The attraction is free of charge but does except voluntary donations for the upkeep of the museum.
Fort de Soto Park
Just a few minutes' drive south of Tierra Verde are the five islands that make up Fort De Soto Park. They are Mullet, St. Christopher, St. Jean, Bonne Fortune and Madelaine. It is a picturesque area with historic sites such as the Fort de Soto ruins and an array of outdoor activities. The islands have seven miles of water front with three miles of white sandy beaches, boat launches, swim centers, fishing piers and nature trails. For visitors with pets the park also has a designated area for dogs which includes a dog beach.
Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
People who enjoy fishing can make use of the Skyway Fishing Pier, just a 19-minute drive from Tierra Verde. When the new Skyway bridge connecting St. Petersburg and Sarasota was built the former bridge was converted into the world's longest fishing pier. It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with street lighting for night fishing. Common catches include red snapper, king mackerel and black sea bass.
Just a 16-minute drive north of Tierra Verde art fans can visit The Dali Museum (thedali.org). The museum opened in St. Petersburg on March 7, 1982 seven years before Salvador Dali died. It is a 20,000 square foot museum and gallery celebrating the life and art of Dali. Exhibits include 96 oil paintings by the artist, as well as an array of drawings, prints, photos and videos. The surreal outward appearance of the museum is an homage to the artist's own surreal works and personality.
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