1. Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center
This sleepy little town has lots of history. ‘Discovered’ by Spanish explorers in the 1500s, the area had been inhabited for centuries. At the time of Spanish explorations, Safety Harbor was home to the Tocobaga Indians. The Tocobaga, who no doubt enjoyed the area’s mineral springs, weren’t particularly excited to have visitors. In the 1800s, however, Odet Philippe became the first non-native resident of Pinellas County when he settled in Safety Harbor. Although he wasn’t welcomed by residents at the time, the quirky, long-deceased count maintains a friendly relationship with current residents through his Facebook page. Visitors to Safety Harbor Museum and Cultural Center will find plenty of artifacts and information, as well as classes and events to pique curiosity and entice explorations.
2. Safety Harbor Public Library
Visitors can continue their investigations into Safety Harbor’s past and present at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Part of the Pinellas County Public Library Cooperative, the library is a popular with residents and visitors, from preschoolers who enjoy story time with their parents, to teens taking advantage of an active teen program, to older folks who partake in a wide range of workshops, lectures and exhibits. Not just a place to read and research, the library is an active hub of Safety Harbor life.
3. Philippe Park
Safety Harbor is fortunate to have a variety of city parks and recreation centers within its borders, but one of its most-prized parks is Pinellas County’s Philippe Park. Enhance new-found knowledge by taking the opportunity to see the Tocobaga Indian Mound and Odet Philippe’s grave site in person, then relax under towering oaks while watching the kayakers and fisher people enjoy the waters of upper Tampa Bay.
4. Safety Harbor Art and Music Center
A recent grand opening topped off years of work for local artists, Kiaralinda, Todd Ramquist and Heather Richardson. With assistance from a slew of local volunteers, the Safety Harbor Art and Music Center (SHAMC) is now a reality. Safety Harbor residents have enjoyed house parties at Whimzeyland and the now-annual Safety Harbor Songfest in preparation for SHAMC. Now visitors can stop in to see the SHAMC building – a piece of art all of its own – peruse the gift shop, take classes and listen to live music. Although a new addition, SHAMC is a much-anticipated and already-bustling center of activity in Safety Harbor!