Safety Harbor

Looking for a quaint community that's located near the water and has an artsy vibe? Safety Harbor may be the place for you. While it does have a calendar full of lively events, most of the time Safety Harbor has a laid-back, sleepy feel. Its history is quite interesting. It was originally settled by the Tocobaga tribe, and the temple mound at Phillippe Park is the largest remaining mound in Tampa Bay. Spanish explorers came in the 1500s when Hernando de Soto was looking for the Fountain of Youth. He didn't find it in Safety Harbor, but he discovered mineral springs. More on those in a minute. Odet Phillippe is often considered the first settler in the region, and he is credited with starting the commercial citrus industry. He is considered quite the entertaining character, and perhaps a storyteller, but he was known to be generous, he primarily grew grapefruit, which had been considered a rich man's food, and his experiments with budding, grafting, and converting sour fruits to sweet contributed to much of what you know about citrus today. He was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame (yes, there is such a thing), and he is buried on the grounds of his estate, at what is now Phillippe Park. Sound familiar? Yes, it's also where the Indian mound is located. Alright, back to the mineral springs. When De Soto discovered the mineral springs in 1539, he named them Espiritu Santo Springs. According to the Safety Harbor Spa website, "In the early 1900s, Safety Harbor became known as the “Health Giving City,” with five springs identified for specific healing properties," and the spa was founded in 1925. You can visit all these places, dine at an assortment of restaurants, and enjoy shady recreation trails when you're in Safety Harbor.

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