If you're the type to hop in the car for a spontaneous road trip, there's a place hidden in a small town in Florida with otherworldly nature vibes waiting for you. Here you'll find a winding road that leads through a lush archway of trees. This enchanting passage meanders through Philippe Park in the Tampa Bay area. You can soak up the incredible views as you drive straight into the heart of what feels like a portal to another world.

You can find this local gem tucked away in the quaint community of Safety Harbor, only about a 25-minute drive from downtown Tampa.

Philippe Park is a uniquely beautiful spot to explore without breaking the bank because it's free of charge!

When you get there, turn onto Philippe Park Drive. This road twists and turns through a dense and misty canopy of trees, leading you through its natural archway

Entering this intricate and dense tree tunnel almost seems like an optical illusion as the branches curve toward the road. You'll feel like you're passing through a paranormal portal to another dimension as you drive beneath the canopy, the Florida sky peeking through the lush greenery down its winding road.

Don't worry though, you'll come out the other side just fine —
but be prepared for some jaw-dropping nature views.

This unusual park also has a mile of shoreline on Old Tampa Bay that visitors can roam. Have yourself a dreamy picnic beneath the windswept oak trees and you suddenly have an affordable day date with your bae.

Philippe Park is the oldest park in Pinellas county. Its founder, Count Odet Philippe, was buried in the park hundreds of years ago, but no one has yet found his grave — adding an air of mystery to the ethereal feeling location.

If you're in dire need of a new adventure, this historic park belongs on your bucket list. It may get shadowy in there, but there's always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Philippe Park

Price: Free

Address: 2525 Philippe Pkwy., Safety Harbor, FL 

Why You Need To Go: You can drive through a leafy tunnel at this park that feels like a portal to another dimension. 


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