Shell Key PReserve
florida's natural beauty
1,800-acre preserve located on Shell Key in Tierra Verde, Pinellas County in the U.S. state of Florida. The preserve protects sensitive marine habitats and includes one of the county's largest undeveloped barrier islands as well as numerous mangrove islands and expansive sea grass beds. The preserve is owned and maintained by Pinellas County Parks.
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Experience nature up close while exploring Shell Key Preserve
Ways to explore the Preserve
Being an island and waterway preserve, Shell Key is only accessible via water craft! Looking to explore? There are several options:
- Shell Key Shuttle is a ferry that brings guests from Merry Pier to Shell Key.
- Pinellas Bayway Kayak & SUP Launch allows for paddlers to launch their own kayaks or SUPs just off the Bayway and paddle into Shell Key Preserve
- Clear Kayak Tours are offered in small groups and hosted by a wildlife guide while paddling through Shell Key.
Explore and paddle Shell Key Preserve