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Skyway Fishing Pier State Park

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Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
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The Longest Fishing Pier in the World:

The Skyway Bridge spans Tampa Bay from St. Petersburg south to Bradenton. When the unthinkable happened in 1980 — the old southbound Skyway Bridge collapsed into Tampa Bay — a new bridge was constructed parallel to it to carry traffic. The north- and south-bound approaches of the old bridges at both the north and south ends were turned into the longest fishing pier in the world. Whether you want an amazing sightseeing adventure or some of the best fishing on Florida's West Coast, the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park can deliver.

Amazing Experiences:

You'll be "hooked" on the gorgeous sunrises, sunsets and views of the Skyway Bridge that are the backdrop for your sightseeing or fishing excursion. Park just a few steps from where you cast your line and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Photographers will find endless photo opportunities of anglers, Tampa Bay and close-up shots of the beautiful gold-cabled Skyway Bridge.

Location:

The Skyway Fishing Piers are located at the north and south ends of the Skyway Bridge on I-275 (US 19) and accessible from either direction. The Skyway Bridge is a toll road ($1.00 per car, payable by cash or SunPass and the exits to the piers are just beyond the toll booths.

Hours, Fees & Facilities:

The Skyway Fishing Pier State Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (the bridges are lighted at night). Restrooms, water fountains, canteens and bait shops are available on both the north and south bridges. Fees are $3.00 per car, $10.00 for RV's, $2.00 per adult or $1.50 for seniors and children 6-12.

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