Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park (Hudson Beach) was built by the locals in the 1960’s and is the place where Hudson residents and those from nearby communities go to relax. The fate of this beach came down to the residents of Hudson coming forward and defending the property they called home. The property and location here on Hudson Beach was so attractive, that in the 1950’s even Walt Disney, himself looked into Hudson Beach as the future home of what we all know now as Disney World. What could have been the site of Space Mountain or Cinderella’s castle, is now where locals enjoy a day on the boat, view gorgeous sunsets, dine and just enjoy the Florida sunshine without having to worry about commercialism, parking issues or overcrowding. Although some tourists have discovered this pleasantly small beach and choose to vacation here, Hudson Beach, size aside, continues to be a place that can be comfortably enjoyed by all and where everyone feels welcome.
Veteran’s Memorial Park is a large recreational facility that provides Hudson residents and visitors with many year-round activities. The gymnasium is used for many sports events and seasonal activities. The swimming pool is available for use seasonally and guests may purchase a daily admission or season passes. There are basketball, tennis and volleyball courts to enjoy as well as many outside sports fields such as softball, football and soccer fields. Children will enjoy the playground and many individuals exercise on the fitness trail. The picnic areas with shelters are a great place to enjoy a picnic lunch with the family. Check in with the park staff for a schedule of many activities to enjoy when you own property in Hudson, Florida.
Arthur F. Engle Memorial Park
Arthur F. Engle Memorial Park is a sports centered park offering Hudson residents a place to play football, soccer, softball and basketball. There is also a playground and picnic shelters for guests to enjoy while visiting the park.
Restaurants in Hudson
Hudson and its neighboring cities have an abundance of restaurants ranging from well established family owned restaurants to larger franchise restaurants. Looking for something more casual where you can enjoy the Florida sun? There are a handful of restaurants located out toward Hudson Beach where residents can sit, eat and enjoy the tropical air. Yet Hudson is not really known for restaurant choices, so you might need to venture out of the city a little bit to find fine dining — all within a 20 minute drive. There are so many choices up and down US Highway 19 so be sure to check them all out. If you want to find some of the best choices, go over one of the Pinellas County bridges to Tampa where the selection is endless.
There is a wide variety of shopping choices in and near Hudson, Florida. The widely accessible U.S. Hwy 19 is a very commercialized strip of open air shopping centers, grocery stores, large shopping malls, restaurants, discount centers, department stores, home improvement warehouses, and many other businesses to meet the needs of the Hudson resident. There are two large malls within close proximity. One is the Gulf View Mall located less than 5 minutes south and the other is Countryside Mall located 20-25 minutes south. Living in Hudson, Florida so close to the many shopping choices up and down U.S. Hwy 19 makes shopping very quick, close and convenient.