Don’t Miss These Great Tampa, FL Experiences
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While Tampa may be best known for its sports teams and exuberant nightlife, don’t let this Gulf Coast city fool you into thinking that meditative outdoor experiences are few. You’ll find tranquil bay waters, mangrove islands, bird sanctuaries, and serene freshwater canoe trails that provide plenty of opportunities for eco-friendly fun. Go hiking, wet a line, play a game of golf, or take a sunset cruise. One thing is for sure, these Tampa outdoor experiences won’t disappoint you.
- Al Lopez Park. In the heart of downtown Tampa, Al Lopez Park Lake is a popular freshwater fishing spot for families. The park has a paved trail, restrooms, picnic pavilions, and fishing piers. Families can reel in panfish, channel catfish, and largemouth bass while fishing from the piers or shoreline.
- Boyd Hill Nature Preserve & Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center. One of the top educational outdoor experiences in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve & Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center offers classes, camps, programs and events for families. Go on a guided walk or paddle tour of the preserve that gives you the chance to see over 60 species of amphibians and reptiles, over 50 species of butterflies, and over 165 species of birds.
- Canoe Escape. Escape to nature by taking a quiet-water paddling adventure through a 16,000-acre wildlife preserve down the Hillsborough River. You can often spot white ibis, deer, wild hog, and turkey as you drifting down past the shorelines. You can rent a canoe or kayak to explore on your own or schedule a guided trip. Canoe Escape located only 16 miles from downtown Tampa and 15 minutes from Busch Gardens.
- Croc Encounters. While crocodilians have always been the main focus at Croc Encounters, the sanctuary has also become home to unwanted reptiles, birds, and mammals. This educational sanctuary is open to the public for guided tours, self-guided tours, and events.
- Edward Medard Park. Camping, boating, paddling, hiking, and fishing — you can do it all at Edward Medard Park in Plant City. If you want to experience some of the best freshwater largemouth bass fishing in the state, don’t miss the opportunity to cast a few lures into the park’s 700-acre reservoir.
- Flatwoods Wilderness Park & Trail. Flatwoods Wilderness Park & Trail is a peaceful and easy 20-minute drive from downtown Tampa. Biking and bird watching are two of the most popular activities that take place on the seven-mile paved multi-use trail.
- Hillsborough River State Park. One of Florida’s first state parks, Hillsborough River State Park is located about 15 miles from Tampa, in Thonotosassa. This is a “don’t miss” destination for nature lovers due to the fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing opportunities. In addition, history buffs can view over 100 artifacts that are on display at the Fort Foster Historic Site and Interpretive Center. Fort Foster offers educational information about the conflict between the Seminole nation and the US military.
- TECO Manatee Viewing Center. The wildlife observation tower and habitat trails at TECO Manatee Viewing Center easily satisfy the curiosity of guests who want to observe the gentle manatee from November 1st through April 15th. The power station discharge canal at the viewing center is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for the manatees.
- The USF Botanical Gardens. For a low admission fee, you can soak in the natural beauty of 16 acres of gardens and greenbelt on the USF Tampa campus. The USF Botanical Gardens is a thriving collection of over 3,000 plants, animals, and natural habitats
- Streamsong Golf Resort. Although the Streamsong Golf Resort is located closer to Fort Meade (48 miles from Tampa), if you are an avid golfer, this spot is well worth the trip. The two courses are exceptionally playable, accessible, and have been beautifully designed.
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