Tampa Parks and
Florida is abundant with places to go and things to do. For the outside
adventurer, visiting Tampa’s parks and recreation is a must. Spend a
quiet day alone taking in nature, drop a baited hook into one of the
ponds, go offshore fishing or spend the day exploring with the family.
From Hillsborough County parks to the city of Tampa parks, there are an
abundance of parks in the area.
Al Lopez Park
The gates to Al Lopez Park open at 5am and stay open until 10pm.
Encompassing 132 acres; this park is home to plenty of wildlife.
Situated amongst the land are two ponds. The Northern Pond is ideal for
fishing which sets this park apart from others.
Coachman Park plays host to many concerts (such as the Clearwater Jazz Festival), festivals and exhibitions
each year in its open air venue, the Charles Wharton Johnson Pavilion.
Between events, brick walkways provide a welcoming place for strolling.
Located on the oceanfront, this park provides a safe haven for the 126
Downtown Clearwater Boat Slips. Be sure to check out all of the parks
rules and restrictions before entering.
Island State Park
Caladesi State Park, surrounded by the ocean,
is accessible by boat and ferry. This Park is one of Florida’s few
remaining entirely natural islands.
It provides a place for boaters to
dock and fish, beach goers to swim and tan, nature lovers to explore
and kids to play. Picnic tables, a snack bar and gift shop are
provided. Shelters are provided for a fee.
One of Florida’s first state parks, Hillsborough State Park is a water
wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. The Hillsborough River runs through
the park providing a place for visitors to canoe, kayak and fish as
well as enjoy an overnight stay in the park’s tent campground.
are plenty of hiking and biking trails as well as a café that is open 7
days a week where picnic and camping supplies can be purchased. Canoe,
kayak and bike rentals are available.
Visitors are welcome at Myakka State Park,
named after the Myakka River that flows through it, from 8am until
sunset on a daily basis.
One of the largest state parks in Florida,
Myakka State Park is comprised of wetlands, prairies and woodlands that
give park goers a great place to fish, hike, go camping and observe
wildlife. Programs, events and nature classes are offered at the park.
Spread over 6,260 acres, the Alafia State Park
is home to some of Florida’s most radical elevation changes, mixed
hardwood forests, pine flat woods and rolling hills. The park has 17
miles of bike trails, 20 miles of equestrian and hiking trails and
lakes for canoeing and fishing.
Visitors can stay overnight in the
parks full facility campground which accommodates both RV’s and tents.
There is plenty else to do at the playground, horseshoe pits and
The Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is one of
Tampa’s well known urban parks that is complete with two fountains, a
dog park, playground, large sloping lawn, public boat docks, seating
terraces, pavilion and café.
Parts of Tampa’s Riverwalk, Glazer
Children’s Museum, Tampa Museum of Art and downtown are only a walk
E.G. Simmons Park
The E.G. Simmons Park and Preserve spreads itself over 469 acres
providing visitors with outdoor activities. Saltwater fishermen delight
in the boat launch as swimmers take advantage of the public beach.
Picnicking, camping, bird watching and pier and bank fishing are some
of the things to do. Park hours change with the seasons.
Egmont Key State Park is the place to go for
quiet sight-seeing and relaxation. The park is only accessible by
private boat and acts as a refugee to wildlife.
A lighthouse and fort
make for great viewing and exploring. Other popular activities on the
island are swimming off the secluded beach, fishing, picnicking,
wildlife observation and trail walking.
Lithia Springs Park stretches over 160 acres
and is filled with plant communities, river cypress swamps, hardwood
hammocks, sand hills and a natural spring.
Visitors can swim, play on
the playground, use the bathhouse and enjoy a picnic. Camping is
encouraged and comes complete with two shower houses.
The Upper Tampa Bay Park which engulfs 2,144
acres is also a preserve which acts as an environmental study center.
Visitors can sight-see along the boardwalk, marvel at the wildlife and
picnic from 8am to 6pm.
The park is lush with ponds filled with
freshwater, pine flat woods, salt marshes, oyster bars, salt barrens,
oak hammocks and a mangrove forest.
Florida offers a diverse playground for all fishermen including deep
sea fishing, offshore fishing and freshwater fishing. Deep sea or
offshore fishing can be done for sport or fun (i.e. tarpon, fly,
shark,) off a hired charter boat or one of the many private boats in
Go freshwater fishing in a few of the states lakes and ponds
(make sure they are not private first) or in one of the many canal
systems. Navigate through the states many mangroves for some saltwater
fishing or try something different with kayak, snorkel or reef fishing.
Tampa Golf Courses
Tampa has some of the best golf courses in the country including
country clubs and private and public courses. Heritage Isle Golf and
Country Club provides 18 holes of golf surrounded by Florida’s natural
beauty and wildlife.
The Eagles Golf Course provides two 18 hole
courses, a banquet facility, practice range, pool and playground area.
The Pebble Creek Golf Club offers memberships and a public course. The
club has water on 16 of its holes, natural wildlife and a pub.
There are also a number of Tampa Golf vacation packages that are offered at the various resorts in the area.
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