Meandering inlets and sunlit bay waters, mangroves, islands, bird sanctuaries and marshy canoe and kayak trails offer an ideal paradise for outdoor recreation and fun. Miles of hiking and biking trails, open swimming beaches, fresh water springs and thousands of acres of natural marine estuaries are among Tampa Bay’s natural highlights.
Explore the Hillsborough River through Canoe Escape, a 16,000-acre wilderness park and discover the natural Florida. See birds, turtles and gators on a two-hour to full-day downstream paddling adventure with family, friends or business associates.
The Manatee Viewing Center’s mission is to educate the public about the Florida manatee and its habitat. The center is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary.
Experience one of America's finest gardens and nature preserves, Bok Towers Gardens, or explore Hillsborough River State Park, one of Florida’s first state parks. Hillsborough River State Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking; a canoe/kayak launch is available at parking lot #4.