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Things to Do Parks


AL LOPEZ PARK – CT 4810 N Himes Ave. • Tampa, FL 33614 (813) 274-8615


Open daily from 5pm-10pm.


120-acre park features nature trails, picnic shelters, grills, playground equipment, fishing pier, walking/exercise trail, dog park and public restrooms.


ALAFIA RIVER STATE RECREATION AREA – BR 14502 County Rd. 39 S • Lithia, FL 33547 (813) 672-5132


Open daily from 8am-sunset. Features picnicking and fishing.


ALDERMAN’S FORD – BR 9625 Canoe Launch Loop • Lithia, FL 33547 (813) 757-3801


Open daily from sunrise-sunset.


Boardwalk and pedestrian/bicycle trails connect picnic areas on the Alafia River. The 1,141-acre park is also a popular canoe site.


CENTENNIAL PARK – YC 1800 8th Ave. • Ybor City, FL 33605 (813) 274-8615


A Saturday morning Farmers Market is held at this 2.5-acre park in historic Ybor City. Picnic tables and public restrooms are available.


CITY OF TAMPA PARKS


& RECREATION DEPARTMENT – DT 1420 N Tampa St. • Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 271-8615 www.tampagov.net/parksandrec


We operate 165 parks covering 2,286 acres and provide leisure programs that enhance the quality of life and encourage togetherness in our community.


COTANCHOBEE PARK – DT 601 Channelside Dr. • Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 274-8615


Waterfront park located along Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa. The 4.5-acre park includes playground equipment and a pier, as well as a memorial to the Seminole Indian Wars.


CURTIS HIXON WATERFRONT PARK – DT 600 N Ashley Dr. • Tampa, FL 33602 (813) 274-8615


The new eight acre Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park features a unique urban design, sustainable construction, and operational features including reclaimed water for irriga- tion and LED lighting. Park amenities include the Great Lawn with flexible perimeter seating to accommodate a wide range of programming and performances, a dog run, a kiosk with restrooms, and a pavilion building with restrooms, park offices and space for a future vendor. There are also two interactive fountains: the Louver fountain and the Mist fountain.


DEAD RIVER WILDERNESS PARK – NE 15098 Dead River Rd. • Tampa, FL 33592 (813) 987-6210


The park offers fishing, canoeing, hiking, bicycling, boardwalks and picnicking.


E.G. SIMMONS PARK – BR 2401 19th Ave. NW • Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 671-7655


Open daily from sunrise-sunset.


Boating, fishing, swimming and camping draw people to this 469-acre park on Tampa Bay. Bird-watching is also popular in the shallow waters of the surrounding mangrove swamps.


EDWARD MEDARD PARK – PC 5726 Panther Loop • Plant City, FL 33567 (813) 757-3802


Open daily from sunrise-sunset.


Popular freshwater fishing reservoir also features camp- ing, swimming and picnicking. A favorite park for company picnics and other large gatherings.


EGMONT KEY STATE PARK – SP 4905 34th St. S • St. Petersburg, FL 33711 (727) 893-2627


Visit Egmont Key State Park and enjoy the most beautiful waters of Tampa Bay. Relaxing and shell collecting along its pristine, palm-tree lined, secluded beaches is a year round favorite activity. Also see a 150-year-old working lighthouse, gun batteries built in 1898 to defend Tampa Bay and 100 year old brick roads. There is no gift shop on the island, so please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen when you visit.


EUREKA SPRINGS – ET


6400 Eureka Springs Rd. • Tampa, FL 33610 (813) 744-5536


Open daily from sunrise-sunset.


A 31-acre garden of rare and unusual plants, featuring a greenhouse, trellised walks, boardwalk and picnic area.


FLATWOODS WILDERNESS PARK & TRAIL – NE


16400 Morris Bridge Rd. • Thonotosassa, FL 33592


(813) 987-6211 Open daily from sunrise-sunset.


The park offers fishing, canoeing, hiking, bicycling, boardwalks and picnicking. Also includes a paved seven mile loop through Flatwoods Park. Trail heads available at entrance of Flatwoods Park (off Morris Bridge Rd.) or Bruce B. Downs Blvd. (just north of I-75).


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PARKS,


RECREATION & CONSERVATION – CT 1101 E River Cove St. • Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 975-2160 www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks


HILLSBOROUGH RIVER STATE PARK – NE 15402 U.S. 301 N • Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (813) 987-6771


Open daily from 8am-sunset.


Features campsites, youth tent camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, nature trails/hiking, and boating/canoeing.


J.B. STARKEY’S FLATWOODS


ADVENTURES – NW 12959 S.R. 54 • Odessa, FL 33556 (813) 926-1133 • www.flatwoodsadventures.com


Safari Bus and Horseback riding ecotours through an incredible 2,900 acre cattle ranch Monday Sunday. Petting zoo, hayrides, bonfires and full moon festivals. Visit our website or call for special events and calendar listings.


JOHN B. SARGEANT, SR. MEMORIAL


WILDERNESS PARK – NE 12702 Hwy. 301 • Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (813) 987-6208


The park offers fishing, canoeing, hiking, bicycling, boardwalks and picnicking.


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