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Hillsborough River

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Address: 1101 East River Cove, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone Number: 813-975-2160
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State park campground in forest and along river.

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To watch the Hillsborough River in a nice cool day is very relaxing. A place to see Alligators and maybe some manatees. I enjoy it very much.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To watch the Hillsborough River in a nice cool day is very relaxing. A place to see Alligators and maybe some manatees. I enjoy it very much.

Thank Eve0330
Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have canoed this river for many years and never tire of the beauty and the wildlife always on display. Occasionally interrupted by power boaters, the farther up river you go , the less you are likely to be bothered by such outrages. Don't feed the critters - they live here. For folk who like this sort of thing, this... More 

Thank Bill B
Morden, Manitoba Canada
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the lazy alligators as we canoed down the river. Best to do on a sunny day when more gators are out.

Thank Bwooley
Bridgeton, New Jersey
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210 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hillsborough River winds its way through old Tampa and provides a potential resource for tourism. The river is not a particularly big river, but it brings the bay a little further in so everyone can enjoy it. We saw fishermen and bicyclists from Seminole Heights neighborhood all the way down to the bay, taking advantage of the bike path... More 

1 Thank CyndyandByron
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Twice over the past several years we have retreated from the confusion of modern cities and interstate highways and found real serenity on the Hillsborough River canoe trips near Morris Bridge Road. The river flows with enough current so you don't have to paddle very hard. The forest is very wild with birds and alligators along the way. And the... More 

3 Thank HerbMotley
Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

USF students can a kayak for $5/ two hours @ Fowler Ave near I75. Lettuce Lake state park cost $2 to get in and also rent canoes. Heading north on the river, you will find all types of wildlife. Gator, birds, and turtles everywhere. They are so much fun to watch.

4 Thank TPPChef
Tavares, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 472 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Spent the weekend at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk right on the Hillsborough River. So much to see and do here. Watched the sunset right over the river. Fish jumping, tons of boats cruising, and lots of folks enjoying the river and Riverwalk. Now there's a water taxi that gives tours of the rich & famous homes on the river. My favorites... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

I'm so glad Tampa is finally making the most out of the riverfront. It's a tidal river, so the water flows upstream when the tide comes in, which I've never seen before. You can see dolphins and manatees, and it's a great place to kayak or paddle board, or just stroll the new river walk.

3 Thank MissLaughsALot
Tarpon Springs, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The Hillsboro River is a great place to Canoe. It is filled with wildlife to include a few Alligators from time to time. There are nice areas where you can pull off to pick fruit or just relax in the sun. It does get pretty shallow in spots so be careful.

2 Thank Anubus6
Seffner, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I've been boating and fishing on the Hillsborough River for over 40 years and have seen much change. I only go in the freshwater portion which is above the dam near Rowlett Park. This is NOT a review of the brackish portion that flows through the downtown Tampa area. From the 56th Street bridge upriver, all the way to Nature's... More 

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