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Hillsborough River

Address: 1101 East River Cove, Tampa, FL 33612
Phone Number: 813-975-2160
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Ranked #11 of 67 Attractions in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Forests, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Owner description: State park campground in forest and along river.
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Type: Forests, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Owner description: State park campground in forest and along river.

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Dunedin, Florida
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321 reviews 321 reviews
154 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The City of Tampa and County have been working to clean up the river and enhance its features....boardwalks and taxi service and signature waterfront buildings and landscaping with native plants and a dog park. Used for rowing races.

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Perth, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This state park is great. The river is beautiful and there are lots of wildlife coming and going; we saw squirrels, woodpeckers, a gator and a raccoon. You can hire canoes and kayaks (pretty pricey really) and there's a pool that's free for campers with a cafe attached. My only issue was with the campgrounds, the sights are fairly big... More 

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New Lebanon, Ohio
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46 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Yeah, lots of 'em. We canoed the river & wow...don't flip your canoe. Pretty sure the inspiration for the new Godzilla movie was taken from one of the monsters we saw. When you see someone in a fishing boat WITH A MOTOR going the other way & they say...big gator down there...believe them.

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Tampa
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88 reviews 88 reviews
26 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Downstream of the dam is tidal and fully developed. Upstream of the dam is used for a lot of recreation. The most scenic part is north of Fletcher Avenue all of which is idle speed only. Hillsborough River State Park is a great day trip for hiking and camping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went kayaking as a family and the trip was just beautiful. There was so much wildlife- we saw turtles, fish, snakes and even some alligators. The kayaking was just challenging enough to make it interesting and time for a lot of laughs when we got temporarily stuck.

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The Bay Area, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Brand new river walk is very well done and offers beautiful views of the best building of Tampa, both day and night. Plenty of seating places, some water works, public toilets.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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126 reviews 126 reviews
26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Wow, one loves nature, we should not forget visiting this kind of cute and beautiful river...very nice

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The Hillsborough River park natural beauty and charm is all around. You must take a bike ride around the park and enjoy the scenery. The park is full of amenities, and is a beautiful place to hang around and spend a day or so wallowing in this natural beauty.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The River Walk located on the Hillsborough was a great place to get in a good jog, run and/or walk. I did this every morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. The view from the Convention Center area was awesome......

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great place to take your boat and go fishing or just cruising around. It is quiet and take a picnic lunch or grab one of the restaurants off of the water. Peaceful and relaxation and seeing Tampa Bay.

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