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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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Activities: Kayaking, Camping
Description: State park campground in forest and along river.

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My son love to look at the water and this is a great place to do so. Plus there is a park so you can burn off all that energy and have a sleepy baby at night.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

My son love to look at the water and this is a great place to do so. Plus there is a park so you can burn off all that energy and have a sleepy baby at night.

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Latrobe, Pennsylvania
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The listing for Hillsborough River Kayak isn't included on the Trip Advisor listing so I'm creating one. Discovered this family operated kayak rental on a search and glad I did. The part of the river (near Alicia Avenue) where you enter is scenic, easy when there's no wind, and is very cost effective. A few more strokes (plus) and you... More 

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Gibsonton, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Hillsborough River has so much to see and so many types of activities. From canoeing, to nature walks, boating with restaurant stops. There are multiple parks all over the river.

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Tampa, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

There is no question that a canoe trip from the park where you will ALWAYS see alligators and more will be an experience your visitors will long remember.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Views of the river from a boardwalk and observation tower are very good, with lots of opportunities for bird viewing (your mileage may vary).

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I was born an Raised in Tampa . I have lived here the biggest part of 73 years. Hillsborough River State park is still a very good place to go and just relax. More people more crowded. but still a very nice place to go

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Brandon, Florida, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

In over 20 years living in Tampa I have never been a fan of downtown. Too many high rises, few parklets and no areas that permits people to gather and enjoy their city space. That is chaning with the development of River Walk. Thanks to forward thinking Mayors Pam Iorio and Bob Buckhorn, the long debated and delayed projects are... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Canoe Escape will put you in the Hillsborough river in canoe or kayak for a gentle trip down stream and then will pick you up and return you to your vehicle. In the lush canopy you can see alligators, turtles, shore birds and disappear into the Florida of old. Best day trip possible.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The brackish water of the Hillsborough River is an excellent canoe trip. Pack a cooler with a jug of water and some lunch for a nice and relaxing trip in to nature. The mosses hanging in the Cypress of old Florida, wild orchids on trees, the solitude and serenity is pleasantly accepted. Enjoy lunch on a blanket while absorbing nature.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you enjoy seeing Florida with its Grandfather oak trees and sable palms and the way the settlers saw Florida years ago, then take a canoe ride down the Hillsborough River. The winding and turning of the river is beautiful, don't forget your camera.

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