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“canoe escape”(7 reviews)
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State park campground in forest and along river.
1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
+1 813-975-2160
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

If you like to experience something REAL, this is your place! The Hillsborough is a beautiful stream overflowing with nature. You can see alligators, turtles, fish and many many species of birds. Such a quiet and gentle stream filled with great surprises around every bend....More

Thank Bill J
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

I've seen most of the Hillsborough River at various locations from near the headwaters near Crystal Springs to Tampa Bay. The river is a great place to see natural Florida. Lettuce Lake Park and Hillsborough River State Park are more natural while Tampa Riverwalk and...More

Thank newlymarriedman12
Reviewed May 23, 2018

Hillsborough River runs through downtown Tampa, and offers beautiful views, daytime and night. This area of the river runs through condo canyons, convention center, arena, etc., but still provides an area to stroll, walk, run, or bike. We saw stingrays, small sharks, birds, and more....More

Thank FLworldwanderer
Reviewed March 27, 2018

When you visit Florida,you really should take the time to see these nature wonders like the Hillsborough River.

Thank Dean A
Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

Group of four rented two canoes from Canoe escape for a 2.5 hour trip down the river. There were few others and the river has so many beds that we were "just us" most of the time, even if it was Saturday and the weather...More

2  Thank Siri S
Reviewed February 2, 2018

We visited Hillsborough River State Park - a lovely park with great walking and camping - and also did the Canoe Escape out of Sergeant County Park. We floated down the river for 3 hours in the midst of amazing wildlife, and then they picked...More

1  Thank LML22
Reviewed December 26, 2017

My wife and I have canoed this river many times. We used to take our youth groups down part of the river during the Great River Raft Races. Those ended after one young person from another group drown. Those were the days when the river...More

Thank Bob19512014
Reviewed August 23, 2017

This is a great river that has many points of access. Many parks and a great place to take a day outing.

Thank Hermon D
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Water was afflicted by an algae bloom during my visit. Just idling either up, or down, the Hillsborough river churned up a smelly cloud of silt. Ramp was easy to use and void of any other boaters. The locals probaby know better than to launch...More

Thank pinelighterknot
Reviewed April 27, 2017

It is very nature and native area. We have been tubing by the river, it took about 4 to 5 hours. You can swim, you can just sit on your tube and enjoy the river and beautiful houses just by the river, also you can...More

1  Thank denizsoylu
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Cathy R
June 2, 2015|
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Response from LvmjV | Reviewed this property |
Not to my knowledge ~ just some resting places. Then again I only kayaked a section.
March 21, 2015|
Response from G2services | Reviewed this property |
There are no boat rentals on the river. You can rent a canoe at the Hillsborough State Park. The most fun would be a canoe or kayak trip from the park down to USF.