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Hillsborough River State Park

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Address: 15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa, FL 33592
Phone Number: 813-987-6771
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Experience the Florida wilderness just outside of Tampa.

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Perfect Tampa day trip for preschool set

River rapids 30 minutes from Tampa? Yes, please! I've always been casually curious about this state park, but it wasn't until I wanted to prepare my preschooler for an upcoming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

River rapids 30 minutes from Tampa? Yes, please! I've always been casually curious about this state park, but it wasn't until I wanted to prepare my preschooler for an upcoming hiking vacation that I finally ventured here. It's a classic old Florida hike until you get to the park's highlight: actual class 2 rapids in central Florida. There's no tubing... More 

Thank TampaEditor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful shaded hiking along the river. We saw great wildlife and my dog loved the path, very little concrete. Take bug spray, the damp shaded path were teeming with mobs of mosquitos. My daughter was covered with bites, they even bit through her yoga pants! Pool, snack bar, and bike rentals available too.

Thank Shannon M
Kissimmee, Florida
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love the woods where the park is located, so many trails to hike on. Its time of the year for mosquitoes! Bring plenty of "Off" because they are huge here. The reason for only 2 stars will have to be because of 3 reasons, 1st you now have to pay $4 per person to go to the pool, even... More 

Thank B C
Ocean Springs, Mississippi
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Even though the threat of rain was ever present, there were LOTS of families here enjoying this park. Don't worry, it's plenty big enough to handle the load. In addition to the natural features one would expect (great river views and mossy oaks), there is a GIGANTIC swimming pool right next to a cafe with terrific grilled fish sandwiches. FOOD...in... More 

Thank CanoeU70
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

My mother used to bring us to the park every day of the summer. So I bring my children and grands. Great pool, shade and bar b que grills.. The swinging bridge, nature walk and river rapids are a must. Plenty of room for camping. Have fun...

Thank MrsChevalier
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Camping, canoeing, biking, beautiful pool, lots of wildlife, reasonable!! What a great place to spend a weekend away from the tv and computers.

Thank Susan1202
Union City, New Jersey
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281 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

a very pretty park located just 15-20 minutes north of the Tampa area, has very pretty trails to walk on bordering the river; Camping and a pool along with a small cafe are located in the Park, along with bike and cart rentals.

Thank rex e
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

If you are looking for somewhere to reconnect with nature you have got to visit this park. Less than thirty minutes from Tampa and an one hour twenty minutes from Orlando. The entry fee to the park is $4.00, make sure you get a map from the ranger's station. The park has a playground for the children, a fishing canal... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Outstanding campground. Bathrooms were very clean, and sites were spacious with water and electric. Fire pits, grills and picnic table at each site. Only one dump site for the park so depending on time, you may have a little wait. Plenty of trails to explore, canoe/kayak, biking, and a large swimming pool. Pet friendly. The only reason I didn't give... More 

Thank pradacowgirl
Tampa, Florida
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

Great campground. Excellent staff. We have camped here three times now and had never had any issues. Rangers come around on a regular basis. Plenty of wildlife and paved roads for night time biking. Love it!!!

Thank uk2017

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