Nature Adventures

This page lists nature parks, botanical gardens, environmental centers, and other places where kids can study and enjoy nature in the Tampa, Florida area.
Kids Tampa: Nature Adventures - Fun 4 Tampa Kids
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Al Lopez Park

Al Lopez Park has a 1.2 mile interior loop asphalt multi-purpose trail. The trail is 15 feet wide with overhead lighting. On the northeastern edge of ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, Florida, 33614
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Al Palonias Park

Al Palonias Park contains a nature trail and boardwalk that meanders through mangrove tunnels into Tampa Bay. The park also offers a pier and picnic a ...

Area: South Tampa (Includes Downtown, Hyde Park, Beach Park)
5151 W. Gandy Blvd., Tampa, Florida, 33611
Alafia River Corridor Preserve

Hiking Trail Trail head for the hiking trail is at the north boundary of the Pinecrest Sports Complex (located on Hwy. 39, approximately one mile nor ...

Type of Trail: Horseback Riding, Walking
Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
931 Old Welcome Road, Lithia, Florida, 33547
Alafia Scrub Preserve

Alafia Scrub Preserve offers bird watching, geocaching, hiking, nature study, trails - Hiking. The Preserve has eighty acres of hammock, scrub, creeks ...

Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
10243 Elbow Bend Road, Riverview, Florida, 33578
Alderman's Ford Preserve

Lands on either side of the Alafia River from Alderman's Ford Park westward between SR 39 and Lithia Pinecrest Road. The hiking trail entrance is on t ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
8911 Turkey Creek Road, Lithia, Florida, 33567
Balm Scrub Preserve

This preserve is home to 2692 acres of endangered sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, oak hammocks, creeks, grassy meadows, and freshwater marshes. Fe ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
15299 McGrady Road, Wimauma, Florida, 33598
Bell Creek Preserve

This preserve is home to a 500-acre sanctuary featuring pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes, sandhill, swamps, open grasslands, oak hammocks, ponds, sa ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
10940 McMullen Road, Riverview, Florida, 33569
Blackwater Hammock Preserve

Nine acres of beautifully wooded frontage on the Hillsborough River, owned and managed by the City of Tampa. Contact the Tampa Parks and Recreation De ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
8000 North Veve Lane, Tampa, Florida, 33610
Boy Scout Preserve

An area northeast of the intersection of Lithia Pinecrest Road and Lithia Springs Road, along the Alafia River. This Preserve features bird watching a ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
5447 Lithia-Pinecrest Road, Lithia, Florida, 33547
Brooker Creek Buffer Preserve

Five-hundred acres of oak scrub, pine woods, open fields, cypress swamps, and freshwater marshes in and around Brooker Creek. Access for day use h ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
18202 Patterson Road, Odessa, Florida, 33556
Camp Bayou

Camp Bayou is an outdoor environmental education facility operated in partnership between the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation D ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
4140 24th Street SE, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
Cockroach Bay Preserve

Estuarine shoreline, restored tidal wetlands, and replanted upland areas located along both sides of Cockroach Bay Road in Ruskin. Boat ramp access ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
3839 Gulf City Road, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
Cockroach Creek Greenway Preserve

Five hundred and fifty acres of freshwater marshes, pine flatwoods, streams, and oak hammocks south of Valroy Road and north of the Manatee County Lin ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
4110 Valroy Road, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
Croc Encounters

Croc Encounters is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to rescuing unwanted reptiles. Croc Encounters offers personal guided tours, tours for schools and ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
8703 Bowles Rd., Tampa, Florida, 33737
Cypress Creek Preserve

The 2500-acre Cypress Creek Nature Preserve is part of a vast wildlife corridor which extends into Pasco and Polk Counties. Cypress Creek drains in ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
18000 Lizard's-Tail Road, Lutz, Florida, 33647
Cypress Point Park

Parking, restrooms, trails, picnic tables and shelters are available at this beautifully restored beach access area. Features include: Bird Wat ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
5620 West Cypress Street, Tampa, Florida, 33607
Dairy Farm Preserve

The Dairy Farm consists of 372 acres of open fields, cypress swamps, created wetlands, and riverine floodplain along the Hillsborough River. The unpav ...

Type of Trail: Horseback Riding, Walking
Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
15302 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592
Dead River (Wilderness Regional Park)

Dead River is situated at the confluence of Dead River and the Hillsborough River. Nature lovers appreciate a scenic two-mile trail alongside the Hill ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
15098 Dead River Road, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592
Diamondback Preserve

This 9-acre preserve features a tidal creek, hammock and mangrove forest on Old Tampa Bay north of the Howard Frankland bridge. Features include: ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
5602 W. Gray Street, Tampa, Florida, 33609
Double Branch Bay Preserve

The estuarine system is composed of mangroves, tidal marshes, manmade islands, oyster bars, bayous and creeks. The upland area contains pine flatwoo ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
12460 W. Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33635
E.G. Simmons Regional Park

E.G. Simmons Park has over 7 miles of shoreline. An additional 200 acres of Mangrove swamp has been preserved as a bird sanctuary. The Park features 1 ...

Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Edward Medard Park

Originally called Pleasant Grove Park and Reservoir, Edward Medard Park underwent many transformations before it was donated to The Southwest Florida ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
6140 Edward Medard Parkway, Plant City, Florida, 33567
Florida Aquarium, The

Come discover one of the best aquariums in the country at The Florida Aquarium in beautiful downtown Tampa. A wonderful family destination with plenty ...

Area: South Tampa (Includes Downtown, Hyde Park, Beach Park)
701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida, 33602
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Florida has 3 million acres of freshwater lakes, 12,000 miles of rivers and streams, and more than 8,000 miles of coastline--all of which have fish. N ...

Free: Yes
Florida State Parks

The Florida State Parks System encompasses approximately 158 parks, including everything from museums and cultivated gardens to whole island and immen ...

Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program

Junior Rangers, Explore....The Real Florida! The Florida State Parks Junior Ranger Program provides the opportunity for young people to learn, serve a ...

Free: Yes
Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT) is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. At its core is a network o ...

Hillsborough River State Park

Opened in 1938, Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida's first state parks; this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsbor ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Lake Rogers Regional Park

This 272-acre park was developed as a joint venture between Hillsborough County and the City of St. Petersburg. Natural features within the park inclu ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
9010 North Mobley Road, Odessa, Florida, 33556
Letterboxing

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining artistic ability with delightful "treasure-hunts" in beautiful, scenic places that the whole family ca ...

multiple locations
Lettuce Lake Regional Park

Wooded picnic areas and playground are family favorites. A bicycle path/jogging trail, complete with a fitness course, meander through the park. Lettu ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
6920 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33637
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: (ADA Accessible)
New Tampa Nature Park

Famous for its zipline, the park also has trails and boardwalks and includes a connection to a trail at Hillsborough County's Flatwoods Wilderness Reg ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
17001 Dona Michelle Dr, Tampa, FL, 33612
Sensing Nature

Sensing Nature provides fun, indoor environmental education programs, exciting youth field trips and Florida ecotour experiences statewide for confere ...

Sweetwater Organic Farms

Sweetwater Organic Farms operates a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership program, Sweetwater Sunday Farmers’ Market and Music Series open ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
6942 West Comanche Ave, Tampa, Florida, 33634
Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch recruits volunteers of all ages from community groups, scout troops, schools and others to participate in salt marsh plantings, storm ...

Free: Yes
multiple locations, Tampa, Florida
Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center

Big Bend's discharge canal is a state and federally designated manatee sanctuary that provides critical protection from the cold for these unique, gen ...

Free: Yes
Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
6990 Dickman Rd, Apollo Beach, Florida, 33572
Tinkergarten

Outdoor activities for your kids that are simple, wildly fun and designed for learning. With Tinkergarten®, parents help their kids develop, grow a ...

Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park

This 596-acre peninsular park is bordered on the east by Double Branch Creek and on the south and west by Old Tampa Bay. The Park contains rich and di ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
8001 Double Branch Road, Tampa, Florida, 33615
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: (ADA Accessible)
USF Botanical Gardens

The Gardens maintain a living collection of plants, animals and natural habitats. The USF Botanical Gardens is part of the Department of Geography, En ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
12210 USF Pine Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33620
USF Botanical Gardens

The USF Botanical Gardens is part of the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning in the College of Arts and Sciences. It consists of about 1 ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
12210 USF Pine Dr, Tampa, Florida, 33620
Ybor City Museum Garden

The Mediterranean-style Ybor City Museum Garden provides a private, serene environment in a historic urban setting. Florida-friendly flowers and plant ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
1818 E 9th Ave, Tampa, Florida, 33605
Zephyr Park

Zephyr Park: Is a thirty-four (34) acre park that features the Alice Hall Community Center, (5) lighted tennis courts, handball, fishing, picnic pavil ...

Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
38116 5th Ave., Zephyrhills, Florida, 33542
Inclusive Playground: Yes