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
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 ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, Florida, 33614
Restrooms: 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
15299 McGrady Road, Wimauma, Florida, 33598
Bayshore Linear Park Trail

Known as the World's Longest Continuous Sidewalk, Bayshore Boulevard is 4.5 miles of scenic views paralleling Tampa Bay. This 10 foot- wide sidewalk s ...

Free: Yes
Area: South Tampa (Includes Downtown/Hyde Park/Beach Park)
312 Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa, Florida, 33602
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 ...

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

The Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve was acquired from 1997 through 2003 by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisiti ...

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

This site features historically significant fire rings from its days as a former Boy Scouts of America camping ground. The site provides preservation ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes), East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
4230 Green Key Road, New Port Richey, Florida, 34652
Camp Bayou

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

Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
4140 24th Street SE, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
Restrooms: yes
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 ...

Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
3839 Gulf City Road, Ruskin, Florida, 33570
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
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 ...

Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
15098 Dead River Road, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592
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
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
Restrooms: Yes
Eureka Springs Regional Park

This site was developed into a botanical garden of rare and unusual plants as a result of many years of work by Albert Greensburg, who donated the sit ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
6400 Eureka Springs Rd., Tampa, Florida, 33610
Restrooms: Yes
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 ...

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 ...

Florida State Parks
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 ...

Area: East Tampa (Temple Terrace/Brandon)
15402 U.S. 301 North, Thonotosassa, Florida, 33592
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: yes
Lake Park

Lake Park is home to an archery range, a BMX bicycle track, two equestrian arenas and a radio-controlled car track, making it one of Hillsborough Coun ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
17302 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Lutz, Florida, 33549
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: 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 ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
9010 North Mobley Road, Odessa, Florida, 33556
Restrooms: ywa

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 ...

Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
6920 E Fletcher Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33637
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: (ADA Accessible)
Little Manatee River State Park

The Little Manatee River begins in a swampy area near Fort Lonesome and flows almost 40 miles before emptying into Tampa Bay. The river has been desig ...

Area: Riverview/Apollo Beach/Ruskin
215 Lightfoot Rd., Wimauma, Florida, 33598
Restrooms: Yes
Lowry Park

Across from Lowry Park Zoo along the Hillsborough River is the 0.9-mile asphalt Lowry Park Trail. The trail meanders along the riverfront and through ...

Type of Trail: Walking
Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes)
7525 North Boulevard, Tampa, Florida
Restrooms: Yes
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 ...

Area: New Tampa (Wesley Chapel/Zephyrhills)
17001 Dona Michelle Dr, Tampa, FL, 33612
Restrooms: Yes
Sensing Nature

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

various locations- see website, Florida
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
Restrooms: Yes
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

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

Various Location Depending on season. See website., Tampa, Florida
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 ...

Area: West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
8001 Double Branch Road, Tampa, Florida, 33635
Inclusive Playground: Yes
Restrooms: (ADA Accessible)
Upper Tampa Bay Trail

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is located in residential northwest Hillsborough County. Currently, the trail runs along the west shore of Channel A from a ...

Area: North Tampa (Carrollwood/Odessa/Land O’ Lakes), West Tampa (Westchase/Town and Country/Citrus Park)
9201 West Waters Avenue, Tampa, Florida, 33635
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