Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County is located in Central West Florida bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay and Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Pasco Counties. 

Hillsborough County was established in 1834 and named for Wills Hills, the Earl of Hillsborough. 

Hillsborough County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
998,948
Population - 2010
1,229,226
Population - 2015 Est
1,325,563
Land Area (sq mi)
1,020
Water Area (sq mi)
246
Total Area (sq mi)
1,266
Average Rainfall
49
Temperature - Average High
82
Temperature - Average Low
60

One of Florida's best parks for dynamic biking trails is the Alafia River State Park. The park features 17 miles of bike trails that cover some of the highest elevation changes found in Florida. The park also offers at least 20 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians through pine flat wood, and with the abundance with wildlife it is also great for bird watching. The giant park is also home to a campground, playgrounds, opportunities for canoeing and fishing, and much more.

Amalie Arena is located in downtown Channelside Tampa, Florida and is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team and the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football team. The arena, originally named the Ice Palace and most recently the Tampa Bay Times Forum, hosts other events, basketball, and concerts. . 

October 22, 2017

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay independent music festival features Alt, Reggae, Surf, Ska music genres on the bank of the Hillsborough River with proceeds helping to support Chillin' For Kids. 

 

Florida State Fairgrounds Complex, located in Tampa, Florida, includes the Expo Hall, Entertainment Hall, Special Events Center, Florida Center and Botanical Gardens, Pavillion and Waterfront Cafe as well as other outdoor locations that include an Equestrian Center.

October

Location: Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

 

Hillsborough County School District is a school district headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It is the third largest school district in Florida and the 8th largest in the United States. The district is famously known for having received recognition for being awarded 100 million dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

November

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida

April 29 - April 30, 2017

Location: Plant City, Florida

10th Annual Blueberry Festival in Plant City, Florida featuring live entertainment, food and craft vendors, kids area and U-Pick Blueberries. 

Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the University of South Florida football, Outback Bowl and Monster Jam. Located in Downtown Tampa Bay, and hosts to large concerts and other events and festivals. 

May 12, 2017

Location: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida

Enjoy wines and sample fantastic foods from some of Tampa Bay's best restaurants while listening to live entertainment and strolling among some of the most amazing animals and plants native to Florida and around the world. 

April 22, 2017

This festival welcomes visitors from around the sunshine state and the world to share in celebration of music, entertainment, exhibits, crafts steeped in Caribbean American heritage with multi-culturism being it's central focus. 

May 27, 2017

Location: Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, Florida

5th annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival includes an awesome lineup of bands, a huge variety of Margaritas, tequila tasting and a fireworks show to end the night. 

September 1-3, 2017

Location: Tampa Bay

Experience powerful, informative workshops led by trained professionals, in addition to scene, monologue, and short play competitions, and theatrical entertainment that will leave audiences with a memorable experience.

November

Location: Tampa Bay, Florida

One of Hillsborough County’s oldest cultural celebrations, The Tampa Greek Festival was established more than 30 years ago to  share its heritage, its Orthodoxy and its wonderful food with the Tampa Bay community. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy strolling through the Grand Hall, indulging in inventive spirits at the Opa! Party Tent,  and discovering market treasures.

May 11-14, 2017

Location: Historic Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

Tampa's own fringe performing arts festival featuring theatrical performances, stand-up comedy, dance and other performances that are un-juried.

September 1-4, 2017

Location: Tampa, Florida

May 13, 2017

Location: Historic Woodmont Park in Temple Terrace, Florida

Sample 70 plus beers from 30 different brewers - from home brewers to local brewing companies to the really BIG guys - who all agreed to bring their best brews! Plus entertainment and food trucks! 

Website Listings

The Academy is a Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women.

Academy Prep with a Center in both St. Petersburg and Tampa, is a rigorous private middle school for students qualifying for need-based scholarships.

The American Youth Academy (AYA) is a Pre-K through 12 private school providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating Islamic environment to produce future leaders, who will have achieved academic excellence, are morally and socially responsible citizens, and are well-equipped to interact with the community around them and the world at large.

Bayshore Christian School is a college preparatory, private Christian school located in the heart of Tampa, Florida serving students from age 2 through 12th grade. We provide our students an educational climate that is academically excellent and unashamedly Christian. Our faculty and staff guide students through a methodical process of learning that focuses on core knowledge enriched with the arts, technology, foreign language, and athletics. 

Berkeley Preparatory School is a Pre-K - Grade 12 co-educational independent, Episcopal day school located in Tampa, Florida. Berkeley educates the whole child by nurturing students’ intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical development so they may attain their highest potential. 

Brandon Academy is a non-denominational school that serves the Brandon community.  It remains the only school in the area accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools. The mission of Brandon Academy is to educate children in an environment of respect coupled with a commitment to quality education in a challenging program to prepare students to be leaders in the global community. 

Carrollwood Day School is a PK-12 International Baccalaureate World School with a STEEM program featuring science, technology, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship. 

Groups, Blogs & More

Bay Area Christian Homeschoolers (BACH) is a not for profit, volunteer, non-denominational Christian support group for homeschooling families mainly in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. We are Christian-based but not Christian-exclusive. Our purpose is to encourage our member families in their homeschooling efforts by providing fellowship, information, socialization and support. 
 

This group is designed to provide Catholic Homeschoolers in the Tampa Bay Area with the opportunity to participate together in group activities, exciting fieldtrips, educational experiences, developmental opportunities and service projects throughout the area. We are happy to welcome non-Catholics, but we do ask that all members respect the Catholic nature of this list. 

This group is specifically for Christian (all denominations) tweens and teens ages 10 and up. Fun, active group serving the greater Tampa area. 

This is a Christ-centered home school support group ministering to approximately 200 families in Brandon and the Tampa Bay area.  FISH offers a variety of co-ops, competitive sports, recreational sports, field trips, band, choir, chess, P.E. and much more. 

LIFE of Tampa is a collaborative, alternative learning group that believes Learning Is For Everyone, and should be a rich and satisfying experience that creates a never-ending desire to learn more!

Are you tired of wading through all the religious rhetoric and intolerance when it comes to homeschooling your kids? This group was formed so that homeschoolers in the area could find other like-minded folks without fear of being judged for their religious choices or lifestyle choices. We are an open-minded homeschool group for the New Tampa and East Pasco Florida area. We mostly discuss homeschooling but are open to other topics that you might discuss amongst friends. 

CREATE is a social group for creative teens ages 14-18 ​hosting fun, artsy, and alternative events. CREATE welcomes teens with all creative interests and passions such as music, acting, writing, art, film, gaming, and more. We are a secular group and a safe, loving environment for ALL.

THINK is an inclusive group, open to all homeschooling families. Our mission is "to provide a secular environment for homeschool families to share educational resources and camaraderie and to encourage learning in its broadest sense".