Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park
Photo courtesy of www.floridastateparks.org

This is a beautiful state park near the downtown Tampa area. There are over seven miles of natural trails to enjoy and it's also a great place to go for a swim on a hot day. Hillsborough River State Park is also home to Fort Foster State Historic Site, where they do occasional living-history demonstrations of life at Fort Foster. There are two occasions throughout the year: Fort Foster Rendezvous in January and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster in December. Both events are historical and neat to view, so be sure to check it out if you're close enough. They also tell you all about the fort and the part it played in the Second Seminole War. 

There's also a little business on the grounds called the Hillsborough Park Poolside Café where you can get food and beverages, along with souvenirs, rent canoes, kayaks, and bikes, as well as pick up picnic and camping supplies. There's lot of wildlife viewing and natural scenery here, so take a break from the city life and enjoy all that nature has to offer us.