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. 

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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. . 

What is essentially a series of islands in the South Eastern region of Tampa Bay, Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park does not actually have cockroaches on the property. What early Spanish explorers called "cockroaches" were nothing more than horseshoe crabs, and at one point, there was an abundance of these little sea critters. While the islands are 617 acres, about 500 of those acres are mangrove swamp, which makes it the perfect place for fisherman and/or birdwatchers. Keep in mind the islands are only accessible by watercraft so there are no actual facilities on them. In two small creeks along the shores, canoeing and kayaking is allowed. 

Egmont Key is a Florida State Park located in the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The park is primarily a wildlife refuge, and is accessible only by boat or ferry. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the views and abundance of wildlife that the park has to offer. There are multiple trails and unique historical sites here, including the ruins of Fort Dade: a 19th century era fort. Also present is a manned lighthouse that has stood since 1858. The remote nature of Egmont Key makes for a perfect getaway on its secluded beaches. However, this also means that there are no stores or drinking water to be found here. Come prepared, and enjoy a slice of the natural beauty that Florida has to offer!

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. The grounds are used throughout the year for a variety of events, especially for different festivals and live music performances. Both big names and smaller named musicians have made a showing here so make sure to keep up to date with the events that are hosted here. You don't want to miss out on something fun and/or exciting that's right around the corner from you!

Fort Foster State Historic site was originally a fort occupied by Col. William S. Foster and some 430 men. Today, the park can be enjoyed with a re-enactment of the conflict between the Seminole Nation and the U.S. military during the Second Seminole War. Park staff and re-enactors will be sure to provide families with a welcome trip into the history that sits in the backyard of Hillsborough River State Park with two living history events, featured annually in January and December: Fort Foster Rendezvous and the Candlelight Experience at Fort Foster.

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.

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. 

Little Manatee River State Park is known for having some of the cleanest water in Florida. Visitors can camp on site, horseback ride, fish, picnic, hike, and more. An amphitheater, shower station, playground, and laundry station are some of the amenities available at the park.

MacDill Air Force Base is a US Air Force base in Tampa, FL. It is home to many commands of military units from all branches of the military including the U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, and the 927th Air Refueling Wing. 

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. 

The Florida Aquarium is located on the waterfront in downtown Tampa whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire stewardship about our natural environment. One of the top Aquariums in the country it is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The Florida Aquarium has more than 20,000 animals including sharks, alligators, seahorses and more with hands on animal encounters, outdoor water adventure zone and even take a catamaran dolphin cruise! 

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This is a local park that features three fenced in areas and has water bowls, picnic tables, and other amenities for the whole family.

A'GACI is a store dedicated to all women's fashion. Clothing, shoes, and accessories fill the walls of this store to the max, complete with dressing rooms to try those outfits on. Casual and business attire alike, there is something here for even the pickiest female shopper!

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.

Bamboozle Cafe is an urban Vietnamese fusion restaurant. They offer an array of fresh vegan and affordable Vietnamese delicacies. Their goal is to Bamboozle their customers into healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle.

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. 

Brandon Regional Hospital is an acute care facility offering a number of specialty services including the Heart & Vascular Center, where the latest in cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive techniques are performed, The Behavioral Health Center, The Women’s Center, which includes their Baby Suites and 22 bed neonatal intensive care unit, The Reflux Center, and a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence.

Buddy Brew is a specialty coffee company that believes coffee should be more than just a boring cup o' joe. Whether you need your thirst quenched or a jolt of energy, Buddy Brew invites you to "brew good and do good" with their unique coffees and nitro cold brew.

 

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

Cigar City Brewing is one of West Florida's main attractions for those who seek excellent beer. They say it best themselves when explaining the quality of their passion, "Behind all our beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people."

Cigar City Cider & Mead is a second location to Cigar City's famous Tampa brewery, located in the Ybor City district of East Tampa. They specialize in craft ciders, but also carry an array of meads from around the world and a selection of craft beers. 

Cool Stuff Games is a shop that sells everything related to tabletop gaming including CCGs, Board Games, Miniatures, RPGs, and so much more. There are several Cool Stuff Game locations around Florida. They have daily events and tournaments every week, so check the website to find the fun event for you.

Cooley Law School is a law school with a main campus and two side campuses in Michigan. It also has a branch in Tampa, Florida. It is a law school with accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Coppertail Brewing is a Tampa based brewing company rooted in the historic Ybor neighborhood famous for its boutiques and vintage shops that stretch across 7th Avenue. Coppertail derives its name from a mythical sea monster that lives in Tampa Bay, given fictional life by the owner's 5-year-old daughter. The brewing company is most notable for its dark beers and dark label designs. 

PreK3-8 school fosters a love for learning through a staff who supports what the teachers do in using a strong knowledge and research base, seeking to implement best practices in education all at once. 

Croc Encounters is a non-profit sanctuary for unwanted reptilians, most famously alligators and crocodiles. The wildlife center provides educational tours for all ages.

Distasio Law Firm was founded on one simple principle. Every client deserves hands on personal service from their personal injury lawyer. Personal touch means we will take the time to fully understand your case and go the extra mile to represent you.

Easterseals has the nation’s largest network of inclusive child development centers for infants through preschool (0-5 years of age). In these settings educators meet the needs of students (with and without disabilities) through the use of specialized approaches and instruction to prepare preschoolers for entry into the school system or to support current students to achieve at their highest level.

Farmacy Vegan Kitchen and Bakery is a quick service restaurant that offers a well rounded, 100% plant-based menu. Customers can choose from a variety of made to order acai bowls, smoothies, wraps, and baked goods.

Florida Autism Center of Excellence (FACE) exclusively serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offering educational solutions for student’s ages 3 to 22 in pre-k through 12th grade and beyond. The School focuses on teaching the academic, social, language, behavioral, vocational and life skills needed to become independent in life. FACE is available to families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties. 

Florida Avenue Brewing is a Tampa based brewery whose goal is to create beers that epitomize what it means to be Floridian. The company was acquired by Brew Bus Brewing in 2015 and the two brands have since operated under the same roof. Florida Ave has several staple items, but outside of its Passion of the Heights Wheat Ale, is most notable for its seasonal Berliner-Weisse series. 

A distillery in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Florida. They are award winning distillers of products from an array of spirits including vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and moonshine.

Florida College is a college located in Temple Terrace. It teaches liberal arts programs through a biblical lens. With less than 1000 students, Florida College is a small school with a tight knit community dedicated to learning and serving God.

Florida College Academy is dedicated to providing its students with a competitive education in a safe, supportive, spiritual, and stimulating environment. We strive to foster an intrinsic love of learning, the development of individual skills and talents, an awareness of the value each person has to society, and an unshakable love and respect for God. 

Private Jewish Community Day School where students receive a superior education enhanced by the opportunity to learn about their place in the community.

Hillsborough County has the variety you are looking for all year round with the quality and creative parks that best exemplify the culture of the Tampa Bay Area. Discover the history of Hillsborough with the Burgert Brothers Photo Collection. Take it outside and commune with the birds at the Upper Tampa Bay Park. Get of your car and step onto another four wheeled vehicle at the Providence Skate Park. Try a hand at baseball and a number of other sports activities. 

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative has 32 branches. 21 are in Tampa and 2 are in Ruskin. Odessa, Valrico, Brandon, Lutz, Riverview, Seffner, Temple Terrace, and Thonotosassa. It also has two bookmobiles, a History and Genealogy Library, a Law Library, and a research center.

Imagine Escape Games is an entertainment venue located in Tampa, FL, featuring four unique escape rooms waiting to be solved. Experience the mystery and solve the puzzles in under sixty minutes with two to seven players. Grab friends or family members, or experience the fun with total strangers! Currently, they are donating 10% of their summer proceeds to different charities across Tampa Bay every two weeks, so check out Imagine Escape Games and find a room for you.

A visit to the International Plaza and Bay Street gives you an amazing indoor/outdoor shopping experience in downtown Tampa. It has over 200 upscale stores, many many delicious restaurants, and a hotel you can crash at when your shopping day is over. The top floor is home to Bay Street, an open air village of night life and restaurants.

Jersey College is a nursing college with 6 locations in New Jersey and Florida. The Florida Campuses are in Fort Lauderdale, Largo, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

Keel & Curley Winery is a unique winery that makes a blueberry wine from end of crop blueberries. Keel was a farmer and wanted to find a way to use these fruits after the end of the season. Making three different blueberry wines and several Fusion wines, Keel & Curley Winery is ranked one of Florida's best.

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". 
 

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