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. . 

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.

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.

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. 

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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.

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.

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."

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

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".