Thonotosassa, Florida

Thonotosassa is small town located in Hillsborough County. Interestingly, the town gets its unique name from the Seminole-Creek words thlonto and sasse, meaning the place was a source of valuable flint. While Thonotosassa is still an industrial area, there is more it has to offer. If you are looking for a hiking trail amidst wildlife and natural picturesque views, look no further, Thonotosassa offers an 8-mile asphalt trail that will sooth your wanderlust.

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.

Fort Foster State Historic Site

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. 

Hillsborough River State Park