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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bayshore Linear Park Trail
Bayshore Linear Park Trail

(813) 274-8615

312 Bayshore Blvd
Tampa, FL 33606   Directions

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Bayshore Linear Park Trail is 4.5 miles of the world's longest continuous sidewalk. The name comes from its street name and sidewalk width. You'll pass by scenic water views and prestigious mansions, many on the National Historic Register. If you get tired or thirsty there are plenty of benches and water fountains along the outdoor pathway.

Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue

(813) 920-4130

12802 Easy St
Tampa, FL 33625   Directions

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Visit the largest sanctuary in the world dedicated to the permanent care of abused and abandoned big cats at Big Cat Rescue. While you explore this outdoor oasis, you'll come to appreciate all the hard work and dedication that goes into caring for the animals that are no longer capable of living in the wild. The sanctuary is situated on 55 acres in the Citrus Park area of north Tampa.

Blake Trail
Blake Trail

(813) 274-8211

Tampa, FL

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A walk along Tampa's Blake Trail offers views of the city's impressive skyline, the majestic river and a variety of family friendly activities. Its 12-foot wide, concrete trail winds along the west side of the Hillsborough River at Riverfront Park. Bring the family to enjoy a picnic, sports courts or a row on the river.

Canoe Escape
Canoe Escape

(813) 986-2067

12702 US 301
Thonotosassa, FL 33592   Directions

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Rent a canoe from Canoe Escape, located minutes from downtown Tampa. Take the whole family on a paddling adventure on the Hillsborough River that surrounds a 16,000 acre wildlife preserve. Pack a lunch and bring your camera to capture pictures of the alligators, snakes, turtles and birds you'll see on your adventure.

Fun Flats Fishing
Fun Flats Fishing

(813) 885-7333

8404 Boulder Place
Tampa, FL 33615   Directions

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Drop a line with Fun Flats Fishing! Spend a day fishing with Captain Mark and you'll be headed for the best fishing spots off the Tampa coastline. Experienced anglers and novice fishermen will enjoy fishing the beautiful back country flats for redfish, trout, snapper and Spanish mackerel. While on the water, you'll be able to spot dolphins and other marine life. All charters include the fishing license, custom rods and reels, and live bait and cold drinks.

Lettuce Lake Park
Lettuce Lake Park

(813) 987-6204

6920 E Fletcher Ave
Tampa, FL 33637   Directions

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A hub for outdoor activities is Tampa's Lettuce Lake Park. The 240-acre scenic park invites visitors to ride a bike on the bicycle path, rent a canoe or kayak, catch a fish, eat out at the wooded picnic areas and watch wildlife from the 3,500-foot boardwalk with observation tower.

Tampa Bay Boat & Jet Ski Rentals
Tampa Bay Boat & Jet Ski Rentals

(813) 294-7163

7629 W Courtney Campbell Causeway
Tampa, FL 33607   Directions

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Tampa Bay Boat & Jet Ski Rentals has outdoor lovers gliding along the water like a skater on ice. Exercise with a purpose or just come to play, when you learn the amazing sport of sculling. Enjoy a fabulous day rowing with friends and family or send the kids to a summer camp they will never forget.

The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium

(813) 273-4000

701 Channelside Dr
Tampa, FL 33602   Directions

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Listen to penguins on your cell phone at The Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The family fun destination is recognized as one of the best aquariums in the nation. Discover 250,000 square feet of underwater galleries, exhibits and attractions filled with fish, sharks, sting rays and more. You can even purchase farm-raised fish for your tank at home!

Urban Kai
Urban Kai

(813) 598-1634

Tampa, FL

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Interested in something unique to do with family? Stand-Up Paddleboarding by Urban Kai brings smiles to the young and old. You don't have to be an athlete or a water sports expert to enjoy the fine art of paddleboarding and the staff at Urban Kai will patiently guide you and yours through a day of nature-filled entertainment.

Weedon Island Preserve
Weedon Island Preserve

(727) 453-6500

1800 Weedon Dr
St Petersburg, FL 33702   Directions

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Nature and outdoor enthusiasts flock to Weedon Island Preserve located in Tampa's beautiful St. Petersburg. Go ahead, take a hike on miles of nature trails or throw a line off the side of the fishing pier. Get a bird's eye view of nature from atop the observation tower. Float your boat at the paddling trails and get schooled on the area's fascinating history at the Cultural and Natural History Center after your boatride. You won't run out of adventures at this park.

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