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Hillsborough County

Hillsborough at a Glance
Coastal Cities Tampa
Popular Spot Ybor City Museum State Park
Sandy Beaches 2.1 miles
Public Accesses 3
Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail 20 sites
State Parks & Lands Acres

Alafia River Corridor
Alafia River State Park 7,717

Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park


Egmont Key State Park

Hillsborough River State Park 3,319

Little Manatee River State Park

Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve 16,000

Upper Hillsborough Preserve


Ybor City Museum State Park


Federal Lands

Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge 294
MacDill Air Force Base 5,767

Bays & Inlets
Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Bay, Cockroach Bay, McKay Bay, East Bay
Rivers & Paddling Trails
Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail

Are you ready to embark on a journey to Hillsborough County, Florida? This vibrant destination offers a treasure trove of experiences that go beyond the ordinary. From thriving art scene to rich historical landmarks, lively festivals and engaging museums, Hillsborough County invites you to immerse yourself in a world of cultural exploration and discover. Whether you are an art enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking an enriching getaway, Hillsborough County promises an unforgettable adventure that will leave you inspired and longing for more.

Visit the Central Art District to go on a voyage of cultural discovery. This bustling center for art galleries and creative expression showcases the skills of regional and international artists. Visit the Tampa Bay History Center to learn more about the history, science, and arts that have formed the region via its fascinating exhibitions and interactive displays.

Discover the vibrant spirit of Hillsborough County by attending one of its events, such as Gasparilla a pirate-themed festival held annually in Tampa, Florida. The festival, which began in 1904, is named after the legendary pirate José Gaspar, who is said to have terrorized the Gulf of Mexico in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival has grown to become one of the largest and most popular events in the Tampa Bay area, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The festival includes a variety of activities, such as parades, live music, and street fairs, and is known for its lively atmosphere and colorful costumes.  

By visiting historical sites like the Henry B. Plant Museum, a famous structure that provides a window into the county’s history, you may go back in time. Explore the Ybor City Historic District to learn about the early settlers and major events in the county's history through the architecture and sites that have been carefully maintained.

Discover Hillsborough County's Museum of Science and Industry, The sprawling science center boast a wide array of interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that explore everything from space exploration and robotics to human and natural science visitors can experience a planetarium, a butterfly garden, and even a ropes course for an adventure-packed day of learning and discovery.

Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve has a mesmerizing fusion of marine life, lush ecosystems, and breathtaking panoramas. You can kayak through mangrove tunnels, see rich ecosystems alive with species and see the delicate balance of nature in action as you explore this protected refuge. You are invited to explore the calm waters of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, get in touch with nature's beauty, and get a greater understanding of how crucial it is to protect these fragile areas.

The island of Egmont Key State Park lies at the mouth of Tampa Bay Island is and is a refuge for wildlife from shorebirds to gopher tortoises. Egmont key can only be reached by boat whether private boat or public ferry. Don’t miss Egmont Key's secluded beach where shelling, a 19th-century fort and a lighthouse from 1858 await.

With its festivals, historical sites, museums, galleries, and other attractions, Hillsborough County inspires visitors with a rich and varied experience that extends beyond its well-known attractions. You'll learn more about the county's varied heritage and creative spirit as you explore its cultural offerings and interact with its creative community. Hillsborough County encourages you to journey into its past to forge enduring memories and uncover the alluring spirit that makes it a genuine cultural jewel.

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April 19, 2024 - 4:13pm

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