Top 10 Outdoor Venues & Activities in Hillsborough County

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Top 10 Family-Friendly Venues & Activities In Tampa


Looking to spend more time outdoors? You’re going to love these fun outdoor attractions in Hillsborough County. Bring your sunscreen and water bottle and get outside.


1. A hole in one!

When you live in Tampa, a golf course is always nearby. Kids can practice their golfing skills with a friendly miniature golf outing at Ace Golf in Tampa. Get your competitive spirit going and experience the tropical-themed, with waterfalls, streams, ponds, and lush Florida vegetation.

  • Fun for kids and adults
  • Lighted for Night Play
  • Group Rates – bring your church, school, company or other organization.



2. Adventure Island Tampa Bay

Waterslides, lazy rivers, and pools never grow old for kids and the kid-at-heart. Cool off the summer heat at Adventure Island Tampa Bay. There are activities for families, toddlers, and teens. 





3. Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk is perhaps the heart of Tampa and you should check out our 10 Things to Do on The Riverwalk so you don’t miss any fun spots. There are lots of family-friendly events and attractions. You can join the 90-minute Public Art Walking Tour then dine al fresco at Sparkman Wharf.



4. Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is a one-stop-shop for adventures. With rides, a zoo, and family-friendly events, your kids would not want to leave this wonderful place. You can ride the different rollercoasters, Falcon’s Fury, the Congo River Rapids, or if your kids are still too young, take the Serengeti Express.





5. Zoo Tampa At Lowry Park

Zoo Tampa is perfect for kids who love being around animals. A day here will allow your kids to meet and feed various animals. They’ll also learn interesting facts about these animals.



6. Lithia Springs Regional Park

Lithia Springs Regional Park, is a park in Lithia, Florida. The park’s major attraction is a natural spring from which water flows year-round at a temperature of 72 degrees.

In addition to swimming, visitors can fish and play volleyball. There are also a benches and picnic tables near the playground. The park also has 45 camping sites—most are suitable for RVs—include water/shower and electrical services.  NOTE: COVID-19 update, the swimming area is currently closed. Please visit their website for updates.



7. Hillsborough River State Park

Take a relaxing day outdoors at Hillsborough River State Park. Let yourself be surrounded by nature—kayaking, canoeing, swimming, or hiking. You could also take a tour to learn more about the rich history of Hillsborough.





8. Picnic Island Park

Picnic Island Park is another relaxing outdoor spot for the whole family. While kids play in the sandy playground, you can play beach volleyball, disc golf course, or simply sunbathe on the beach. You could also go on a boat ride around the island.




9. Splash Pad/Sprinkler Park

Kids can cool down outside at some of these fun and colorful splash parks for families. Some of our favorites include:


10. Visit a Farm

Check out HorsePower for Kids & Animal Sanctuary for a fun afternoon with farm animals, pony rides, playground area and more.


For more activities that kids will surely enjoy, visit Family Friendly Tampa Bay.