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Big Cat Rescue
#1 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
This 67 acre property is nestled off the beaten path near Citrus Park Mall and it is a lush verdant reserve.
I would highly recommend a visit if you are a nature lover and in the area.
Lettuce Lake Regional Park
#2 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Very nice picnic shelters, safe playgrounds and very courteous park rangers, The 1 1/4 mile paved trail is quiet, serene and filled with wildlife, like rabbits, possums, armadillos, tortoises, rare birds, and deer.
... it fantastic and enjoy the walk on the trails and on the woodwork over the swamp, it is the perfect spot for wonderful nature pictures, especially if we happen to encounter a lot of bids, alligators, and turtles.
Courtney Campbell Trail
#3 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
We usually start at Cypress Point Park which is a couple miles south along the shore, but it also connects to the trail via a safe cycling path.
Every single time I am here I keep filming and taking pictures as if I just discovered it: I simply love nature and humans' amazing pieces of engineering and accomplishments.
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Bayshore Boulevard
#4 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Nice view of bay, beautiful restored homes, great gardens, nice drive, drive all the way to the end and the most unusual-- past the condos there is a waterfront park and across a horse ranch.
The 3-mile bike lane, a linear park, and the Bayshore Greenway Trail provide scenic views of urban Tampa and the water.
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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
#5 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
The park was a master piece of former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio and the current Mayor Bob Buckhorn has complimented it with the beautiful River Walk that kind of completes a perfect union of Tampa downtown's new beauty.
The kids can run and run in this spacious area, and the park has climbing, swinging, spinning and tons of fun for the kids and benches for adults to sit and talk within eyesight of their kiddos.
Hillsborough River
#6 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
They have great trails to walk and great nature and rapids and boating and walking and jogging and so on.
We visited Hillsborough River State Park - a lovely park with great walking and camping - and also did the Canoe Escape out of Sergeant County Park.
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ZooTampa at Lowry Park
#7 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
We recommend a visit the next-time you are here in the Tampa Bay Area to the Lowry Park Zoo - you will have a fun & enjoyable encounter... Till Later; Be-Safe Happy Traveling: John & Jackie Scalise/Palm Harbor, Fl...
This zoo provides lots of animals to see along with a specific children's area, a couple of rides and a narrated "safari tour" all included in the price.parking is free and there are areas to picnic in the park.
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Lowry Park
#8 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
This is a great park with areas to picnic (Must Reserve) and concerts in the summer and a boat launch and parking and places for the kids to play and next door to Lowry Zoo.
The park also has a boat ramp, a dock, and plenty of picnic pavilions for great family outings!
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Ybor City State Museum
#9 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Our entire family (2 adults and a 10 & 8 year old) genuinely enjoyed the guided tour from the park ranger, the video in the interpretive center and the exhibits in the museum.
Ask the Park Guides for their favorite places to eat locally in Ybor as well as other places to visit in Tampa or Tampa Bay - they are very helpful!
The Florida Aquarium
#10 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
There is so much to see...wetlands, an Indian Ocean coral reef, an interactive stingray beach, a two-acre outdoor water adventure park, a two-story pirate ship and Cafe Ray, which offers a wide selection of afford...
Exhibits are very educational and friendly, large aquarium pools full of sea life, providing the beauty of the nature under water.
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Ballast Point Park
#11 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Ballast Point Park is a fantastic park to walk through, watch the wild life, fish off the pier, sit on a porch swing over looking the bay, picnic at picnic tables scattered throughout the shaded areas of the park.
There are several paved paths around the park and along the bay offing great water views and picturesque views of the Tampa Skyline.
The Upper Tampa Bay Trail
#12 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Nice wide path from Old Memorial and W. Waters Avenue for miles past Citrus Park north.
My friend showed me this great trail on an evening ride from the Bay Bayou RV park.
Cypress Point Park
#13 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Great little beach, clean, has a small park for the kids, a trail if you want to ride your bike or jog, picnic tables, plus free parking.
The park has a kids playground, grills, pavilions, benches, "beaches", even disc golf. 
Al Lopez Park
#14 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
shaded areas - several playgrounds, small hiking path, super fun for all - there is also a dog park and plenty of free parking
The park is a busy place on the weekend and during the week, you'll find plenty of people taking advantage of the quiet beauty the park provides.
Morris Bridge Park
#15 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
We did about 2 1/2 mile nature trail and bicycle path walk.
Lots of trails to explore in this park and its surrounding sister parks.
Eureka Springs Park
#16 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Small park with well-tended flower beds with unique flowering plants such as blue sage and yellow justicia.
Ranger Grizz gave us a tour of the park and spent time teaching us about the history.
Upper Tampa Bay Park
#17 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
It's clean, well kept, has excellent bathroom facilities, trails, fields, picnic areas and pavilions and an amazing Nature Center.
One of the best parks in the area for hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking and pure natural beauty.
Picnic Island Park
#18 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
This little gem is right by my house and I go often just to get a taste of nature and sunsets....
Kudos to the City of Tampa, the Tampa Parks and Recreation Department, and of course, the taxpayers.
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Croc Encounters
#19 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
The staff and owners do a great job with the landscaping(think Jurassic Park!),upkeep and overall health of the animals.
Waterworks Park
#20 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
The park is host to a bandshell, open green, river path, splash fountain play area, dog park, Ulele spring and is anchored on the North end by Ulele restaurant.
Awesome park my kids always have fun there.
Fun Flats Fishing
#21 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Jose Marti Park
#22 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
This is a very small Park so seeing it will be quick but it is highly unusual because the land of the park is part of the Republic of Cuba and it's one of the few places in the United States where you can step int...
We visited the park during a tour of Ybor City....a nice, pretty little park with a lot of history behind it.
Veterans Memorial Park and Museum
#23 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Nicely kept park with history and wonderful memorials
It has a small museum, open 10am-3pm M-F, worth visiting, but the memorials around the park are what make this place special.
Sparkman Wharf
#24 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
#25 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Tampa
#26 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Lots of individual gardens like the Salsa garden and the orchid garden, places to relax, picnic even, enjoy nature.
I heard it was the place to go take pics of nature.
Davis Island Dog Beach
#27 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
What a great park! Simba loved jumping in the bay to retrieve his stick.
The water park also has a separate fenced in area at the end of the park if you want a quieter location away from the beach itself.
Playgrounds
#28 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
Bin T Davis Beach
#29 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa
It’s a beach/park along the causeway.
Centennial Park
#30 of 40 Nature & Parks in Tampa