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Hillsborough River

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Address: 1101 E River Cove St, Tampa, FL 33604-3257
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+1 813-975-2160

State park campground in forest and along river.

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Spent the weekend at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk right on the Hillsborough River. So much to see and do here. Watched the sunset right over the river. Fish jumping, tons of boats... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2015
Tavares, Florida
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Tavares, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

Spent the weekend at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk right on the Hillsborough River. So much to see and do here. Watched the sunset right over the river. Fish jumping, tons of boats cruising, and lots of folks enjoying the river and Riverwalk. Now there's a water taxi that gives tours of the rich & famous homes on the river. My favorites... More 

1 Thank FlaHarlock
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

I'm so glad Tampa is finally making the most out of the riverfront. It's a tidal river, so the water flows upstream when the tide comes in, which I've never seen before. You can see dolphins and manatees, and it's a great place to kayak or paddle board, or just stroll the new river walk.

4 Thank MissLaughsALot
Tarpon Springs, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

The Hillsboro River is a great place to Canoe. It is filled with wildlife to include a few Alligators from time to time. There are nice areas where you can pull off to pick fruit or just relax in the sun. It does get pretty shallow in spots so be careful.

3 Thank Anubus6
Seffner, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

I've been boating and fishing on the Hillsborough River for over 40 years and have seen much change. I only go in the freshwater portion which is above the dam near Rowlett Park. This is NOT a review of the brackish portion that flows through the downtown Tampa area. From the 56th Street bridge upriver, all the way to Nature's... More 

3 Thank rcholden
Valrico, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Great little river to take the boat for a cruise. We enter from the Bay and go up river to Ricks for lunch on the weekends

2 Thank robertsG6500KS
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

A great park to visit for the day. Rented a canoe and traveled the river for a couple of hours. there was plenty of wildlife and alligators along the river and it was very relaxing. After canoeing we took a hike along the orange blaze trail, which took you deep into the woods. overall great time.

2 Thank Tom T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

I am a Tampa native/resident. My dad and I have canoed the river ever since I was 4 years old. We like to bring our own canoe, rather than rent one at the rental places out there because the rental places usually only go on a small portion of the river. We like going on about 6 miles of the... More 

4 Thank Alisson B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

A beautiful place for relaxing fresh air and. I Enjoy to walk around area great view and I felt like safely in evening time

1 Thank Kai M
Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2015

Live on the Hillsboro River,A great place for boating ,fishing.and during the cold season you may see a manatee are two.

1 Thank Alex P
Lakeland, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

I enjoyed my ride down Hillsborough River.. I launched just off Fowler exit (from I- 75) at a public ramp. The river was slow enough I could paddle against the current for a half mile then a quicker ride back. The only thing I didn't care for was both sides of the river is full of private houses all the... More 

1 Thank kcola123

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