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Canoe Escape

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“hour trip”(18 reviews)
“downed trees”(7 reviews)
The leading canoe outfitter on the Hillsborough River offers trips anywhere from two hours to all day long.
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12702 N US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592-2600
+1 813-986-2067
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wanted a break from the theme parks, so we signed up to do a self guided tour . The guys were friendly and helpful. Showed us the paddling strokes , a safety briefing , and in 10 mins we were off . Parking available on...More

Thank ozzi9
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Great trip. I suggest the kayaks as they afford more stability. I have taken the trip several times and always saw several gators. The trips are self guided. We brought waters and light snacks as there are a couple areas to stop and enjoy. By...More

Thank joeM2649PD
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

We had a great time canoeing down the river and were able to see different animals in the river and during the drive back. We had never canoed before and Mike was more than happy to give us a crash course before we went off....More

Thank hbhadelia
Reviewed 7 August 2018

For a reasonable price you can rent a canoe and float down the Hillsborough River. You will see true Florida nature, not plastic animals as you gently float along. I’ve seen alligators,box turtles and all manner of herons and other birds. They will pick you...More

Thank Bill J
Reviewed 6 July 2018

I came here with my family, we rented a canoe and kayak and traveled the 2 hour trail. It was beautiful and peaceful. The river was a bit flooded over, but still nice. We saw a few alligators, birds, and sun gazing turtles on logs....More

Thank chris s
Reviewed 14 June 2018

I recently read some reviews of Canoe Escape and decided to drive down bright and early the other day for a guided canoe tour. Once I got there, I was told that guided tours need to be booked in advance...BUT, I could rent a kayak...More

Thank ericwp
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

Visited canoe escape today. Great setup. Drove up and paid in the office. $100 for two canoes. Well worth it. The office is riverside and they had us in the water in 15 minutes. We left at 930 and took trip 1. We saw lots...More

1  Thank jblessing2018
Reviewed 29 April 2018

I had THE BEST afternoon (shoutout to Michael, who was a great guide!). Within minutes of the trip we were seeing tons of birds and alligators. Honestly, in the 2.5-hours we were on the canoe I wasn't bored for a second. Thank you again!

Thank Jdfesta
Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

We have our own kayaks and love kayaking Florida rivers. We hadn’t been on the Hillsborough River and just learned of this outfitter. We stopped by one day to talk to them and they were very friendly and helpful. We made a reservation and came...More

2  Thank UnoMasFla
Reviewed 3 April 2018

Great people...easy check in! Called the day before to make a reservation and were warmly welcomed. Located in a county park...be sure to have single dollar bills to pay for $2 all-day parking! Bathrooms located bearby(not port a pottys!). Had a quick refresher from the...More

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Julia M
25 August 2018|
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Response from Joe F | Property representative |
Thank you for your question. It certainly is a wilderness trip through a 16,000-acre swamp. I like to tell people you're going to think you're lost but there is only one river; follow the widest body of water and moving... More
3 March 2017|
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Response from Doc R | Reviewed this property |
No Beverages period or glass bottles
3 July 2016|
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Response from kmsmolen | Reviewed this property |
I don't know what trip number we did but we put into the river right at the boat ramp near the company's trailer. The water was fairly low that day but we had no problems maneuvering around gators. Whenever we got too close... More