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20 Attractions to Explore Near Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park
Hillsborough River State Park15402 US-301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592, USA

A popular park due to its proximity to the city of Tampa. The park consists of over 2,990 acres, and there are more than seven miles of trails.

Nearby Attractions

Museum Of Science & Industry
Museum Of Science & Industry20.00 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

A community-based not-for-profit institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay22.06 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

335-acre (136 ha) African-themed animal theme park. The park officially features nine roller coasters and two water rides amongst other rides and animal attractions.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
ZooTampa at Lowry Park27.65 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

In 2009, Lowry Park Zoo was voted the number one Family Friendly Zoo in the US by Parents Magazine. Nearly 1 million people visit the 65-acre zoo a year to see its more than 1,300 animals.

The Florida Aquarium
The Florida Aquarium30.54 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

It is a large scale, 250,000-square-foot (23,000 m2) aquarium home to more than 7,000 aquatic plants and animals from Florida and all over the world.

Tampa Bay History Center
Tampa Bay History Center31.04 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

A history museum in Tampa. Exhibits include coverage of the Tampa Bay area's first native inhabitants, Spanish conquistadors, and historical figures who shaped the area's history, as well as a reproduction of a 1920s cigar store.

Glazer Children's Museum
Glazer Children's Museum31.28 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

Housed in a 53,000-square-foot facility in downtown Tampa, the museum features 170 interactive exhibits in multiple themed areas. Traveling exhibits occasionally supplement the museum's permanent collection as well.

Tampa Riverwalk
Tampa Riverwalk31.46 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

2.6-mile-long (4.2 km) open space and pedestrian trail development along the Hillsborough River . The Riverwalk extends along most of the downtown Tampa waterfront, forming a continuous path connecting multiple parks, attractions, public spaces, and hotels.

Henry B. Plant Museum
Henry B. Plant Museum31.70 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

Plant Hall was formerly known as the Tampa Bay Hotel, which was a 511-room resort hotel opened on February 5, 1891 by Henry B. Plant near the terminus of his rail line. The museum's exhibits focus on Gilded Age tourism, the elite lifestyle of the hotel's guests, and the building's use during the Spanish–American War.

Van Fleet Trail
Van Fleet Trail42.60 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

The General James A. Van Fleet State Trail in Florida is a rail trail. It is paved approximately 12-feet wide and mostly straight, with one slight curve near the southern end just north of the Polk City trailhead.

Weedon Island Preserve
Weedon Island Preserve49.29 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

A 3,190 acre natural area predominately an estuarine preserve composed of upland and aquatic ecosystems such as mangrove forests, pine/scrubby flatwoods, and maritime hammock, and is home to a variety of native wildlife.

St. Pete Pier™
St. Pete Pier™56.28 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

A landmark pleasure pier extending into Tampa Bay. The last iteration of the pier was named the Inverted Pyramid Pier. It featured a five-story inverted pyramid-shaped building.

Museum of Fine Arts
Museum of Fine Arts56.87 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

The comprehensive collection of more than 20,000 objects includes major works by the French artists Monet, Morisot, Barye, Rodin, Corot, and Bourdelle, and the Americans Inness, Hassam, Bellows, O’Keeffe, Pearlstein and Andrew Wyeth. Also on view are ancient Greek and Roman, Egyptian, Asian, African, pre-Columbian, Native American art and objects.

The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)
The Dalí (Salvador Dalí Museum)57.54 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

Art museum dedicated to the works of Salvador Dalí. It houses the largest collection of Dalí's works outside Europe.

Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park59.10 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

A three-mile nature trail, a marina, picnic pavilions, bathhouses, a park concession stand, and a beach is what you will encounter in Caladesi Island State Park. The Caladesi Island beach was listed as the best beach in United States by Dr. Beach in 2008.

Honeymoon Island State Park
Honeymoon Island State Park59.75 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

The park is 385 acres (1.6 km2) in land area with 2,400 acres (10 km2) submerged and 4 miles (6 km) of beach. Consistently receiving more than one million visitors each year, it is the most-visited state park in Florida.

Lake Louisa State Park
Lake Louisa State Park60.75 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

In 1977, the state purchased the property and opened it to the public. Swimming, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, and canoeing are some of the activities offered.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Clearwater Marine Aquarium60.84 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

Dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured marine animals, public education, conservation, and research. Numerous forms of marine life are permanent residents at the aquarium, all of which have serious injuries that prevent their return to the wild.

Clermont chain of lakes
Clermont chain of lakes62.46 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

Clermont chain of lakes is a chain of lakes centered around Clermont, Florida. From southeast to northwest, the chain is fed by streams and groundwater.

Florida Citrus Tower
Florida Citrus Tower66.81 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

226 feet is the height of the Florida Citrus Tower. Citrus Tower has a coin drop where visitors can hear their coins drop to the bottom.

Floral City Heritage Museum
Floral City Heritage Museum68.08 KMs away from Hillsborough River State Park

A museum in Floral City is the Floral City Heritage Hall Museum. It features two galleries, a library, a media centre, and a store.