Tampa Parks & Preserves

FAMILY FUN | MUSEUMS & ART | NATURE PARKS

If you're looking a roadtrip from Tampa, FL for the day, try these great places which are just an hour or less away from Tampa, FL. Discover a new place with family, friends or solitude.


Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park

Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park

Hillsborough County founded the Upper Tampa Bay Park in 1982 to provide a protected area for nature study and passive recreation. The 596-acre peninsular park also protects valuable coastal habitat and ecological communities that include mangrove forests, salt marshes, freshwater marshes, coastal hammocks, and pine flatwoods.

Cypress Point Park

Cypress Point Park

Cypress Point Park is a relatively undiscovered treasure with a beautiful beach. The park includes a .90-mile asphalt trail and .44 miles of nature trails. Cypress Point Park provides visitors with stunning sunsets, gorgeous beach walks, dunes, beach wildflowers, and fishing opportunities.

Lykes Gaslight Park

Lykes Gaslight Park

Lykes Gaslight Park Tampa is a great place to have an outdoor lunch in downtown Tampa as well as the location to several events such as the Florida Orchestra?s Pops in the Park concerts, Latin Fest, the Tampa Police Department Memorial Run, and other events.

Rowlett Park

Rowlett Park

Nestled along a bend in the Hillsborough River, the Rowlett Park Trail provides two miles of asphalt trail meandering through oak and pine hammocks. Nature trails cross the park.

Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Park

Lettuce Lake Park is a 240-acre Hillsborough County-run park just outside the city limits of Tampa, Florida. It is located on Fletcher Avenue between Interstate 75 and the University of South Florida.

Lowry Park

Lowry Park

A trail wanders along the Hillsborough River & through oak forest in this scenic park.

MacFarlane Park

MacFarlane Park

Respite offering a playground, senior center, picnic tables, tennis courts & jogging trails.

Gadsden Park

Gadsden Park

Major city park with a lake, sports fields, picnicking, dog area, playground & trails for jogging.

Flatwoods Park - Bruce B Downs Entrance

Flatwoods Park - Bruce B Downs Entrance

Best known for its seven-mile paved loop road, which serves as a multiuse trail, Flatwoods Park provides a welcome getaway from Tampa?s developed landscape.

McKay Bay Nature Park

McKay Bay Nature Park

McKay Bay Nature Park is a 38-acre park located in Tampa, Florida at 134 North 34th Street. The park and nature trail access McKay Bay, an avian sanctuary and a location along the Great Florida Birding Trail.