Graceful herons, wild bays, and secluded paddling adventures show you a new side of Tampa.
Camping in the Tampa Bay area is surprisingly easy to find. Look beyond the Tampa skyline and discover wildlife-studded marshes and unspoiled beaches begging to be explored. Whether you want to paddle, fish, or hike, this Florida hot spot invites you to walk on the wild side. Let a chorus of frogs lull you to sleep at Hillsborough River State Park, home to alligators and herons, and a paradise for paddling, hiking, and biking. Want to ride some of the best mountain biking trails in Florida? Pitch your tent at Alafia River State Park. If solitude is your zen, head to Little Manatee River State Park. Canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding are right at your fingertips. Fort De Soto Park is your go-to spot if you're craving sandy shores. Just south of St. Petersburg, the park features a big campground with full hookup sites and access to launch your kayak right from your campsite. Not into roughing it? Tampa is one of the best places in Florida for waterfront RV parks and glitzy RV resorts. Enjoy all the comforts of home, plus easy access to downtown Tampa and Busch Gardens. Local campsites do fill quickly, so plan ahead if you want to snag a spot. While the summers may be steamy, the area's balmy weather means you can pitch a tent in any season.