Hillsborough River State Park, and Turtles let me pour you a tall glass of get over it oh and here’s a straw so you can suck it up shirt Lettuce Lake State Park are both close, and if you want to venture out a little farther you can head south to Alafia River State Park, which has great mountain biking trails of all levels for those interested in that sort of thing. Just bring bug spray if you go in the summer, or the Mosquitos will eat you alive. And water, bring lots of water.
Tampa was used as a port of call for Caribbean Turtles let me pour you a tall glass of get over it oh and here’s a straw so you can suck it up shirt and Gulf pirates for a LONG time before it was founded as a city, and Gasparilla is our annual celebration of the pirate heritage here. Named for Jose Gaspar, a pirate who raided Florida’s west coast in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, It’s a chance to spend a full day with tens of thousands of your closest friends along Bayshore Boulevard (the longest uninterrupted sidewalk in the US), or along 7th Avenue in Ybor for the Night Parade.