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Unwind with Outdoor Recreation in Tampa


As one of the largest cities in Florida, Tampa is a bustling scene of art, culture, dining, and nightlife. Yet, it also has many serene and natural areas to visit for outdoor recreational opportunities. Visit these places near your Olympus Harbour Island apartments in Tampa for fantastic nature experiences.

Cypress Creek Nature Preserve

Cypress Creek Nature Preserve is a 2,500-acre wildlife haven that extends across multiple counties. There are many natural habitats within the preserve, including hardwood forests, swamps, marshes, wet prairies, and more. Hiking on marked trails is encouraged, and you’ll find popular spots for bird watching. Pets are allowed, and picnic tables are available as well, making this a truly ideal spot for outdoor recreation in Tampa.

Hillsborough River State Park

Conveniently located just minutes away from downtown Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park offers a plethora of outdoor activities. You are sure to find something you enjoy here. You can fish in the Hillsborough River and hike or bike on the trails. Canoe or kayak if you enjoy water sports. Camping is also available, making this a great getaway without traveling far from home.

Florida Eco Adventures

Florida Eco Adventures offers guided kayaking and snorkeling tours if you enjoy being on the water or in it. This husband and wife team meets in different locations and offers different types of tours. Try a snorkeling tour on the river. Or perhaps you would prefer a wildlife tour where dolphins and sea turtles often accompany paddlers. A sunset tour is a romantic option for a date night.

If hitting the links is more your style for your outdoor time, check out these golf resorts in Tampa. For the latest news and events close to our Tampa apartments, follow our blog. And if you’d like to come home to life at Olympus Harbour Island, then please contact us today and set up a community tour.