Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County is located in Central West Florida bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay and Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Pasco Counties. 

Hillsborough County was established in 1834 and named for Wills Hills, the Earl of Hillsborough. 

Hillsborough County Florida Image Map
Population - 2000
998,948
Population - 2010
1,229,226
Population - 2015 Est
1,325,563
Land Area (sq mi)
1,020
Water Area (sq mi)
246
Total Area (sq mi)
1,266
Average Rainfall
49
Temperature - Average High
82
Temperature - Average Low
60

One of Florida's best parks for dynamic biking trails is the Alafia River State Park. The park features 17 miles of bike trails that cover some of the highest elevation changes found in Florida. The park also offers at least 20 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians through pine flat wood, and with the abundance with wildlife it is also great for bird watching. The giant park is also home to a campground, playgrounds, opportunities for canoeing and fishing, and much more.

Amalie Arena is located in downtown Channelside Tampa, Florida and is home to the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL team and the Tampa Bay Storm Arena Football team. The arena, originally named the Ice Palace and most recently the Tampa Bay Times Forum, hosts other events, basketball, and concerts. . 

October 22, 2017

Location: Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay independent music festival features Alt, Reggae, Surf, Ska music genres on the bank of the Hillsborough River with proceeds helping to support Chillin' For Kids. 

 

Florida State Fairgrounds Complex, located in Tampa, Florida, includes the Expo Hall, Entertainment Hall, Special Events Center, Florida Center and Botanical Gardens, Pavillion and Waterfront Cafe as well as other outdoor locations that include an Equestrian Center.

October

Location: Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

 

Hillsborough County School District is a school district headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It is the third largest school district in Florida and the 8th largest in the United States. The district is famously known for having received recognition for being awarded 100 million dollar grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

November

Location: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida

April 29 - April 30, 2017

Location: Plant City, Florida

10th Annual Blueberry Festival in Plant City, Florida featuring live entertainment, food and craft vendors, kids area and U-Pick Blueberries. 

Raymond James Stadium is home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the University of South Florida football, Outback Bowl and Monster Jam. Located in Downtown Tampa Bay, and hosts to large concerts and other events and festivals. 

May 12, 2017

Location: The Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida

Enjoy wines and sample fantastic foods from some of Tampa Bay's best restaurants while listening to live entertainment and strolling among some of the most amazing animals and plants native to Florida and around the world. 

April 22, 2017

This festival welcomes visitors from around the sunshine state and the world to share in celebration of music, entertainment, exhibits, crafts steeped in Caribbean American heritage with multi-culturism being it's central focus. 

May 27, 2017

Location: Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa, Florida

5th annual Tampa Bay Margarita Festival includes an awesome lineup of bands, a huge variety of Margaritas, tequila tasting and a fireworks show to end the night. 

September 1-3, 2017

Location: Tampa Bay

Experience powerful, informative workshops led by trained professionals, in addition to scene, monologue, and short play competitions, and theatrical entertainment that will leave audiences with a memorable experience.

November

Location: Tampa Bay, Florida

One of Hillsborough County’s oldest cultural celebrations, The Tampa Greek Festival was established more than 30 years ago to  share its heritage, its Orthodoxy and its wonderful food with the Tampa Bay community. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy strolling through the Grand Hall, indulging in inventive spirits at the Opa! Party Tent,  and discovering market treasures.

May 11-14, 2017

Location: Historic Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

Tampa's own fringe performing arts festival featuring theatrical performances, stand-up comedy, dance and other performances that are un-juried.

September 1-4, 2017

Location: Tampa, Florida

May 13, 2017

Location: Historic Woodmont Park in Temple Terrace, Florida

Sample 70 plus beers from 30 different brewers - from home brewers to local brewing companies to the really BIG guys - who all agreed to bring their best brews! Plus entertainment and food trucks! 

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This group is designed to provide Catholic Homeschoolers in the Tampa Bay Area with the opportunity to participate together in group activities, exciting fieldtrips, educational experiences, developmental opportunities and service projects throughout the area. We are happy to welcome non-Catholics, but we do ask that all members respect the Catholic nature of this list. 

Cooley Law School is a law school with a main campus and two side campuses in Michigan. It also has a branch in Tampa, Florida. It is a law school with accreditation from the American Bar Association.

Florida College is a college located in Temple Terrace. It teaches liberal arts programs through a biblical lens. With less than 1000 students, Florida College is a small school with a tight knit community dedicated to learning and serving God.

The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative has 32 branches. 21 are in Tampa and 2 are in Ruskin. Odessa, Valrico, Brandon, Lutz, Riverview, Seffner, Temple Terrace, and Thonotosassa. It also has two bookmobiles, a History and Genealogy Library, a Law Library, and a research center.

Jersey College is a nursing college with 6 locations in New Jersey and Florida. The Florida Campuses are in Fort Lauderdale, Largo, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

Port Tampa Bay on Central Florida's Gulf Coast, is largest of the Florida ports by tonnage and land and is a full service port for both cargo and cruise ships as well as other maritime activities including important shipbuilding and repair facilities. 

Schiller International University is a small school with campuses in Tampa, Florida; Paris, France; Heidelberg, Germany; London, England; and Madrid, Spain. The multi-county locations offer students a unique opportunity to study abroad in several different locations. Study one of several different international studies fields.

The Straz Center, originally called the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, is Tampa Bay's leading center for the performing arts. It has multiple stages that host everything from touring Broadway shows to orchestras to dance shows.

Bay Area Christian Homeschoolers (BACH) is a not for profit, volunteer, non-denominational Christian support group for homeschooling families mainly in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. We are Christian-based but not Christian-exclusive. Our purpose is to encourage our member families in their homeschooling efforts by providing fellowship, information, socialization and support. 
 

This group is specifically for Christian (all denominations) tweens and teens ages 10 and up. Fun, active group serving the greater Tampa area. 

This is a Christ-centered home school support group ministering to approximately 200 families in Brandon and the Tampa Bay area.  FISH offers a variety of co-ops, competitive sports, recreational sports, field trips, band, choir, chess, P.E. and much more. 

LIFE of Tampa is a collaborative, alternative learning group that believes Learning Is For Everyone, and should be a rich and satisfying experience that creates a never-ending desire to learn more!

Are you tired of wading through all the religious rhetoric and intolerance when it comes to homeschooling your kids? This group was formed so that homeschoolers in the area could find other like-minded folks without fear of being judged for their religious choices or lifestyle choices. We are an open-minded homeschool group for the New Tampa and East Pasco Florida area. We mostly discuss homeschooling but are open to other topics that you might discuss amongst friends. 

CREATE is a social group for creative teens ages 14-18 ​hosting fun, artsy, and alternative events. CREATE welcomes teens with all creative interests and passions such as music, acting, writing, art, film, gaming, and more. We are a secular group and a safe, loving environment for ALL.

THINK is an inclusive group, open to all homeschooling families. Our mission is "to provide a secular environment for homeschool families to share educational resources and camaraderie and to encourage learning in its broadest sense".