Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

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Curtis Hixon Park is an eight acre park in downtown Tampa that runs along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy the playground, the dog run - for your furry family members, and any number of events held throughout the year. From festivals to movie night, you’ll find something to do. Bring along your picnic lunch and make a day out of it.

Lettuce Lake Park

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When you head out to Lettuce Lake Park, be prepared to be out all day long. Between canoeing and kayaking, hiking the trails, and fishing, you might forget to leave. Admission is $2 per car, but it’s well worth the fee. Load up the kids and the car, pack a big lunch, and enjoy 240 acres of Florida nature located just outside Tampa.

Picnic Island Park

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A park with “picnic” in the name has got to be the place to go for a picnic, right? Even better, at Picnic Island Park you can play disc golf, let your pooch enjoy the dog park, and even grill your lunch right on a small stretch of beach. Don’t worry, you’ll find shade and pavilions when the sun gets too much after a long day of fun.

Kate Jackson Park

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If you’re looking for a beautiful park to wear the kids out with a day of fun, head over to Kate Jackson Park in historic Hyde Park. A shaded playground, water fun, and plenty of bathrooms will help keep everyone happy until it’s time for your picnic lunch or nap time, whichever comes first.

Cypress Point Park and Beach

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At Cypress Point Park, you can enjoy the outdoors in a number of ways. Hit the beach for some fun in the sun or take a nature walk to enjoy the natural landscape of Tampa. You can hike, go bird watching, or come out later in the day and enjoy the sunset on the beach. Bring your lunch, put on sunscreen, and spend the day enjoying nature without traveling too far away from civilization.