On the west coast of central Florida in the Midwest camping region, the Greater Tampa - St. Petersburg area is filled with activities for all ages. For those who enjoy camping, no matter what time of the year, the Tampa Bay area has many options. Campers and RV’ers will find plenty of RV parks campgrounds in the area that are close to the Gulf Coast beaches and the area’s top attractions, such as Busch Gardens Tampa.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
As a family adventure park, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters within the African continent. A blend of thrilling rides, one of the nation’s premier zoos with more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, provides plenty of excitement.
Camping is a great way to enjoy long-term stays in the Tampa Bay area. And most commercial campgrounds eagerly welcome those who want to live at their facility for an entire season. These campgrounds or RV parks become a home-away-from-home for seasonal travelers and often, the same extended-stay tenants come back year after year, forming a community by making friends with others who winter (or summer) in Florida year after year.
State and County Parks
The state and county parks are by far, among the most pristine places to camp in the Tampa area. There are several close metro areas and all provide the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful and sometimes wild subtropical ecosystem of Florida’s Gulf Coast region. Some parks to consider on your next camping trip to this region include:
Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s original state parks offering more than 100 campsites, picnic areas, pavilions, a large pool, a Café and Gift Shop. Campers can enjoy hiking trails and canoe rentals. Hillsborough State Park is just 9 miles from downtown Tampa.
Withlacoochee State Park – A Florida state park located nearby Brooksville has 9 different camping areas. Some have water and electricity, some just water, and others are quite primitive.
Myakka River State Park is south of Tampa near Sarasota. Wild Myakka River State Park is the oldest and largest state park in Florida a place where campers and visitors can enjoy airboat rides and an abundance of wildlife. This park offers low-priced primitive campsites as well as full-service campsites with electricity and water and basic cabins.
Fort DeSoto County Park – Situated at the end of the barrier island in Tierra Verde is 1,100-acres consisting of five interconnected islands. Camping at Fort DeSoto includes 85 sites for tent, van, or pop-up camper and another 150 that can accommodate all camping units. All sites have water and electric, and showers and modern restrooms are available.
Commercial Campgrounds and RV Parks
The Tampa Bay area has many commercial campgrounds and RV parks, some run by well-known companies like KOA but many are privately owned and operated. Commercial campgrounds welcome extended stays and some have sites that boast permanent owners who live there year-round or during the winter months.
Because the Tampa Bay Midwest camping region of Florida is such a popular winter resort, advance reservations are suggested at most of the RV parks and campgrounds in order to insure your space when you arrive.