premier attraction for bird watching, photography,
canoeing, kayaking, and family memories.
Escape to nature on a 2-hour to full day, downstream, quiet-water,
paddling adventure through a 16,000-acre wildlife preserve.
In all seasons the Hillsborough
River astounds with its beauty and abundant wildlife.
From the thousands of white ibis in the fall, the sightings
of deer, wild hog, and turkey in the winter, the proliferation
of songbirds in spring, and its cooling shade on a summer's
day, the Hillsborough River brings a new surprise and delight
around each bend.
Bring your sense of adventure, rent
a canoe or kayak for an hour, a downstream trip, or schedule
a guided trip, and paddle through this cypress swamp full
of Florida's unique flora and fauna. Perhaps paddling close
to a sunning 'gator, a threatened
limpkin, 6 turtles congregating on a log, or catching that
large-mouthed bass will be the most prized memory of your
vacation. Whether this is your first-time, you are
an experienced paddler, a vacationer or a local resident,
the Florida you're looking for is just a short paddle away!
Canoe Escape is located only
16 miles from downtown Tampa and 15 minutes from
Busch Gardens. It was founded in 1991 by the Faulk family.
Canoe Escape offers self-guided, downstream
trips; hourly rentals; shuttles
for canoe/kayak owners; and guided paddling adventures
(Nature Interpretive or Nature
Reveals God [coming soon]).
Canoe Escape has been featured in numerous
newspaper and magazine articles as well
as on HGTV's "The Good Life" and the Sunshine Network's
"Sunshine Outdoors: Paddlesports".