Hot? Head for the Water
Beat the heat. Find an activity - or just relax - in, on, or around the water.
Here are some ideas:
Go for a swim or take a dip. The spring-fed swimming area at Lithia Springs Conservation Park has a year-round water temperature of 72 degrees, chilly enough to knock the heat out of a steamy summer day. You also can wade into Tampa Bay off a stretch of beach at E.G. Simmons Conservation Park in Ruskin.
There are lots of places to paddle kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards. Many launch from Hillsborough County Conservation Parks. Find your own way afloat, or register for a guided excursion. Some tours take place in the evening, when it's not so hot. On the County website, check for launch sites at parks, and watch the calendar for upcoming paddling adventures.
Skippers of larger vessels, the kind with motors and sails, can find their way to the water at local boat ramps. They're located throughout the county, almost anywhere there's an expanse of water. Upgrades are taking place at some ramps. Check to make sure your favorite ramp is open. It's $5 to launch a boat, plus a $2 entry fee at Conservation Parks.
Fishing is a fine way to spend time outside beside a river, lake, bayou, or bay. You'll enjoy the peaceful confluence of water, land, and sky. And, who knows. You might reel in a keeper.