Southern Hillsborough is comprised of Apollo Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton, Wimauma, Ruskin, and Sun City Center. The flourishing area has been growing steadily over the past decade but is expected to see a population boom in the near future.
Here’s where Tampa Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. Hop on a fishing charter and catch tarpon, snook, trout, and pompano or take a scenic sunset and dinner cruise. Explore military ruins and spot exotic birds and turtles along Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge, which is reachable only by boat.
Must See: TECO Manatee Viewing Center
For decades, manatees have been seeking refuge from the “cold” in the clean, warm waters off of Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. Bring a picnic lunch, stroll through the award-winning butterfly gardens and get an up-close encounter with sea cows. Open Nov. 1 through April 15.
Must Do: Ellenton Premium Outlets
This mecca of discount shopping offers more than 100 stores. From mall staples to designer brands like Saks Fifth Avenue and Polo Ralph Lauren, there’s something for everyone. Restaurants, home furnishings and décor, electronics, and toys also are among the clothing and shoes you’ll love.
Must Have: Circles Waterfront at Lands End Marina
Relax at this modern seafood-focused American restaurant with outdoor seating and scenic water views. Boasting a creative menu with the freshest ingredients – seafood that’s either local or imported and flown in overnight – they also make their salads, sauces, and desserts from scratch.