Like many large cities, there's a ton of things to do in Tampa perfect for the entire family.  Also, like many other large cities, a lot of these things cost money, maybe more than you're wanting to spend.

Luckily, Tampa locals have a wide variety of free, or close to free, recreation options perfect for kids and adults alike; one of the most notable being Hillsborough River State Park.

A veritable mecca for any and every outdoor activity, Hillsborough River State park is a perfect place to spend the day with mother nature and exercise, relax, or simply spend some time with your friends and family.  Best of all, the entry fee is a mere $6 per car.

Fancy yourself a bicyclist?  Check out the park's 1.6 mile Wetlands Restoration Nature Trail or the 2.2 mile Park Loop and through the campgrounds at the park.  Bike rentals are available for $4 or $10 as well if you need them.

Maybe you're into the whole camping thing.  Hillsborough River State Park can be more than accommodating when it comes to this great activity.

Be your own Bear Grylls and go "primitive camping" for $5 dollars per person/per night.  It's just like it sounds; no water or electricity and you must bring your own shelter and necessities.  A fire pit is provided, though.

Or, if you prefer a bit more comfort with your camping experience, check out their full-facility camping options where you can park your tent or R.V. on your own personal site and enjoy water/electricity as well as shower facilities close to the camp.  You'll also be able to enjoy the  picnic areas, pavilions, playgrounds, and cafes/gift shops throughout the park.  This option is $24 per night/per person.

The recreation options don't stop there either.  Rent a canoe at Canoe Escape and explore the Hillsborough River or just enjoy a nice cookout with friends and family at one of their picnic areas or under one of the pavilions.

As you can see, there's no shortage of great outdoor activities to enjoy at Hillsborough River State Park.  Get up out of the computer chair, bring some friends, and enjoy the great outdoors at this awesome Tampa area park.

For more information on Hillsborough River State Park, including rates and hours, visit their website here.