Lithia, Florida is about 18 miles southeast of Tampa in a peaceful area rich with natural springs and forest preserves. It has all the advantages of a small town coupled with the convenience of a city. The lush green surrounding country invites outdoor enthusiasts to participate in the many activities available in the area. Whether relaxing at a picnic, off-road bicycling or fishing, Lithia, Florida real estate always offers plenty to do.
Shoppers will love the 175 stores in the Westfield Center in Brandon, which is only 10 miles away. There are several local boutiques to serve everyone's needs, such as Bella Garden, Cameo Kids Boutique and La Boutique Grenier. And of course, Park Square in FishHawk Ranch means great shopping practically next door.
A local dining favorite Formaggio’s Italian Restaurant is family-owned and provides a great family environment. Their food and pizza are delicious and made with 100% fresh and natural ingredients. Beef O’Brady’s is a great place to watch the Rays while enjoying delicious pub food with an ice cold beer.
Of the many attractive parks in the area, one of the more interesting is Lithia Springs Regional Park. Encompassing over 160 acres along the Alafia River, it is home to primitive camping, canoeing, fishing, picnicking and playing in the Florida sun. There are river cypress swamps, hardwood hammocks, and its centerpiece - a natural spring that stays at a delightful 72 degrees all year. The bath house, playground and other facilities make it a perfect location for a weekend getaway.
Alderman’s Fork Park is 1,100 acres with a 1,875 foot boardwalk that will lead you right into the flood plain. Massive live oaks afford comforting shade on a hot summer day. This park is located east of Brandon.
The Alafia River State Park offers 17 miles of challenging bicycle trail, as well as trails for equestrians and hikers. An abundance of birds and other wildlife will delight the nature enthusiast.
Life near Lithia, Florida real estate is enriched by a number of clubs located in FishHawk Ranch, which are geared toward multiple interests. The Aquatic Club offers several pools, a playground, and an aerobics area, as well as a clubhouse for special events. The Osprey Club boasts a pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a state-of-the-art movie theater. The Palmetto Club is available for weddings and community events. The Sports Complex, Starling Club and Tennis Club round out the list, ensuring that residents always have a nice place to play.
FishHawk Ranch is home to a summer concert series known as Concerts for a Cause. This program is responsible for collecting almost 2.25 tons of canned goods providing over 3,600 meals last year for Feeding America Tampa Bay.
The Celebration of Freedom Patriotic Bike Parade is a community event in which local children pedal their bicycles around Park Square after having decorated their bikes in red, white and blue. First, second and third place winners receive trophies for their creativity.
Lithia is a haven for equestrian events and the competition is fierce. But there are many classes available that allow competitors to enter at their own experience level. Much of the Lithia, Florida real estate available boasts lots an acre or larger, making it an excellent environment for horse owners.
Local children from Lithia, Florida attend the highly performing Hillsborough School District. Four elementary schools feed into two middle schools and Newsome High School. Several pre-schools in the area help give children an early start. Higher education opportunities in nearby Tampa include Hillsborough Community College, University of South Florida, Florida Metropolitan University, and International Academy of Design and Technology.
Medical facilities near Lithia include Urgent Care USA, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Brandon Regional Hospital, Hospital S in Plant City, University Community Hospital in Brandon, and many other options. Brandon Regional is a 398-bed facility offering the latest medical techniques, as well as a number of special services such as cardio-vascular care, and a women’s center.
Commuters into Tampa can leave the driving to someone else by taking the Route 24 Express from the FishHawk Sports Complex Park and Ride. HART, or the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority, offers busses, trolleys, van pools, and park and ride services to make it easy to get around. Tampa International Airport and Amtrak are there to connect Tampa to the rest of the world with minimum inconvenience and maximum comfort.
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