Moving to a new city is always challenging. But don’t worry, we’ve researched the best neighborhoods families in Tampa for you! In this blog we’ll let you know where the best neighborhoods for families are in the Tampa Area.

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A Little About Tampa and its Neighborhoods

Not too long ago, Tampa didn’t pique much interest. Apart from theme parks and strip clubs, there didn’t seem to be much happening. And kids plus creeps make for an uncomfortable combo. So we’re all thankful – locals and visitors alike – that Tampa has completely transformed. Now the city is packed with killer breweries, a great music scene, and incredible outdoor and water activities.

Before we jump into specific neighborhoods, let’s go over the lay of the land:

Tampa is part of the greater metropolitan region known as the Tampa Bay Area. So a lot of people lump in the neighboring St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Brandon, and Spring Hill when talking about the area. Six general sections (New Tampa, West Tampa, Brooklyn Village, Downtown Tampa, Ybor City, and Channel District) divide up all of Tampa’s neighborhoods. And there are over a hundred of them…

But don’t worry, our list should narrow down your options. Before you know it, you’ll be sun-baked and chewin’ on a salami-packed Cuban sandwich and with your fellow Tampanions.

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Fishhawk Ranch

Families flock to Fishhawk Ranch because its surrounded by top-rated schools. There are over six schools right in this corner of Tampa that are sought after for their great education and high test scores. The area breathes a friendly, small-town vibe. And at 22 miles southeast of downtown, many residents enjoy all the happenings of center-city.

What’s Happening in Fishhawk Ranch

Fishhawk Ranch keeps its residents happily busy with regular community events, like their annual Chili Cook-Off and Food Truck Rallies. Lithia, Fishhawk’s surrounding community, offers a number of activities and amenities. Visit the Alafia River State Park for hiking and camping. Sample the delicious and diverse cuisine of the area at Truly Greek, Taco Yolo, or Pho Loc Tho. Or grab a drink at the local Bullfrog Creek Brewing Company.

Schools in Fishhawk Ranch

Schools in Fishhawk Ranch include Bevis Elementary School, Randall Middle School, Newsome High, Stowers, Barrington, and FishHawk Creek Elementary School among others.

New Tampa

Its great location is what ranks this neighborhood high on several lists. An easy hop onto 75 will give you a 15-20 minute drive to downtown or easy access outside of the city. And a plethora of dining, entertainment, and shopping opportunities are available nearby. New Tampa is also close to several high-ranking schools. And the neighborhood is full of families, both younger and older

What’s Happening in New Tampa

Join locals during regular community events, like the annual New Tampa Brew Fest. Taste local-favorite food at Lee Roy Selmon’s. Take the family on a trip to Adventure Island, The Florida Aquarium, and ZooTampa. Or grab a beer at Mr. Dunderbak’s.

Schools in New Tampa

Schools in New Tampa include Bright Horizons of Tampa Palms, Tampa Palms Elementary, Wharton High School, and Freedom High School among others.

Homes in New Tampa

There are certainly a number of 7-digit, 6-bedroom homes in the area. But there are also an equal amount of affordable options in New Tampa.


Carrollwood was one of the original suburbs of Tampa, and it’s still a favorite among families. The neighborhood offers parks, playgrounds, and some of the top schools in the city. Pretty homes border shining lakes in Carrollwood. And at only roughly 11 miles from center-city, the area draws residents who want quick access to Tampa’s attractions.

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What’s Happening in Carrollwood

If you’re looking for activities for the little ones, visit Airheads Trampoline Arena featuring 30 arcade games, food, and (of course) trampoline rooms. Or visit the Carrollwood Playhouse which hosts musicals, dramas, and comedy shows.

The nearby Busch Gardens theme park is popular among locals and visitors. And locals love the thoughtful dishes at Vizcaya Restaurant & Tapas Bar. Check out Noble Crust and Michael’s Grill for more tastes of Carrollwood’s cuisines.

Schools in Carrollwood

Schools in Carrollwood include Bowman Academy, Carrollwood Elementary School, and Corbett Preparatory School of IDS among others.

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Drive straight north from downtown for about 15 minutes, and you’ll hit Lutz. This peaceful area just far enough away from center-city allows its locals the space to enjoy the small-town feel of their neighborhood, while still having the city at arm’s reach. Homes in the area are affordable. And several of Tampa’s best schools are just a few miles away.

What’s Happening in Lutz

While downtown is just a quick drive away, Lutz offers a number of its own entertainments. Check out the Brooker Creek Nature Preserve and wander its green oasis. Take the family to Lake Park or go for a hot air balloon ride. Enjoy sunny days at Chevel Golf and Athletic Club. Or visit the Big Cat Rescue animal sanctuary and ZooTampa.

For local grub, check out Whaley’s Blazin’ BBQ and Rice N Beans. Wash it down with a local brew from In The Loop Brewing or Craft Life Brewing.

Schools in Lutz

Schools in Lutz include Schwarzkopf Elementary School, Lutz Preparatory Academy, Mckitrick Elementary School, and Martinez Middle School among others.

Palm Harbor

The beautiful Palm Harbor sits right against the water and unfurls out into the Gulf. With a state park called Honeymoon Island, and preserved islands just a few-mile boat ride away, Palm Harbor is picturesque, to say the least. The neighborhood sits close to four of the top schools in Tampa. And when residents have enough of their lovely water-side activities, there are plenty of things to do further inland.

What’s Happening in Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor is bursting with interesting things to do and great local eats. After all, why live on the water and not partake in its amazing beach activities? Check out Kostal Paddle for some water-adventures. Visit Sunset Beach and get your tan on. Explore the local flora and water-views at John Chestnut Senior Park and Wall Springs Park. Or visit the popular attraction, Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks.

Try out some favorite local restaurants like Mystic Fish, Packard’s Steakhouse, Fireside Pizza Cafe, and Grain and Berry. Relax with some bubbly from Two Lions Winery & Palm Harbor Brewery. Or check out The Pint and Brew.

Schools in Palm Harbor

Schools in Palm Harbor include Cypress Woods Elementary School, Sutherland Elementary School, Palm Harbor University High School, and Plato Academy Palm Harbor Charter School among others.

There you have it: the best neighborhoods for families in Tampa!

We hope this was helpful, and if you decide to take the plunge, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friends here at Bellhop. Need to move quickly? We also provide last minute moving services!

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