New Year, New Hobby? Find Yours in Hillsborough County! – Hillsborough County

New Year, New Hobby? Find Yours in Hillsborough County! – Hillsborough County

Want to set big goals for the new year but don’t know where to begin? Hillsborough County can help. Whether you want to work on your fitness or focus on mental wellness, there’s plenty of free or low-cost options for your New Year’s resolutions.

Get outdoors: With more than 175 neighborhood parks, a dozen recreation centers, 700 miles of trails, and 61,000 acres of preserved land throughout Hillsborough County, there are plenty of opportunities to find adventure, clear your mind, and get some exercise. If you’re looking to take a solo trip into the tranquility of nature, or hike with friends, Hillsborough County’s Hiking Spreeis a great way to discover Hillsborough’s wild side. Sign up for the Trailblazer newsletter.

Start your own business: The County’s Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) provides entrepreneurs easy access to business service providers, resources, mentorship, and specialty training. Services are provided for each business’s unique stage of development. Subscribe to the ECC newsletter.

Give an animal in need a loving home: Adopting a four-legged friend from the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (PRC) can provide a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship. Adding a PRC pet to your life you can also boost your health, both physically and mentally. Pets can improve your overall wellness by providing sensory stress relief, reducing anxiety, increasing your daily exercise, and adding structure and routine to your day.

Grow your green thumb: Take a gardening class, improve your lawn, or learn how to compost with The University of Florida IFAS Extension Service in Hillsborough County. Extension Service provides education through virtual and in-person workshops, publications, and mass media. Find classes, dates, and times on the Extension events calendar.

More than just books: Escape to a faraway land without leaving the couch, learn a new language, or discover more about your ancestry and genealogy with help from the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative. A library card is your ticket to an array of free resources. If traveling is on your 2022 bucket list, you can apply for a U.S. passport at one of three Hillsborough County libraries.

Make mental health a priority: Hillsborough County’s Mindful Mondays promotes different ways you can make your mental health a priority without taking up too much of your busy schedule. From virtual exercise and yoga classes to online cooking courses, and advice from local mental health experts, Mindful Mondays has various interactive resources for you to access at any time. Check out the Mindful Mondays YouTube playlist.

Happy New Year, Hillsborough!


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