Along the streets lined with towering trees and gleaming buildings, you'll find everything from world-class museums to grassy festival lawns. Listen to up-and-coming artists perform at Water Works Park and Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, experience Broadway performances at the Straz Center, visit museums, and catch a concert or see a Lightning game at Amalie Arena.
No matter the season, residents and visitors flock to downtown Tampa's waterfront attractions. The Riverwalk, Sparkman Wharf, Water Street Tampa, Channelside, and more offer dining with a view. The Sail Pavilion is the perfect spot for drinks during sunset. And the Florida Aquarium gives visitors a peek at undersea life. Get around by boat, water taxi, water bike, or streetcar!
Must See: The Tampa Riverwalk
The 2.4-mile path is walkable, bikeable, Segway-able – and you can even dock your boat there. Connected are hot spots like the Florida Aquarium, Sparkman Wharf, Sail Pavillion, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, parks, and restaurants.
Must Do: Armature Works
At the northern end of the Riverwalk is The Heights Public Market at Armature Works, a 22,000 sq ft industrial marketplace. The space includes indoor communal seating, an open-air courtyard, and a scenic outdoor area surrounded by restaurants by some of Tampa’s top chefs.
Must Have: Ulele
Watch the sunset over the Hillsborough River as you enjoy native-inspired food from Ulele’s 10-foot barbacoa grill and drinks from its on-site brewery. Owner and renowned restaurateur, Richard Gonzmart, has injected local history into the space with decades-old storybook figurines from Fairyland at Lowry Park.