Tampa’s newest attraction is the Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.5-mile walkway that connects visitors and locals alike to the cultural attractions, shopping, dining, entertainment, and recreation opportunities available along the downtown waterfront. The Tampa Riverwalk has been the dream of five city mayors as a way to revitalize and showcase Tampa’s beautiful and vibrant downtown core. While progress on the Riverwalk has been slow and work has been completed in fits and starts, the project is finally nearing completion with the last two phases scheduled to open in 2014.Tampa's Riverwalk provides beautiful views of the downtown waterfront — Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers
Although not completely finished, it is easily navigable. Major portions of the Riverwalk are open to the public with the remaining gaps just requiring a quick and well-marked detour to the street before rejoining the walkway. The journey begins at Water Works Park and follows the Hillsborough River to its mouth before turning west along Garrison Channel and ending at the Florida Aquarium. Designed to be a scenic tour of river views and attractions, the Riverwalk also features interpretive exhibits and public art projects highlighting the history and development of the city.The Riverwalk connects downtown attractions and new park spaces — Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers
There is something to see and do along almost every inch of this beautifully designed pedestrian walkway. Whether you are interested in visiting the museums and world-class attractions, enjoying a relaxing drink or meal while taking in the view, or getting active by walking, jogging or biking, the possibilities for enjoyable activities are endless.
Check out their website for a map and listing of area attractions. The Riverwalk is definitely a must-see attraction for your next trip to Tampa.