Tampa Offers Plenty of Fresh-Air Pursuits by Land or Bay Waters

Tampa's beautiful weather, sandy beaches, and warm, fish-filled waters make it the perfect place to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. There is no end to the activities you can do, from fishing to biking to kayaking. To get you started on Tampa's great outdoor adventures, 10 Best has come up with a list of great options to consider.

There are several memorable urban trails perfect for walking or biking including the new Tampa Riverwalk that takes you on a waterfront tour of the city's main attractions. The wide, paved pathway is approximately 2.5 miles long and is perfect for all ages and abilities. There are plenty of pit-stops along the way from shady parks with benches to upscale dining options.

Many of Tampa's outdoor activities center around the city's waterways. Whether you want to be in it, on it, or dragging big things out of it, you can easily find what you're looking for. One popular way to get out on the water is paddle-boarding. It's a common sight in Tampa to see people paddle-boarding down the slow moving waters of the Hillsborough River. To set out on your own adventure, visit Urban Kai, a local paddle-board shop that also provides rentals, lessons, and fitness classes.

Steady Action Fishing Charters is a popular provider of light tackle and fly fishing charters in Tampa Bay. Guided by your experienced Captain, Jason Prieto, you will head out onto the flats and backcountry waters where he has spent years...  Read More

Ballast Point Park and Pier
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Ballast Point Park and Pier is located in the quiet neighborhood of Ballast Point in South Tampa. It features a wonderful splash park for the kids, a large playground area, shade trees and picnic tables. One of the most impressive features of...  Read More

Hillsborough River State Park
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To see natural Florida without having to drive very far out of town, Hillsborough River State Park is your best bet. Located upriver from downtown Tampa in northeastern Hillsborough County, this is one of Florida's oldest and most popular state...  Read More

Tampa's Urban Kai is a stand-up paddle board store located on the Riverwalk at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. In addition to selling paddle boards and gear, they offer rentals, fitness classes, and adventure tours. If you're in town and...  Read More

Tampa Bay Water Bikes is located on the public docks adjacent to the Convention Center and Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa. The perfect sightseeing option to get a water view of the city's iconic landmarks, water biking is easy and fun. Also...  Read More

Lettuce Lake Regional Park is located along the Hillsborough River about half an hour north of downtown Tampa. The river at this point is in its natural state, untouched by houses and development giving visitors a chance to experience natural...  Read More

eBoats is an electric boat rental company that operates out of a kiosk on the docks in front of the Tampa Convention Center and Sail Pavilion. These 21-foot, electric boats are quiet, eco-friendly, come with a sun cover, and only go about 6 mph....  Read More

Coast Bike Share provides a convenient and environmentally-friendly transit option in Tampa's most popular neighborhoods. With bike hubs located in downtown, Hyde Park, and Ybor City, visitors can grab a bike and explore many of the city's most...  Read More

Yes, a sidewalk is one of Tampa's best attractions. Running from just north of MacDill Air Force Base to downtown Tampa along Hillsborough Bay, the sidewalk that runs along Bayshore Boulevard is the longest continuous sidewalk in the US. It is...  Read More

Tampa Riverwalk
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The Tampa Riverwalk is a scenic exploration of the downtown riverfront. A good place to start is Waterworks Park, however, you can join the walk from anywhere along the route (see their website for a map). The Riverwalk takes you past most of...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye is a freelance writer that adopted Tampa as her hometown over a decade ago and never looked back. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no snow climate, and in her spare time...  More About Skye