Tampa Offers an Abundance of Land and Water Fresh-Air Pursuits

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. That's not to mention world-class golfing and pristine beaches, which this list won't mention as these activities have their own top 10 list! See here for beaches and here for golf courses. To get you started on the abundance of Tampa's other great outdoor adventures, read on for a list of the 10 Best 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.



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

Ballast Point Park and Pier
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Named for the spot where arriving ships would off-load their ballast to enter the harbor, Ballast Point Park and Pier is located in a quiet neighborhood of South Tampa. It features a wonderful splash park for the kids, a large playground area,...  Read More



Tampa's Pirate Water Taxi travels the city's downtown waterways and offers visitors and residents an easy and convenient way to visit downtown parks, museums, restaurants, and other attractions. The large, comfortable vessels offer seating for...  Read More

Hillsborough River State Park
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To see the natural beauty of 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...  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. Renting one of these charming boats is a great way to explore Tampa's harbor, feast your eyes on some of the largest and...  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



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



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 and connects most of the popular downtown attractions, parks, and restaurants. The broad paved path runs along, and in places, runs over the Hillsborough River and Garrison...  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