The most effective outside locations to go to in Tampa, Florida
Forward of the Tremendous Bowl on Feb. 7, we highlight 5 important locations for open air enjoyable in Tampa Bay.
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Whereas admittedly nonetheless a bit groggy after celebrating our Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ thrilling win in opposition to Inexperienced Bay to turn out to be the primary host group to play within the Tremendous Bowl, let’s check out a few of the greatest issues to do whereas in Tampa Bay, Florida, which incorporates Hillsborough and Pinellas counties with main cities/spring break locations like Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
Regardless if you happen to’re planning a visit to the Tampa space on Feb. 7 or simply need to know what makes the place so alluring – Tampa will now have hosted 5 Tremendous Bowls – contemplate picks from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, which is a part of the USA TODAY Community, for al fresco enjoyable.
From a brand-new pleasure pier overlooking Tampa Bay to a boardwalk spanning swamps crammed with alligators to a riverwalk dotted with fashionable eating places and bars, these 5 places ought to provide one thing for everybody visiting our waterfront nook of the Sunshine State.
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312 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; 813-274-8615; tampa.gov
Dubbed the “Longest Steady Sidewalk in america,” Bayshore Boulevard hugs Hillsborough Bay and serves because the unofficial gymnasium of South Tampa and its Hyde Park neighborhood of lavish historic houses and newly constructed mansions. The 10 foot-wide sidewalk, which begins on the north on the Columbus Statue Park at Platt Avenue and ends 4.5 miles later at Gandy Boulevard, often teems with walkers, joggers, cyclists and rollerbladers usually stopping on the exercise stations dotting the waterfront.
Boasting sugary white sands and clear, shallow water, Clearwater Seashore contains such points of interest because the palm-lined Seashore Stroll Promenade, and Pier 60, which since 1995 has hosted Sunsets at Pier 60, a nightly sundown celebration that includes artisans, avenue performers and people world-famous Gulf of Mexico sunsets. Different must-visit locations at Clearwater Seashore embody Frenchy’s Unique Cafe for a recent grouper sandwich and Shephard’s Seashore Resort, residence to probably the most well-liked tiki seashore bars in Tampa Bay. Seeking to benefit from the extra scenic aspect of Clearwater? Go to Caladesi Island State Park. Situated simply north of Clearwater Seashore, it ranked No. 6 on Dr. Seashore’s 2020 High Ten Seashore record. There’s additionally the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, residence of Winter, star of the “Dolphin Story” films.
Lettuce Lake Park
6920 East Fletcher Ave., Tampa; 813-987-6204; hillsboroughcounty.org
About 15 miles northeast of the place the Hillsborough River snakes via downtown Tampa, Lettuce Lake Park is the place native residents go to expertise the good outdoor. The park contains wooded picnic areas and playgrounds in addition to a 1.25-mile paved train path. Its primary attraction, although, is the 3,500-foot boardwalk for traversing the park’s hardwood swamp forest. There’s additionally an statement tower overlooking the Hillsborough River plus canoe and kayak leases if you happen to’re courageous sufficient for encounters with numerous birds and wildlife together with, sure, some very giant and hungry-looking alligators!
St. Pete Pier
600 Second Ave. NE., St. Petersburg; stpetepier.org
A part of a 131-year-old custom, the most recent model of the St. Pete Pier opened this previous summer season masking 26 acres and costing taxpayers $92 million. It features a fishing deck, picnic space, splash pad, playground, a market, discovery heart, a nature stroll in addition to a seashore space with colourful chairs for lounging. After which there are all the good waterfront eating places together with Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, named after the primary character in over 20 novels by bestselling Sanibel Island writer Randy Wayne White. Plus, there are the Pier Level eating places together with the fourth-floor Teak and its rooftop tiki bar providing spectacular views of Tampa Bay and the downtown St. Pete skyline.
Lining the shore of the Hillsborough River, Riverwalk runs 2.5 miles connecting the leisure heart of Sparkman Wharf alongside Garrison Channel in downtown Tampa with Armature Works to the north in Tampa Heights. Formally beginning on the South Plaza by Florida Aquarium, one can find every part from monuments to noteworthy Tampeños and the Amalie Area (residence of the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning) to water shuttle stops and the Gasparilla pirate ship. There are additionally heaps and plenty of eating places and bars alongside Riverwalk. Private favorites embody Flock and Inventory at Sparkman Wharf for fried rooster, 4 Inexperienced Fields at Curtis Hixon Park for real Irish libations and delicacies, and Ulele by Armature Works for fabulous Florida dishes. Have in mind, official to-go cups are the one authorized method to drink on the Riverwalk.