There is so much more to do on Tampa Riverwalk than the name implies.
Sure, you could just walk along the river, but you’d be missing most of the fun. The Riverwalk is a hub for shopping, dining, and so much more. There are even hotels nearby, in case you really do, “shop-til-you-drop.”
Get out and explore all that the Tampa Riverwalk has to offer!
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Eat, Drink, & Be Merry:
Restaurants & Bars Along the Tampa Riverwalk
This is not your run-of-the-mill food spot.
The Tampa Riverwalk features some unique restaurants and dining experiences.
Self-described as “Tampa’s new outdoor waterfront destination,” Sparkman Wharf is scheduled to open this fall. It will host “a curated blend of unexpected tastes and experiences.”
It’s 65,000 square feet of retail space will soon be home to ten new restaurants. Each will have its own unique niche in the Tampa food scene and will offer outdoor waterfront seating.
This restored historic building houses an awesome multi-purpose space. Here you can find eateries, markets, and event spaces with a great view of the Hillborough River.
This place is a foodie’s heaven. With 22,000 square feet of industrial market space and an open floor plan, you are free to roam through it all.
With the eclectic mix of offerings here, you’re sure to find something to feed any craving.
- Graze 1910 offers American fare and all-day breakfast.
- Enjoy tasty ramen at Ichorio Imoto.
- Grab a pick-me-up at Union by Commune + Co. Coffee and Tea Bar.
- Check out the “Show + Tell” workshop for cooking classes, wine tastings, and more!
The Southern-inspired kitchen brings Southern hospitality to the table.
The main attraction here is the premium steaks among other Southern fares. Stop by on the weekend to try their signature brunch offerings.
Want to make it a special evening? Dress for dinner and call in your reservation.
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River-Side Fun: Tampa Riverwalk Attractions Featuring Something for Everyone
For the Kid at Heart
Little travelers need lots of excitement to hold their attention. These fun spots will do just that.
Get up close and personal with 7,000 plants and animals at the Florida Aquarium. Throughout the year, they host 300 events while maintaining programs and exhibits for all ages.
You can even Swim and Dive with sea creatures like:
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Entertain the younger travelers’ among you at this museum with exhibits that are just their size!
Children’s activities include:
- Learning the basics of banking and commerce at Suncoast Credit Union’s Central Bank exhibit.
- Design a Tampa Bay train route at the Engineers’ Workshop.
- Learn how water moves with the water table at KidsPort.
For the Artsy Folk:
There are several art centers along the Riverwalk, from museums to performing arts.
- Florida Museum of Photographic Art
- Tampa Museum of Art
- Straz Performing Arts Center
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For the History Buff:
Learn about Tampa Bay’s past and more at these fun historical stops.
The American Victory Ship
This ship served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. It was restored in 1985 and now operates as Tampa’s maritime museum. You can even book the ship for parties!
Tampa Bay History Center
Explore three floors of exhibits showcasing Florida’s history. Catch these exhibits before they’re gone!
- Navigating in the Age Before GPS: Nautical Charts of Florida and the Caribbean – Through Dec. 2018
- A History of Conservation: A Bird’s Eye View – Through Feb. 10, 2019
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For the “Tour”-ist:
Sometimes the “touristy” stuff is the most fun. Tours are a great way to learn a lot about your host city in a short period of time.
Meet your daily step goal while you enjoy Tampa art in public spaces. This nearly 2.5-mile walking tour is self-guided, so enjoy it at your own pace.
This version of the Riverwalk Walking Tour takes you past hotspots, monuments, and more. You’ll be sure to find some awesome photo opportunities along the way.
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The Tampa Riverwalk Gets Festive
If your Tampa vacation falls during a holiday season, you’ve got to see how the Riverwalk gets into the holiday spirit.
Riverwalk Trick or Treat: October 27, 2018, 4-7 p.m.
Kids can trick-or-treat safely while collecting candy and treats from up to 50 area locations. The event portion of the Riverwalk will be just over a mile long.
Holiday Harbour: December 3, 2018 – January 2, 2018
A 35-foot-tall Christmas tree made of LED lights will float in the harbor throughout the holiday season. Nearby establishments will have lighted displays, as well.
Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade: December 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Watch as boats head down the river, lit brightly with holiday cheer.
This is an annual summer event with food and fun of all kinds. The 2018 event hosted a:
- Weiner Dog Derby
- Taco Fest
- Hot Air Balloon Glow
- Lots of live entertainment
- Even a full concert line-up for the weekend!
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