Drinking water, eating ice cream, and spraying yourself in the face with a hose; these are all effective ways to cool off during warm Tampa summers but they aren't quite as unique or memorable as other "cool", lesser-known-about activities in the Bay Area.
Because of this, we've decided to celebrate 8 great ways to cool off during these hot summer months with water sports activities that are unique to Hillsborough County:
1. Go on a dolphin cruise with the Florida Aquarium!
All aboard!! The Florida Aquarium’s Wild Dolphin Cruise features a 75-minute cruise guided by a Florida Aquarium naturalist aboard a 72-foot catamaran.
Come see the incredible ecosystem that is Tampa Bay and experience the abundance of wildlife that it contains.
Discover how a variety of species live in one of the largest and busiest ports in the Southern United States at Port Tampa Bay.
Also, be on the look out for the incredible Atlantic Bottle-nosed dolphin, a variety of birds and even the occasional manatee or sea turtle!
Dolphins are seen 85-90% of the time.
For more information on reservations and times, visit The Florida Aquarium's Wild Dolphin Cruise webpage.
2. Bike on Water with Tampa Bay Water Bike Company!!
Water biking is arguably the coolest way to experience Tampa’s downtown. Safe for all ages, children as young as 6 can enjoy the experience. Tampa Bay Water Bike Company's bikes are some of the safest on the market and made in the USA!
With little effort, cruise the Hillsborough at 5mph. Peddle faster and feel the breeze while enjoying the city’s skyline. Virtually impossible to tip, water bikes are great for all ages; the best part is - you'll never get wet!
Also, don't forget to try a BiYak - a kayak that you peddle! Another memorable way to cruise the bay or sightsee along the river.
3. Jet Ski with Tampa Bay Boat & Jet Ski Rentals!
Whether you're on vacation or simply want to "get away", Tampa Bay Boat & Jet Ski Rentals is the place for you!
Their highly trained, experienced, and professional staff strives to provide you with a memorable water sports experience unlike any other.
Located behind the The Westin Tampa Bay - Rocky Point, just off the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
4. Take a Dinner Cruise Aboard the Yacht StarShip!
Yacht StarShip offers everything you need for an intimate night out or an exciting group venture.
With a 3-diamond rating by AAA, Yacht StarShip ranks in the top 28% of restaurants nationwide.
Their menu is prepared fresh on board and changes seasonally with the freshest ingredients available.
Dinner cruises offer private seating, tableside service, spectacular views and dancing under the stars.
Make it a date! Reserve your dinner, brunch or lunch on Yacht StarShip today!
5. Paddle Away with Urban Kai!
Urban Kai is offers lessons, tours, fitness classes and everything else the world of SUP (or stand up paddleboarding) has to offer!
They will help you get into top shape with this low-impact, recreation activity that is quickly becoming one of the most popular water sports activities in the nation!
Float on water at sunrise or sunset, feel the cool breeze, and take in all the beauty that Tampa has to offer all while having fun and feeling great!
6. Rent a Boat at eBoats Tampa!
Relax and experience Downtown Tampa from a whole new perspective with eBoats Tampa!
Take control of your own “ship” by cruising the Hillsborough River or venturing out into the bay.
Family and friends will love these cool, covered boats that allow everyone on board a unique, memorable experience unlike any other!
7. Cruise the Hillsborough River with Canoe Escape!
Canoe Escape offers six self-guided excursions along the beautiful Hillsborough River.
Explore the 16,000 acre Flatwoods Wilderness Park and take in the sights and sounds of birds, turtles, gators, and other natural Florida wildlife!
8. Sail Away with Tampa Bay Sailing Tours!
Tampa Bay Sailing Tours provides Downtown Tampa with a unique private sailing experience unlike any other!
Combining the joy of sailing with Tampa's one of a kind energy, Tampa Bay Sailing Tours offers a memorable and relaxing experience perfect for a date for two or a private evening with family and friends.