The Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.4-mile sidewalk that is on the edge of the Hillsborough River that runs along Downtown Tampa. The Riverwalk begins in Channelside next to the Tampa Bay History Center and finishes next to Armature Works. The Riverwalk features many restaurants, bars, and other fun things to do. Continue reading below for your guide to the Tampa Riverwalk.
Armature Works is a popular stop along the Riverwalk, especially during the weekend. If you are looking for a quieter experience, I recommend going during the week. Armature Works is a fully restored building that features mixed-use space with a combination of counter service restaurants, bars and sit down locations. If you choose to dine at a counter service location, there is open seating so be prepared to search for an open seat if you come on a busy night. Many locals like to begin their night at Armature during the weekend, so it is not as busy and then stroll the Riverwalk.
Pedal down the Hillsborough River next to the Riverwalk on Kraken Cycle Boat. Grab your friends and your favorite drink to enjoy this attraction. It’s a 2-hour trip and sure to turn heads from walkers on the Riverwalk.
Avoid the road and navigate the river with the Pirate Water Taxi. There are convenient stops across the bay such as Armature Works, Tampa General Hospital and Amalie Arena. Rides begin each day at 11:30 am.
Catch a play, comedian, or music act at the Straz Center. Before or after the performance stroll the RiverWalk and enjoy one of the many restaurants. Outside of the building on the Riverwalk, there is the Straz Center’s very own SIP bar fashioned out of an AirStream. Hangout here for drinks or pick one up and continue walking!
This is an 8-acre park lining the Riverwalk. It features regular events, a dog park, an open grass area, and a kiosk with restrooms. People enjoy sitting on the benches and enjoying the day - it is a great stopping point on the Riverwalk if you start at Armature Works.
If you're looking to rent a bike or scooter, Aloft has plenty to rent that can get you all around Downtown Tampa. Their W XYZ Bar & Lounge is an upscale martini bar located inside the hotel and it's also a perfect spot to get away. They're currently offering several special deals.
Yacht StarShip is THE number one dining yacht in the area. Enjoy a gourmet meal, fine cocktails as you dance under the stars. It doesn’t get any better than this.
This is an outdoor concept opening up to the Bay with 9 dining locations to choose from. All of the dining locations are counter-service, serving food from redone shipping containers. There is often live music and other events to attend. Enjoy the open grass area by bringing a blanket or play corn hole with the boards provided.
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When you just need to get away, let the Tampa Marriott Water Street Hotel take you there. You can relax the day away at Spa Waterside while you enjoy a massage, a facial or a service of your choice from the full-service salon. Complete your visit with a stop at the Café Waterside for a great meal.
The Florida Aquarium is buckets of fun for all ages. Take in over 200,000 square feet of air-conditioned fun while you hit the shark collection, the spineless wonders or chat with the otters. This is so much splashin’ fun; the kids won’t know they’re learning along the way.
There are some delicious food options you'll find when you're walking - take a look at Ulele, Malio's Prime Steakhouse, The Sail Pavilion, Columbia Cafe or any of the restaurants at Armature Works. If you're interested in an adult beverage when you're touring the Riverwalk, you can get a to-go-cup with some restrictions. You're not allowed to bring your own alcohol but can enjoy your favorite drink from one of the licensed restaurants along the way.
Cover photo courtesy of the Tampa Riverwalk Facebook page