15 Oct Top Ten Things to do on the Tampa Riverwalk
Check out Year-Round Events
Enjoy events all year-round on Tampa’s Riverwalk. Highlights include the invasion of Gasparilla Pirate Fest each January; River O’ Green Fest in March, where the mayor dyes the river green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day; Tampa Riverfest in May, with a full line-up of concerts, events and family-friendly activities; Riverwalk Trick or Treat in October; and the Holiday Harbour Christmas Tree Showcase and Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade each December.
Visit Tampa’s Renowned Museums
The Tampa Museum of Art offers an incredible collection of iconic exhibits year-round, with special events that engage and inspire our community. Families will enjoy the educational and interactive exhibits at the Glazer Children’s Museum adjacent to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. A bit further down the Riverwalk near Amalie Arena, visitors can experience Tampa’s origins and rich culture at the Tampa Bay History Center.
Relax with Yoga at Curtis Hixon Park
Yoga in Downtown Tampa has become an area favorite! Alongside the sparkling Hillsborough River in beautiful Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, guests will enjoy a variety of different classes and workshops that will inspire even a yoga novice.
Boat on the Hillsborough River
From the Pirate Water Taxi, taking guests on a scenic hop-on, hop-off tour along the Riverwalk; to eBoat rentals, allowing for independent or captain-led exploration of downtown Tampa waterways; or even taking your own boat for a leisurely ride up and down the Hillsborough River and docking near the Convention Center, there are endless ways to explore the waters surrounding downtown.
Enjoy Al Fresco Dining
There are several restaurants along the Tampa Riverwalk, including Ulele, among the most popular in the area along the Hillsborough River waterfront. Riverwalk Cafe at TMA is located inside the Tampa Museum of Art, with a menu that changes to complement the current exhibits. The Sail is a 360-degree waterfront bar behind the Tampa Convention Center, offering a spot to bring your pet and enjoy the view. The Columbia Café inside the Tampa Bay History Center creates the charm and flavor of the original Columbia in Ybor City, with a sampling of restaurant classics and views of the harbor below.
Bike to Armature Works & Heights Public Market
The 2.4-mile Tampa Riverwalk is a walkable, joggable, bikeable, Segway-able path connecting the sights, culture and entertainment of the downtown riverfront. Make your way to Armature Works, a fully-restored mixed-use attraction at the heart of the historic Tampa Heights neighborhood. The structure has been reinvented as a premier community destination with innovative eateries, including Heights Public Market – a 22,000-square-foot industrial space featuring a showcase of Tampa Bay’s most exciting restauranteurs.
Visit the Florida Aquarium
The aquarium isn’t just for kids anymore! The Florida Aquarium is among the best in the nation, with a lush tropical environment with interactive programs, educational programs and thousands of fish and sealife to experience. For grown-ups only: once a year, the aquarium hosts Brews by the Bay, with samples of 100+ beers and food tastings from 30+ restaurants, all with amazing undersea views.
Spend an Evening at The Straz
The largest facility of its kind in the southeast U.S., The Straz Center for the Performing Arts hosts world-class entertainment, ranging from lavish Broadway shows to classical music and rock concerts. Celebrate Tampa’s Downtown during Fourth Friday, a monthly free evening of music and entertainment hosted by The Straz.
Feel the Thunder with Lightning Hockey
One of the winningest and most exciting teams in the National Hockey League, the Tampa Bay Lightning call Amalie Arena home. Take in a thrilling game and feel the electricity in the air – crackling Tesla coils hanging from the rafters and a digital pipe organ in the arena’s terrace level bar add a special thunder to each home game.
Light up the Night
Close a day with a stroll along the Riverwalk, and you’ll notice the University of Tampa’s signature silver minarets glowing in the evening sky. An LED light installation glows on the walls of the Tampa Museum of Art. The arched canopies that provide shade during the day are lit with color by night, providing a unique ambiance to our treasured Tampa Riverwalk.Back to Article List