By Nicole Heubusch & Nicole Schoen
With everyone talking lately about the newly opened Riverwalk in downtown Tampa, we knew we had to make a trip out there to check it out. The 2.4 mile stretch along the waterfront is just a new reason to make downtown Tampa an ideal family friendly day trip.
It’s a welcome addition to an already beautiful section of Tampa. Another excuse to visit the city? Yes, please.
We parked in the Poe parking garage, and started our walk at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. To the right of us, Riverwalk would take us past the Glazer Children’s Museum, The Straz Center, The Tampa Museum of Art, The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts and Ulele. There is also a dog park as well, as the Riverwalk is pet friendly.
It was awesome to see so many owners out walking and jogging with their dogs along the river. It’s a great way for both the owner and pet to get their exercise in.
To the left, there is the Sail Pavilion, Tampa’s only 360 degree waterfront bar, and The Plank, Tampa’s first waterfront pop-up bar. The left side will also lead walkers to Amalie Area and the Florida Aquarium.
Visitors could have a relaxing lunch with a great view, then go for a walk along the water and work off those calories.
Riverwalk is the perfect spot for walkers, runners, cyclists, strollers, pets, families and friends. You can also kayak, stand up paddle board and more down the river.
We saw a couple who were riding water bikes and it looked like so much fun! We might have to make that one of our excursions.
Along the Rivewalk are shaded coverings, a perfect place to rest during sunny afternoons, or to sit and watch the sunset.
Riverwalk could easily be a romantic evening stroll along the led light walkways, or a family friendly afternoon of exercise. Plus you can’t beat free.
For more information on Riverwalk, visit www.thetampariverwalk.com.