How to make the most of the Tampa Riverwalk

By Lisa James
11/01/2024
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Learn about the Tampa Riverwalk, a scenic 4km path linking popular attractions, hotels, museums and parks – this picturesque route can be seen as ‘gems on a string’ which, together, form a delightful journey.

From Armature Works to The Florida Aquarium, what to see along the Riverwalk

Take in the beautiful waterfront views on the Tampa Riverwalk, along the Hillsborough River to the Garrison Channel. Start the journey at the bustling Heights Market at Armature Works, stop at the vibrant Curtis Hixon Park, and continue until Sparkman Wharf, stopping off at some of the many attractions, bars, or restaurants.

The Riverwalk takes visitors to many attractions, including Tampa Bay History Center, Straz Center for Performing Arts, The Florida Aquarium. Click here for a full list and more details.

Depending on the time of year your clients visit, there may well be an event taking place.

Riverfest is a public, two-day, free event that is held the first weekend in May. The festival spans the entire length of the Riverwalk and includes several parks and features family-friendly activities and events showcasing Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music and restaurants.

There’s also a July 4th Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet; and a Holiday Lighted Boat Parade in December. The Riverwalk Halloween Hunt is a family-friendly not-too-spooky virtual scavenger hunt along the Tampa Riverwalk, where teams solve riddles, puzzles and tasks.

Find out more here, download a map here and watch a video with more details about Riverwalk here.

Riverwalk Attraction Pass

The Tampa Riverwalk Attraction Pass enables visitors to enter seven of the area’s most popular attractions, all on one ticket on their mobile, saving up to 50%.

One- or three-day passes are available, instantly delivered via text and email and there is no app to download. Current prices are €35 per child and €55 per adult for a one-day pass and €49/£79 for a three-day pass.

The Florida Aquarium: Admission includes access to three touch pools, 4-D Theater, plus an outdoor play area and Splash Pad for younger children.

Pirate Water Taxi: A fleet of pirate-themed water taxis in downtown Tampa with 14 stops conveniently located along the Tampa Riverwalk, Channel District, downtown, and Davis Islands.

The Tampa Bay History Center – a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum: Features three floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Florida history. Hit the high seas with conquistadors and pirates, stroll the brick streets of Ybor City with Cuban cigar rollers, or saddle up for a cattle drive with Florida pioneers. 

Tampa Museum of Art: Founded in 1920, the Tampa Museum of Art has inspiring and engaging exhibitions and innovative educational programmes that emphasise ancient, modern, and contemporary art.

Glazer Children’s Museum: Tampa’s interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.

H.B. Plant Museum: With its magnificent Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and tropical gardens, a visit to the restored rooms of the former Tampa Bay Hotel will transport visitors to Victorian splendour.

American Victory Ship: The world-class SS American Victory served in WWII, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars, then went through a $2.5 million restoration in June 1985. Currently, the SS American Victory is only one of three fully functioning ships in the country.

Find out more in this video.

Pirate Water Taxi

The Pirate Water Taxi offers daily tours of Tampa, stopping off near attractions, museums, restaurants and parks. Guests receive a Pirate Water Taxi wristband which allows them to hop on and off the taxi at any stop for unlimited rides throughout the day. The wristbands also entitle guests to discounts with a number of venues located on the route as part of the Pirate Perks Program.

Pirate Water Taxis operate every day, from 11.30am to 9.30pm (10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays). There are two routes, the River Route features a narrated tour and the Island Loop, which takes in many of the attractions included in the River Walk Attraction pass. 

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