Being developed by the non-profit organization, Friends of the Riverwalk, and the City of Tampa, the Tampa Riverwalk is a multi-faceted, pedestrian friendly space. From strollers and joggers, to boaters and walkers, all come together at the Tampa Riverwalk. There are special events held periodically at the Riverwalk, such as a "Riverwalk Trick or Treat" for Halloween. Also, popping up from time to time is the waterfront pop-up bar where you can enjoy a drink. You can also buy a paver to commemorate a memory or a loved one.
Housing the largest collection of Salvador Dali works in the world, the museum offers a regularly changing exhibit of the legendary surrealist artist's melting-watch canvases and a wide variety of his sculpture and fiber objects that are, at the very least, intriguing. One memorable creation toasts the cocktail party; it is a vest covered with full glasses of creme de menthe. Daily tours seek to explain this complex man and his equally complex art. In the museum store you can select a memento of your surreal experience. Do check the website or call for timings.
Fort DeSoto Park is comprised of over 1,100 acres (445.15 hectares) and five interconnecting islands. The park was used as a military post until 1922 and you will see the original gunnery, plus the reconstructed buildings of the era, including historical photographs and memorabilia when touring the fort. Enjoy miles of white sandy beach, fishing piers, hiking trails, canoeing, picnic areas and camping facilities. There are restaurants, snack bars and public restrooms for your convenience.
A hub for outdoor activities, this Tampa park offers visitors the opportunity to hike, fish, kayak, and more. The little ones can let loose on the playground structure and the picnic tables and barbecue's are perfect for a summer gathering. A nature center informs visitors on the local flora and fauna along with the extensive hiking trail information.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park provides for a calm and serene space in a busy town. This recreation park is equipped with modern equipments like LED lighting, adjustable seating arrangement, NEOS 360 Ring featuring challenging games for kids and so forth. Also, the lighting and water supply for the park is done through reclaimed water, thereby conserving water and electricity. It also has playground, picnic area, a separate dog park and walking trail, thereby catering to the entire family. All in all, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an ideal space to spend a lazy afternoon.
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is sprawled over 56 acres (22.7 hectares). It boasts of a dual distinction of being Tampa's oldest zoo as well as one of the most kid-friendly attractions in the city. Its fauna are sheltered in eight habitat zones that recreate the natural environment of the wildlife. These include the Wallaroo Station for Australian species, the Asian Gardens and Sulawesi Aviary for giant cats, and the Florida Boardwalk for native animals. Its rehabilitation and preservation programs extend well beyond the efforts of a typical zoo. Its most notable initiative is the hospital, Manatee and Aquatic Center. After an engaging day with animals, kids can delight in safari tours, bumper boats, roller coasters and pony rides. Its traveling exhibits and talk shows educate the public on environmental conservation. This venue is also ideal for camps and sleepovers. Celebrate a birthday party, business event or a wedding in style amidst wildlife.
Cypress Point Park is a beautiful park located right on the beach in Westshore. The park features several trails that are great for biking, running or simply strolling as well as its own small beach. Cypress Point also features several picnic areas complete with grills. The park is a favorite among locals who take often take advantage of all it has to offer.
Opened in 1987, Clayton Galleries has been providing artwork to the Tampa community for over 25 years. The gallery highlights and promotes the work of Florida artists as well as regional artists through ongoing exhibitions. Current works along with earlier pieces by artists allow visitors to see the creative growth of each individual artist. On display you will see a variety of mediums including oils, watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, paper, and photography. Rotating exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year. Clayton Galleries also offers custom framing from basic styles to embellished gold leaf finishes by an experienced in-house framer.
If you are a vintage car enthusiast, then the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum is a must on your itinerary when visiting the city. Opened in 2005, their collection is a range of automobiles from the 1920s through to the 1930s that were known for their engineering marvel. These cars were the pioneers of that era that set a trend for the future of vehicles. It features cars from all across the world such as the E from France, Tatra T87 from Czechoslovakia, DKW Meisterklasse from Germany and the American Ruxton.
As one of the earliest parks in the South Tampa area, Ballast Point Park has been providing outdoor fun for countless Floridians since its construction in 1894. Besides offering splendid views of downtown Tampa, Ballast features a water area, playground and covered picnic area. Families head here in droves during the summer months for some good old fashioned outdoor recreation.
Ben T Davis Beach is a cloistered white sand beach adjacent to the Courtney Campbell Trail in Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL. It is one of the largest beaches in the city with small shelters and shacks for refreshment. It is a pleasant sight to see groups playing beach volley or families on a picnic here.
Tampa Bay Grand Prix is an indoor go-karting venue. Both professionals and amateurs can participate in races with electric Italian pro-karts that reach speeds up to 45mph (72.4kmh). The race track is 0.25 miles long (0.4 kilometers) and is surrounded by a state-of-the art barrier system for a safe racing experience. You can bring friends and family along and see who records the lowest lap time on their Club Speeding Timing System. A sheet with your lap times is provided to you at the end of the race, and you can check your best times for the week, month as well as top scores online. They also have junior karts for kids.