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.
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.
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.
The John B. Sargeant Park encircles the confluence of Flint Creek and Hillsborough River. This 23-acre (9.3-hecatre) woodland is replete with green and golden vegetation, a swampy terrain, and trails, boardwalks and bridges veiled by thick foliage. Some of their pathways connect to famous parks in the neighborhood. Visitors can also canoe, paddle or kayak along the river, which again leads to surrounding gardens. Other activities include hiking, fishing and spotting birds like the egret and ibis. This park also offers extensive picnic areas for relaxation.
Seeking the refuge of the warm canal waters near the old Big Bend Power Station, manatees were seen flocking to this area. From this, the Manatee Viewing Center was born and has since been designated a habitat sanctuary for these peaceful creatures. The onsite educational center features colorful displays and exhibits along with a hurricane simulator. A butterfly garden encapsulating the centers solar panels rounds out this ecologically and environmentally friendly tourist attraction.
Overlooking the Tampa Bay, the beautifully landscaped open space, the Philippe Park has much to offer for all. The highlight of the park is a National Historic Landmark, the Tocobaga Indian Mound. After exploring the historic site, take a stroll on the scenic shore or enjoy a family picnic in the park. The picturesque facility also has a fishing pier and a boat ramp, making it a perfect spot for relaxation. Other amenities here include playgrounds, softball fields, picnic shelters and restrooms.
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.
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.
A tranquil garden in Tampa on North Ashley Drive is counted as an ideal spot for picnics and strolls. The park opened in 1988 and is a masterwork architected by Dan Kiley. It is a 2.5acres of land that is often used for wedding ceremonies.
Tampa City Hall is located at Florida, United States. This historic site was designed by M. Leo Elliott and was built in the year 1915 C.E. This hall was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on October 1, 1974.
A neighborhood park popular for its walking trails, Al Lopez Park offers scenic views and a recreational outdoor space for the local community. The 1.2 mile long multi-faceted trails can be sued for walking, jogging or exercising. Other features here include two beautiful ponds, a fishing pier, picnic shelters, exercise stations, and a community center. Another highlight of the facility is the dog park, an open space for your furry friends to indulge in outdoor activities and mingle with others.