Your favorite artists are taking over Tampa this summer with concert series’ at Amalie Arena, The Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater and Raymond James Stadium.
Tampa’s Riverwalk recently opened its final major link, creating an unbroken 2.5-mile corridor that connects some of Tampa Bay’s most popular landmarks. Rent a bike from Coast Bike Share or strike out on foot beside the sparkling Hillsborough River. Cross the river and you’ll find 6 miles of unbroken waterfront sidewalk along Bayshore Boulevard for riding, running and walking. The World’s Longest Sidewalk gives you a stunning view of Tampa Bay. You might even spot a dolphin or manatee beyond the balustrade.
Tampa’s craft beer scene is growing so quickly we can barely keep up with the new breweries in town. An obvious stop is Tampa’s most well-known brewery, Cigar City, but you should also drop by Coppertail’s brand new tasting room. Just down the street, enjoy a beer on a patio in the heart of Ybor City at Tampa Bay Brewing Company. In the Seminole Height’s district, savor a signature sour beer at Angry Chair. Down the street you’ll find plenty of games & space to sprawl out at Florida Avenue Brewing.
4. MuseumsBeat the heat with the kids at Tampa Bay’s most popular interactive museums. At Glazer Children’s Museum, kids can learn hands-on about their community: load cargo at the port; design and build paper airplanes; make their own TV weather report; cook in a restaurant; don a firefighter’s jacket and more. The museum hosts a traveling interactive display on the Wizard of Oz through September. MOSI, the Museum of Science and Industry, lets kids explore dinosaurs, test their skills on a ropes course and feel the power of a hurricane. The Tampa Museum of Art provides world-class traveling exhibitions, a growing collection of contemporary and classical art, expanded educational programs and access to scenic outdoor events in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Tampa's Riverwalk. The Florida Aquarium has 20,000 sea creatures, penguins and lemurs to enthrall young and old. There’s also a water park that stays open late. And, of course, sharks.
5. Float the River
Take a trip along Tampa Bay’s sparkling waterfront on a paddleboard, water bike or biyak. Outside the Tampa Convention Center, you’ll find three companies that can give you a different view of Tampa Bay’s waterfront and skyline: Tampa Bay Water Bike Company rents pedal-powered floating transport – pontoon-based water bikes and pedal-powered kayaks. Tampa eBoats rents electric-powered 10-person boats for jaunts around the waterfront. Urban Kai rents stand-up paddleboards for the whole family.
5 Reasons to visit Tampa Bay in summer
Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Ciarra Luster