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Bustling with culture, vibrant nightlife, and a stunning waterfront location, downtown Tampa offers a dynamic escape for every type of traveler. Whether you crave artistic immersion, family-friendly adventures, or energetic nights out, this thriving urban core promises an unforgettable experience.

This comprehensive guide to downtown Tampa things to do unveils the best of this vibrant city, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Guide to Downtown Tampa Things To Do

1. Immerse Yourself in Art and History

Tampa Museum of Art: Delve into an impressive collection spanning centuries, from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary American works at the Tampa Museum of Art.

Glazer Children's Museum: Ignite imaginations at this interactive children's museum, where kids can explore science, art, and creativity through hands-on exhibits.

The Straz Center: Catch a captivating performance at this performing arts center, showcasing everything from Broadway hits to opera and ballet productions.

Tampa Bay History Center: Step back in time at the Tampa Bay History Center, where exhibits chronicle the region's rich heritage, from its indigenous roots to its modern development.

2. Explore Downtown Tampa's Vibrant Streetscape

Tampa Riverwalk: Stroll along the scenic Tampa Riverwalk, a 2.6-mile waterfront path dotted with restaurants, shops, and stunning views of Tampa Bay. Rent a bike or scooter, take a leisurely boat cruise, or simply soak up the sunshine on this pedestrian-friendly walkway.

Public Art: Downtown Tampa is an open-air art gallery, showcasing a diverse collection of sculptures, murals, and installations. Embark on a self-guided walking tour to discover these artistic gems tucked away on street corners and plazas.

3. Restaurants in Downtown Tampa

Indulge in Tampa's culinary scene, offering everything from fresh seafood and international flavors to trendy gastropubs and laid-back cafes. Don't miss out on the chance to experience some of downtown Tampa's renown restaurants:

Bern's Steak House: A Tampa fine-dining institution, Bern's Steak House is a must-visit for discerning gourmands. Expect vintage opulence, culinary excellence, and one of the world's largest wine collections. Don't miss their famed dessert room, where you can indulge in decadent treats like Baked Alaska.

Ulele: Located on the Tampa Riverwalk, overlooking the Hillsborough River, come experience the essence of Florida cuisine at Ulele. Ulele is a rustic-chic restaurant specializing in native Floridian fare. Their menu features mouthwatering barbacoa grilled meats, fresh seafood dishes, and house-brewed beers, all served in a stylish setting that reflects the region's rich heritage.

Coco's Latin Cuisine Food Truck: This popular food truck serves up authentic Tampa Bay favorites, like Cuban sandwiches, tacos, empanadas, and stuffed potatoes. Made with fresh ingredients and a whole lot of love, Coco's Latin Cuisine is a delicious and affordable way to experience the local flavors. Find their current location by following them on social media.

4. Coffee Shops Downtown Tampa

Kickstart your day with a cup of joe at a local coffee shop. Ginger Beard Coffee and Caffeine Tampa are popular choices, known for their handcrafted brews and inviting atmosphere.

 

5. Breweries and Cocktail Bars in Downtown Tampa

Sample the local craft beers at Tampa's burgeoning brewery scene. There are many breweries to choose from. Try a pint at Coppertail Brewing Co. or Cigar City Brewing

Or, explore the energetic bar scene, with options ranging from rooftop bars with panoramic views to trendy cocktail lounges:

  • Élevage SoHo Kitchen & BarÉlevage offers an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails alongside a sophisticated menu of small plates and entrees.
  • CW's Gin Joint: This speakeasy-style bar boasts an impressive selection of gins and classic cocktails, perfect for a sophisticated evening out. Discover a new favorite from the menu at CW's Gin Joint.
  • The Champagne Bar:  Sip on some bubbly at this delicately original and adorable spot, The Champagne Bar.
  • Copper Shaker: With a rustic, unique vibe, come enjoy a cocktail at Copper Shaker
 

6. Shopping

From high-end boutiques and national retailers to quirky local shops and art galleries, downtown Tampa offers a diverse shopping experience. Hit the ground running on your shopping spree by exploring these popular areas:

Channelside District: This waterfront district features a mix of national retailers and local shops, alongside restaurants and entertainment venues.

Franklin Street: Stroll down charming Franklin Street, lined with trendy boutiques, art galleries, and specialty shops.

Sparkman Wharf: Explore the lively Sparkman Wharf, a waterfront district brimming with restaurants, shops, entertainment venues, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Shop: Gear up and show your team spirit at the official Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Shop.

7. Tampa Bay Cruises

Embark on a scenic cruise from Tampa Bay, offering breathtaking views of the skyline and the chance to spot dolphins and other marine life. Choose from a variety of cruise experiences, including:

Hornblower Cruises & Events: Hornblower Cruises offers a variety of daytime and evening cruises, perfect for sightseeing, celebrating a special occasion, or simply enjoying the views of Tampa Bay.

StarLite Cruises: StarLite Cruises provides dinner cruises and event cruises, offering a romantic and scenic way to experience Tampa Bay.

8. Family-Friendly Fun

The Florida Aquarium: Encounter a dazzling array of marine life at The Florida Aquarium, a must-do for families visiting downtown Tampa. Interactive exhibits, fascinating shows, and opportunities to touch stingrays and other aquatic creatures guarantee an unforgettable experience.

Henry B. Plant Museum: Explore the opulent Henry B. Plant Museum, a former railroad magnate's grand hotel, now showcasing Victorian-era grandeur and fascinating exhibits.

 

9. Downtown Tampa Bay Tours

With so many historical tours available in downtown Tampa, there’s a tour for everyone. Explore downtown Tampa at your own pace by bike. Pedal along the scenic Riverwalk, discover hidden gems in historic neighborhoods, or venture further afield to explore nearby Bayshore Boulevard with your own bike or a rental.

10. Catch a Downtown Tampa Event

Downtown Tampa is a hub for year-round events, catering to diverse interests. From vibrant art festivals and energetic sporting events to captivating live music performances and cultural celebrations, there's always something happening to keep you entertained. Check out the Tampa Downtown Partnership Events Calendar to discover what's on during your visit.

Place to Stay Tampa: Sailport Waterfront Suites

After a day of exploring the best things to do in downtown Tampa, unwind and recharge at Sailport Waterfront Suites. This luxurious waterfront resort offers a haven of relaxation and upscale amenities, perfect for discerning travelers.

Accommodations

Sailport Waterfront Suites boasts a variety of spacious suites, each designed to provide a comfortable and stylish home away from home. Whether you choose a studio suite, a one-bedroom suite, or a two-bedroom suite, you'll enjoy stunning waterfront views, private balconies, and plush furnishings. In-suite amenities include fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryer units, and high-speed Wi-Fi, ensuring a convenient and comfortable stay.

Amenities and Features

Beyond the luxurious suites, Sailport Waterfront Suites offers a plethora of amenities and features to enhance your downtown Tampa experience.

  • Rooftop Pool: Take a refreshing dip in the sparkling rooftop pool, soaking up breathtaking panoramic views of Tampa Bay and the city skyline.
  • Fitness Center: Maintain your workout routine at the state-of-the-art fitness center, equipped with top-of-the-line cardio and weight training equipment.
  • On-Site Dining: Savor delicious meals without venturing far from your suite. Sailport Waterfront Suites offers on-site dining options, perfect for a convenient and enjoyable dining experience.
  • Prime Location: Situated directly on the Tampa Harbor, Sailport Waterfront Suites provides easy access to all the best things to do in downtown Tampa. Stroll along the scenic Riverwalk, explore nearby cultural attractions, or catch a boat cruise from the harbor, all within walking distance of the resort.

Things To Do In Downtown Tampa

With so many things to do in downtown Tampa come explore the vibrant energy, cultural delights, and hidden gems of this city. From world-class museums and captivating performing arts to scenic cruises and delectable culinary experiences, downtown Tampa offers something for everyone. Pack your bags for Sailport Waterfront Suites, then lace up your walking shoes, and get ready to discover the magic of Tampa Bay. 

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