The Tampa Riverwalk: Your Guide for Walkable Attractions from the Tampa Convention Center

12/7/2017

Tampa Riverwalk

Stepping out of the Tampa Convention Center’s Channel entrance, visitors can find themselves on the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. 2.6 miles long, this waterfront walking/biking path is one of Tampa’s signature developments, as it connects some of the downtown’s major attractions while offering stunning views of the city.

Our convenient location as one of the waypoints along the Riverwalk gives guests access to some of the top hotspots in Tampa’s downtown. If you’re visiting the city for a convention, see our virtual Riverwalk tour below to identify the walkable attraction that you can visit during your event breaks.

Starting Point: The Tampa Convention Center

Tampa Riverwalk
Tampa Riverwalk

Located at stop #13, our facility put visitors within walking distance of attractions on either side of the Riverwalk. Our patio facing the Riverwalk offers a shady breezeway where you can often spot locals jogging, walking, or biking. This is also a great place to step outside for some fresh air, Florida sun, and waterfront views. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a dolphin in Garrison Channel or the Hillsborough River.

Convention Center Boating Docks

Tampa Riverwalk

The Convention Center boating docks offer a means for conventiongoers to visit our facility by water. Hourly, daily, and overnight rates are available for those wishing to tie up their vessels.

In addition, the Convention Center boating docks are home to several of downtown Tampa’s top water attractions. Some of the local companies that have dropped anchor at the Convention Center boating docks include, the Pirate Water Taxi, eBoats and the Tampa Bay Water Bike Company. With these services, you can explore Tampa’s channels from the water with unique views of the city. The Pirate Water Taxi even has several stops along the Tampa Riverwalk, allowing visitors to get on/off at various attractions all day with a single ticket.

The Sail

Tampa Riverwalk

Whether you’re stopping by for a family lunch, or getting drinks with your colleagues, The Sail is the perfect place to kick back, relax, and enjoy the waterfront views.

The Sail is a 360-degree open-air bar and restaurant that is kid-friendly and dog-friendly too. Joggers, cyclists, dog-walkers, and others will often stop at The Sail for a cold drink or a bite to eat as they stroll the Riverwalk.

At night, The Sail gives visitors a glimpse into Tampa’s nightlife, often featuring live music, sports-themed happy hour specials, trivia nights, and other fun events. On the second Friday of each month, The Sail hosts its monthly Brews & Bites food truck rally, giving visitors a taste of local flavor with a lineup of Tampa Bay’s best food trucks.

Open 11am-2am daily, The Sail is a must-see during any trip to the Tampa Convention Center.

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Going South from the Tampa Convention Center

Amalie Arena

(0.3 miles, about a 6 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Home to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Amalie Arena is an exciting sports and concert venue located right next door to our facility. If visiting at the same time as a home game, conventiongoers can feel the thunder by catching a hockey match with Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

In addition to hosting hockey games, Amalie Arena also attracts globally recognized billboard artists like Bruno Marz, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, Andrea Bocelli, and other talented performers to its stage.

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park

(0.3 miles, about a 6 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk


Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park is a tranquil place to relax and soak up some Florida sunshine. Maintained by the City of Tampa, this park sometimes hosts special events and gatherings that are free and open to the public. Featuring several benches and a playground for kid’s this is a great stop to take a break along the Riverwalk between destinations.

Heroes Plaza

(0.4 miles, about an 8 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Opened on September 11th, 2009, Heroes Plaza honors veterans, local police, firefighters, first responders, and all other emergency personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Tampa Bay History Center

(0.4 miles, about an 8 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

History buffs will love exploring the Tampa Bay History Center, located at stop #4 of the Tampa Riverwalk. Here you can learn about Tampa’s 12,000-year history, including information on the indigenous people who first lived here, the Spanish conquistadors, Ybor’s ‘cigar-city’ roots, railroad tycoons, and more. The Colombia Café is also located at the Tampa History Center, offering indoor and outdoor dining options to visitors.

Going North From the Tampa Convention Center

USF Park

(0.2 miles, about a 4 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk - USF Park


USF Park pays homage to the many contributes the University of South Florida has made to the city of Tampa. The park features shaded benches where visitors can take a break and relax.

MacDill Park

(0.3 miles, about a 6 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk - MacDill Park

Named after the MacDill Airforce Base in Tampa, this park pays homage to the base’s history and its first aircrafts through various monuments. This park also featured shaded benches where visitors can stop to admire the beautiful city views and waterfront. Coast Bikes are also available for rent at this stop.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

(0.6 miles, about 13 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk - MacDill Park

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is the premier event park in downtown, and often hosts various festivals, activities, and special events. As a center for activity in Tampa’s downtown Curtis Hixon is one of the top waypoints along the Riverwalk. This park features two splash zones for children, a state-of-the-art children’s playground, and a dog park.

In addition, several of the top arts & culture venues in Tampa’s downtown, including the Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Museum of Photographic Art, and the Glazer Children’s Museum, border this park.

Tampa Museum of Art

(0.7 miles, about a 14 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Art lovers will enjoy a visit to the Tampa Museum of Art, conveniently located at the Tampa Riverwalk at stop #27. This 66,000 square foot building, houses a combination of modern and classical works from both local and traveling collections.

Glazer Children’s Museum

(0.7 miles, about a 15 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Next door to the Tampa Museum of Art, is the Glazer Children’s Museum. This family-friendly museum offers a variety of fun activities and educational exhibits for children to explore while they learn and play.

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

(0.7 miles, about a 15 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

On the other side of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, across from the Glazer Children’s Museum, is the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. Housed in the distinctive cube building, this museum highlights local and international photographers through its exhibits.

David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

(1.0 mile, about a 20 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Commonly referred to as The Straz, this top-ranking performing arts facility is located at stop #31 along the Tampa Riverwalk. The Straz plays host everything from theatre performances to Broadway shows, musicals, orchestra concerts, symphonies, dance performances and more.

Water Works Park/Ulele

(1.7 miles, about a 35 minute walk)

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

On the north end of the Tampa Riverwalk, visitors will find Waterworks Park/Ulele Springs. This primer event park features a playground, splash zones for kids, a dog park, and stage pavilion. From this park, visitors can cross the Ulele Spring bridge to the Ulele Restaurant for fine dining.

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The Riverwalk at night

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

At night, the Tampa Riverwalk transforms into a light spectacle featuring illuminated arches and bridges. Visitors can take an evening stroll and watch the Riverwalk reflect different colors onto the water

Historical Monuments

All along the Riverwalk, visitors can learn about Tampa’s history through the historical monument trail. These statues represent iconic figures from the city’s history, including Florida’s indigenous people, the mound-builders, which can be seen at Cotanchobee Park, and a monument to Henry B. Plant, a railroad tycoon who first opened the Tampa Bay Hotel (now the University of Tampa), which can be seen at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Beautiful City Views

Last but not least, the Tampa Riverwalk is a great avenue to connect visitors to downtown attractions, but it is also an attraction in itself with its beautiful architecture and stunning views of the city. As you explore the Tampa Riverwalk, make sure to keep an eye out for these stunning views.

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

Tampa Riverwalk

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