For this Florida day trip you don’t have to do much walking or traveling. Riverwalk is a couple-mile-long walkway along the Hillsborough River. However, our day trip covers just a small portion of the river.
Spend a day doing three things. Start at the Florida Aquarium and then walk about a quarter mile down Water Street to The Tampa Bay History Center. Both places are well worth the visit offering each person a unique experience. The Florida Aquarium is at least a half day of viewing one of the nation’s best aquarium exhibits.
The Tampa Bay History Center features the long history of the bay area. Tampa’s Cuban influence is highlighted along with Tampa’s waterways. Nextdoor to the History Center is a Columbia Restaurant location offering Spanish food.
After the aquarium and History Center, take a ride on the Pirate Water Taxi which is on the Riverwalk adjoining the History center. Tell the taxi captain you want to go to Rick’s on the River for lunch. The oysters are exceptional! If you prefer other water sports, there are boat rentals along Riverwalk.
Tampa has many historical possibilities like Ybor City, a few blocks from Riverwalk and the downtown scene offers plenty of shopping. Just across the bridge at Water Street are two good restaurants – Jackson’s and American Social. If you are inclined to spend the night, the Marriott at the foot of the bridge to Harbour Island is excellent.
Tampa Riverwalk is about an hour’s day trip from Orlando and about a two-hour day trip from Ft. Myers, Florida.