Since completion of the reconstructed Tampa Riverwalk in 2016, this stretch of walkway along the Hillsborough River and Garrison Channel has quietly become a hotspot for activities in the Downtown Tampa area. With a growing list of waterfront dining options, three museums, a steady stream of outdoor festivals, and a growing list of water activities, it’s easy to plan the perfect Tampa Riverwalk date night.
Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a more active itinerary, the Tampa Riverwalk has something to fit every style.
Explore on Wheels
With multiple Coast Bike Share rental kiosks along the Riverwalk, it’s easy to explore along the paved walkway on two wheels. This is a fun, active option to see Tampa from a whole new point of view. It’s also super affordable at just $8 per hour.
(And for a more active couples activity, try an out of the ordinary yoga date adventure!)
If you prefer to exert a little less energy, join a Magic Carpet Glide Segway tour along the Riverwalk. With sunset and night time tour options, this is a great way to experience the ambiance of downtown Tampa with your love.
The Downtowner is a completely FREE on demand ride service in an electric low-speed vehicle. Request a ride on the app and they will take you where you need to go. It’s a great budget friendly option to get from one point along the Riverwalk to another.
Festivals and Events
Festivals and special events have become a mainstay along the Tampa Riverwalk with most of the festivals happening at Curtis Hixon Park. Check out the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar to get the latest on what’s happening when you are planning for your night out.
There are monthly events like Downtown Tampa Fourth Friday, food truck rallies, and fun events like the Margarita Festival and the Mayor’s Mac n Cheese Throwdown. Even if there isn’t a festival happening, Curtis Hixon Park is worth a stop along the Riverwalk.
Rent an eBoat to explore the downtown waterways. There are multiple restaurants where docking is permitted and no boating license is required. Be your own captain or hire a captain for a more luxury experience. Night time hours end at 10pm.
Hop on and off the Pirate Water Taxi at various stops along the Riverwalk while taking in scenic views of the waterfront, including stops at Channelside for shopping, Harbor Island, and Davis Island’s restaurant row.
The Tampa Bay Waterbike Co. offers a unique experience to pedal your way down the river on waterbike or in a biyak. While you can’t ride at night, they do offer early evening rides as late as 6pm.
Where to Eat & Drink
1810 N. Highland Ave. Tampa, 33602
Ulele is a great choice for indoor or waterfront dining with an eclectic menu of native inspired dishes. The chargrilled oysters are some of the best you will find in the entire state of Florida.
Sono Café at Tampa Museum of Art
120 W Gasparilla Plaza Tampa, FL 33602
Sonos Café is accessible through an admission free entrance. The views from the Sonos Terrace overlooking the Riverwalk are worth the visit. This unique dining choice also frequently features menu items to highlight the current exhibits at the Museum.
(Want to more than just eat and drink? Try your hand at a date night cooking class!)
333 S. Franklin Street Tampa FL 33602
The Sail is right on the Riverwalk behind the Tampa Convention center providing fantastic views of the water. This 360 degree waterfront bar is the ideal spot to have a cocktail or a glass of wine and a bite to eat while enjoying the night time vibes of the city.
Feature image credit: City of Tampa
About the Author
Lauren Gay is a local travel blogger, photographer, and foodie with a passion for adventure, all things water, and glamping. Find her online on her blog Misadventures of an Outdoorsy Diva and Outdoorsy Diva on Instagram.