Summer is always an exciting time, no matter who you are. Whether you’re celebrating that school is out or the fact that the sun is out, Tampa, Florida is the perfect place to spend this sunshine-filled season.
If you’re looking to spend the summer months with your children or grandchildren who are visiting on vacation, or just looking for an activity that won’t break the bank, here are the Top 5 Free Things to Do in Tampa.
Tampa River Walk
The Tampa Riverwalk is one of the most exciting places to visit in South Tampa. Located directly on the inner channels of Hillsborough Bay, visitors will enjoy waterfront entertainment within a downtown setting.
At just about any time of the day, you will find lots of walkers, bikers or those people with strollers along the Riverwalk underneath the shade awnings and colorful lights. The Riverwalk also hosts many free events such as boat parades, children’s activities, live music, and other programs throughout the year.
A trip to the Sunshine State wouldn’t be complete without heading to one of the beaches around Tampa, Florida. Spending the day at the beach is the perfect way to spend summer break without breaking the bank, and in South Tampa, there are plenty of sandy shores to enjoy.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy beaches such as Ben T. Davis Beach, Cypress Point Park, Picnic Island, and many more to soak up the summer sun. Pack a lunch, bring some beach games, and enjoy a day with friends, family, and even pets at the scenic beaches around the Tampa area.
Ballast Point Park and Pier
Located on the east coast of South Tampa, Ballast Point Park and Pier is a Tampa favorite as many make this a weekly summer destination. Ballast Point Park features a 600-foot pier with seating areas, shade pavilions, and marked fishing locations for everyone to enjoy. The park also is designed with a splash pad and playground for children, shaded picnic areas, a boat ramp and more.
If you’re looking to spend a day at the park, visit Ballast Point and enjoy skyline views of Downtown Tampa and waterfront breezes from the Hillsborough Bay.
For those looking for a place to get a free outdoor workout, Bayshore Boulevard is one of the best places to do so. Bayshore Boulevard is known as the longest continuous sidewalk in the U.S. and is designed as a safe, scenic, and smooth biking and running trail along the Hillsborough Bay.
Whether you want to take a 4.5-mile bike ride along Bayshore Boulevard or enjoy a couple of miles of waterfront running, this area is the perfect place to enjoy a summer afternoon. Many people love walking their dogs or pushing a stroller along the sidewalk and eventually end their adventure at one of the many restaurants or coffee shops nearby.
Live at Altura Bayshore
For those looking to enjoy the summer, and every other season in South Tampa, do so at the area’s newest luxury high-rise – Altura Bayshore.
Altura Bayshore is the new residential high-rise located steps away from Bayshore Boulevard and is just a short drive away from all the previously mentioned activities.
The fun doesn’t stop there, Altura Bayshore is located near award-winning restaurants, designer shopping venues, and exciting night-life spots so all residents, no matter their age, will love their new home.
The luxury high-rise is designed with 67 residences and 6 penthouses for a South Tampa lifestyle that is second-to-none. Ranging from 2,403 to 3,848 square feet, owners will enjoy generously spaced, open concept living areas with breathtaking high-rise views.
For those who are wanting to spend their summer vacation at home, Altura is designed with amenities that bring resort-style living to an entirely new level.
That new level starts on the private rooftop amenity deck on the 24th floor. The amenity deck is equipped with a large pool complete with lap lanes and a sun shelf, trellis-covered spa, private shade cabanas, covered bar area with BBQ grills, private clubroom and more.
On the 4th floor, residents will be able to enjoy pickleball courts, a putting green, a half-court for basketball, a dog park and a plethora of other opportunities to make the most of their day, week, or summer vacation.