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Tampa Neighborhood Spotlight: Channelside

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For our next neighborhood spotlight post, we’re excited to focus on Channelside, a vibrant district located in downtown Tampa along the waterfront. Thanks to a variety of restaurants, shops, and attractions, this area of town offers something for everyone.

To start, let’s look at five fun things to do in Channelside.

1. The Florida Aquarium

This world-class aquarium (pictured above) is home to various aquatic life and interactive exhibits. Take in the beauty of the coral reefs, touch the stingrays, and get up close and personal with sharks in the underwater tunnel. Located in the heart of the Channelside District, it’s the perfect way to start your day.

2. Sparkman Wharf

Next, head to Sparkman Wharf, a trendy outdoor spot with delicious dining options, live entertainment, and gorgeous views of the waterfront. The food hall offers visitors a range of choices — from seafood to gourmet tacos and international dishes. 

3. American Victory Ship and Museum

If you’re a history buff, you can’t miss the American Victory Ship and Museum, a floating museum that takes guests back in time. On this fully-restored World War II cargo ship, visitors can explore the corridors, crew cabins, and cargo holds. Learn about the lives of the men and women who sailed on her as well as the ship’s role in historical military conflicts. 

4. Riverwalk and Water Taxi 

Visitors can stroll along this waterfront promenade for 2.4 miles and take in the views of the Hillsborough River and Tampa’s skyline. You can also hop aboard a water taxi, which takes you along the river to Curtis Hixon Park, Armature Words, Sparkman Wharf, and more. 

5. Ybor City

Jump on the streetcar (also pictured above) and hitch a free ride to Ybor City, a nearby neighborhood in Tampa that was once the cigar capital of the world. Learn more about this location’s unique history at Ybor City Museum State Park or take a walking tour to experience the area’s architecture. In the evening, Ybor City offers a fun nightlife experience with memorable restaurants, live music, and dancing. 

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, don’t miss Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park in Channelside!

The waterfront park, located along the Garrison Channel, stretches more than four acres. Guests (and their furry friends!) can explore the pier, jogging path, playground and splash pad, and canoe launch. Enjoy a moment of silence at Heroes Plaza, which honors veterans and local first responders. The green space hosts a variety of events all year long, including the Tampa Riverwalk Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and the Mayor’s River O’Green Festival. 

Named after a Native American chief who lived in the area before European settlers arrived, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park now offers a peaceful and serene environment in the midst of a bustling city. The park was also the site of a military fort that played an important role in the Seminole Indian Wars of the 19th century. Given its location, the park is now home to a memorial to the Seminole Indian Wars.

Finally, the park is home to the Tampa Bay History Center, an interactive museum that highlights the city’s past. From the indigenous people who first lived on the land to the pioneers who developed the city, read about Tampa’s maritime history and the influence of the city’s Cuban immigrants, including their cigar-making efforts. 

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