Situated on Florida’s largest open-water estuary and stabbed through by rivers of various sizes, Tampa counts its blessings when it comes to “liquid assets.” A boon for outdoor recreationists, Tampa’s many waterfronts pose endless, year-round opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, boating and much more.
From Tampa’s bayfront beaches at E.G. Simmons Park and Picnic Island Park, to the nearby award winning Gulf of Mexico beaches, Tampa is a boater’s delight with options ranging from fishing to extreme sports. Fish from one of the piers at either park, or hire a fishing charter to take you to the sweet spots near shore and in deep water.
Or, for a true “Discovery Channel” experience, book an excursion into the backwater rivers of Tampa’s outskirts. For a more relaxing introduction to Tampa’s waterway wilderness, hop aboard Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo River Odyssey Ecotour to look for manatees, hawks, herons and more on the Hillsborough River.
If it’s dolphins you’re searching for, then The Florida Aquarium Wild Dolphin Ecotour is just the thing as it heads out into Tampa Bay, home to more than 400 bottlenose dolphins. Other beach water sports such as windsurfing, sea kayaking and snorkeling also provide engaging ways for you to get into Tampa’s water world.
When you are done exploring Tampa’s waterways, dock your boat at one of the many area waterfront restaurants and lounges to relax and watch the sunset over Tampa Bay. Whether indulging in a cocktail or one of the many delectable delights, the options of what to enjoy are limitless.
For more information about boating, sailing, fishing and other opportunities in Tampa, go to VisitTampaBay.com.
Information and Photo provided by Travis Claytor, Tampa Bay & Company