Feb 4, 2017 — Living on the other side of the Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, the trails to the Skyway, Clam Bayou, downtown, and St. Pete Beach are readily accessible to me. But I often sneak away to go Over the Bridge or OTB into downtown Tampa to walk Harbor Island, Davis Island and Channelside. I especially enjoy seeing the cruise ships in port. Last year, Tampa Riverwalk opened. This was my first experience and certainly not my last!

The 2.4 mile trail winds along the Hillsborough River and wraps around the Tampa Convention Center to Channelside. View the MAP.

The Tampa Riverwalk has ample shade, benches, and parks. Plus you get to walk under several bridges. We passed several stops for the water taxi, which are numbered. The Riverwalk passes the Tampa Convention Center, and a chance to see the pirate ship, Jose Gasparilla. The Convention Center Park offers shaded outdoor seating, eateries, boat rides, and water taxi..

For today's experience, I grabbed my CondoSeniors and parked downtown. We entered at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and headed south.

By the way, the restrooms at Curtis Hixon Park were very clean. My CondoSeniors gave them a "Canes Up".

The Tampa Museum of Art and Glazer Children's Museum are across the lawn.

Across the river is the former grand Tampa Bay Hotel owned by railway magnate Henry Plant and is a part of the University of Tampa. The former hotel now hosts the Henry B Plant Museum.

The distinctive moorish-style architecture rises above the tree line.

The Tampa Riverwalk has ample signage and maps.

You get to walk under several bridges.

Mile markers remind you how far you have walked.

The Tampa Riverwalk is wide and accommodates walkers, runners, and bikers. Be mindful of the flow and listen for the bells the bikers use.

Shade is provided by both trees and canvas canopies.

Sheraton is a Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

The rowing crews from the University of Tampa and their opponents have a long standing tradition to paint the Hillsborough River's concrete wall.

Look across the river for the crew art.

On the left is WFLA. On the right is the Sykes Building.

Parts of the Tampa Riverwalk are tree-lined.

MacDill Park.

Bike share at MacDill Park.

USF Park.

Pirate Ship, Jose Gasparilla.

Tampa Convention Center Park.

Instead of following the Riverwalk to the Cotanchobee Ft. Brooke Park, we crossed the bridge to Harbor Island.

The bridge offers great vista views of the Tampa Riverwalk.

Stopped at The Westin Tampa Harbor Island to enjoy more of the vista views.

Took the steps down to the Harbor Walk. This goes around part of Harbor Island and offers great views. On the left is Davis Island, where Tampa General Hospital is located.

Harbor Island also offers views of Amelia Area and the cruise ships docked at Channelside. On the Harbor Walk, there are several eateries where you can stop and refresh. We took the far bridge over to Channelside.

At Channelside, we caught the Trolley to Ybor City. The Trolley was packed with the two cruise ships in port. On the way back we continued past this stop to the last downtown stop, where we only had a two block walk to the car.

Stay tuned for the Ybor City story! I will link the story here. You an also follow updates on Twitter, @5wa.

Next time we hike the Riverwalk, we will head north to the northern point, backtrack to Cotanchobee Ft. Brooke Park, and then Channelside.

Enjoy more stories and images of what I get to enjoy everyday!

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