Riverwalk at NightWhen it comes to family fun in Tampa, everyone’s first thought is the Tampa Riverwalk. This is the place that has all of the best Tampa attractions that anyone would love. You’ve got the Florida Aquarium for those family members that love animals, the Channelside Bay Plaza if you’re in the mood to shop, and the Tampa Museum of Art if you need a little culture in your life.

There are also plenty of options for getting on the water through the different ship and yacht companies. You’ll find it easy to enjoy the natural beauty of Tampa with area parks and the incredible views. When it comes to the Tampa Riverwalk, there are plenty of opportunities for the whole family to have some fun. Take a look at the best activities that are available to enjoy here.

Things to do

There are a ton of exciting attractions to enjoy at the Tampa Riverwalk. There are so many ways for the family to have fun together doing things like seeing the aquatic plants and animals at the Florida Aquarium, enjoying the entertainment, retail, and dining at Channelside Bay Plaza while watching the luxury cruise ships leave the Port of Tampa, riding in the water aboard ships like the Yacht StarShip, and checking out a performance or sports night at the Amalie Arena, home to the Stanley Cup winners Tampa Bay Lightning.

You’ll find outdoor fun at the Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, a piece of local history at the Tampa Bay History Center, a place to walk your dog at the Sall Pavilion, or a chance to experience local culture at the Tampa Museum of Art or Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. The kids will also love a visit to the Glazer Children’s Museum, a visit to the John F. Germany Public Library, and a chance to try the high-tech playground at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park.


For those shopaholics, you’ll love a visit to the shops around the Tampa Riverwalk. Start at the Channelside Bay Plaza where you’ll find multiple options such as Quachbal’s Chocolatier, Lit Premium Cigar Lounge, Del Sol Apparel, and Surf Downunder.

You’ll also find that the various attractions in the area make shopping fun and unique with exciting knick-knacks at the Florida Aquarium Gift Shop, home décor and books at the Tampa Bay History Center Museum Store, unique photography at the Florida Museum of Photographic Art Museum Store, and educational toys at the Glazer Children’s Museum Shop. You’ll find some of the most unique gifts and keepsakes for your family all over the Riverwalk.

Grab something to eat

Glazer Childrens MuseumAfter all that shopping, you’ll want to grab a delicious dinner around the Riverwalk. Check out dining options at area attractions like Caribbean Cantina in the Florida Aquarium, Subway at the Glazer Children’s Museum, Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center, Sono Café at the Tampa Museum of Art, and Maestro’s Restaurant at Straz Performing Arts Center.

You’ll find great options at throughout the Riverwalk such as the Ashley Street Grille at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel, Malio’s Prime Steakhouse in the Rivergate Tower, the Sail Pavilion at the Tampa Convention Center, or Il Terrazzo at the Mariott Waterside Hotel. Check out the Channelside Bay Plaza for everything from pizza to wings, Thai to hibachi, and much more.

When it comes to having some fun with the family in Tampa, there is no better way than a visit to the Tampa Riverwalk. The Riverwalk has everything you could need from kid-friendly dining to family-friendly outdoor experiences, exciting attractions, and event something that mom and dad will enjoy. Check out some of these most popular family spots at the Tampa Riverwalk.

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