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10+ Best Restaurants and Things To Do Along the Tampa Riverwalk

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The Tampa Riverwalk is a popular attraction here in the Tampa Bay. With gorgeous views in the daytime and colorful LED lighting at night, this is a beautiful spot for working out or for a romantic stroll.

Want to check out some of the best things to do along the Tampa Riverwalk or restaurants  to escape the heat or grab a drink? Keep scrolling for a list of the best spots to visit and things to do along the Tampa Riverwalk in downtown Tampa!

Sparkman Wharf

Sparkman Wharf is an all-outdoor food hall, located in Channelside, along the Tampa Riverwalk. Featuring a huge beer garden and many different food venues, Sparkman Wharf is the perfect spot to hang out with friends and one of the best things to do along the Tampa Riverwalk. Don’t forget to snap a photo by the Tampa sign!

For a complete list of places to visit at Sparkman Wharf, check out 10+ Best Things to Do at Sparkman Wharf.

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM–9PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 615 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

The Sail is a fun stop on the Tampa Riverwalk, located near the Tampa Convention Center.  The Sail has tables set all around their central bar and restaurant, so you get a view of the scenery from every seat in the house.

Whether you’re looking for a spot to grab an ice cold drink while exploring the Riverwalk or a bite to eat before hopping on one of the many rental boats docked near by, this is the spot!

Pro-tip: every hour is “yappy hour” at Sail! Treat your four-legged friend to a pup cup.

Sunday-Thursday| 11AM–7PM

Friday-Saturday | 11AM-1AM

📍 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

Curtis Hixon Park

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an 8-acre park in the heart of downtown Tampa.  In the daytime, you can stop by from your Tampa Riverwalk stroll for some yoga in the park or for a nightly lights show.

There are also a couple interactive fountains and misting stations for you to cool off in.  Check out UNATION for different events like Gasparilla Music Festival and Winter Village!

Sunday-Saturday | 7AM-10PM

📍  600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Located just stepped off of the Tampa Riverwalk, Anchor and Brine is ideal for brunch or dinner. Enjoy fresh seafood, sandwiches, and craft cocktails with a waterfront view!

While the inside is beautiful, the outdoor terrace and view can’t be passed up!

📍 505 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Straz Performing Arts Center

Located on the Tampa Riverwalk, the Straz Performing Arts Center is the place in downtown Tampa to see a musical or play. If you don’t have tickets, feel free to take a stroll through and grab a coffee at the Straz Coffee shop – serving Buddy Brew Coffee!

Head to UNATION to see upcoming shows and grab your tickets before they sell out!

Ticket Office – Monday-Friday | 11AM-6PM

Arts Center hours vary by showtimes, check out their website for more details!

📍 1010 N Macinnes Pl, Tampa, FL 33602

Armature Works is a food hall, located along the Tampa Riverwalk. Their outdoor seating connects directly to the Riverwalk, with lawn chairs overlooking the river. There are also some big picnic tables perfect for groups of friends!

On the lawn, there are a couple bar stations and popsicle carts where you can cool off from the Florida sun. Armature Works is definitely one fo the top things to do along the Tampa Riverwalk! 

To see a complete list of restaurants at Armature Works, visit 15+ Restaurants at Armature Works You Have to Try.

Sunday | 9AM–9PM
Monday-Thursday | 7:30AM–10PM
Friday | 7:30AM–12AM
Saturday | 8AM–12AM

📍 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

The Columbia Cafe, a branch of the oldest restaurant in Florida, is located along the Tampa Riverwalk at Tampa History Museum. The beautiful patio is reminiscent of Cuban decor, mixed with a modern Florida aesthetic. The large patio is perfect to grab lunch or dinner before going on a walk with friends. 

The iconic 1905 Salad and Cuban Sandwich are a must-order!

Pro-tip: enjoy live music from Al “Coffee” McDaniel on Fridays and Saturdays from 6PM-9PM!

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM-9PM

Friday-Saturday | 11AM-10PM

📍801 Water St #1905, Tampa, FL 33602

Located across from the Tampa Riverwalk and the Straz Center, Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park is 25-acres of waterfront views and event space. This park is perfect for a picnic when the weather is nice. Bring the kiddos, including the four-legged ones, because this park has two dog parks, a playground, and a splash pad.

Be sure to snap a photo of this iconic statue located along the Hillsborough River!

Daily 7AM-10PM

📍 1001 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606

With some of the best views of the Tampa Riverwalk, the Remedy is the perfect spot to grab a drink or bite to eat. This patio area has both open-air and covered seating, ideal for watching the sunset or enjoying an afternoon cocktail.

Cheers to a beautiful day in Tampa Bay with a Riverwalk Mule – made with vodka, pineapple, and passionfruit!

Monday-Thursday | Closed
Friday | 5PM-12AM
Saturday | 3PM-12AM
Sunday | 3PM-10PM

📍 400 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Ulele is a popular restaurant, located near Tampa Riverwalk and Armature Works. This spot is inspired by Native Floridian flavors and ingredients. Their menu is full of amazing options – we recommend the Corn Beer Muffins and Native Chili as an appetizer, which has alligator, wild boar, venison, and duck!

Reservations are encouraged and be sure to ask to sit outside, if the weather is nice, or if you prefer to sit inside, ask to sit on the second floor.

Sunday-Thursday | 11AM–10PM

Friday-Saturday | 11AM-11PM

📍 1810 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Tampa Bay History Center

Tampa Bay History Center is a great place to visit and escape the heat while on the Tampa Riverwalk.  With interesting permanent galleries and changing exhibits, there is always something new to explore!  If you haven’t been on a history tour, we recommend visiting the museum – even if you are a long time Tampa resident. The Tampa Bay History Center is one of the must do things to do along the Tampa Riverwalk.

Sunday-Saturday | 10AM-5PM

📍 801 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Along the Tampa Riverwalk and a next door neighbor to Armature Works is the delicious Stones Throw.  This outdoor patio area has both open-air and covered seating, perfect for watching the sunset or winding down for the weekend.  Stones Throw has a delicious seafood and the yummiest cocktails. 

Pro tip: visit on a Tuesday for all day Taco Tuesday specials, including $5 tap cocktails and $3 tacos.

Monday-Thursday | 11AM-11PM
Friday-Saturday | 11AM-1AM
Sunday | 11AM-10PM

📍 304 W 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Hop on a Boat

What better way to see and enjoy the city sights of  downtown Tampa than by water? The Tampa Riverwalk is home to the Pirate Water Taxi, the Lost Pearl, and Yacht Starship and more! This wide variety of boating options truly has something for everyone from family-friendly to date night to water activities! 

Visit UNATION for the Best Things to Do in Downtown Tampa: Water Edition!

One of Tampa’s beloved museums, the Tampa Museum of Art, is located next to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park right off of the Tampa Riverwalk. For over 100 years, this museum has been collecting and preserving iconic works of art. The museum hosts rotating exhibits too, so there’s always something new to see.

Pro tip: if you’re a college student, bring your student ID for free admission! Not a student? Visit on a Thursday between 4PM-8PM for Art on the House and enjoy pay-as-you-will admission.

Monday-Sunday | 10AM-5PM
Thursday| 10AM-we 8PM

📍 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL 33602

Best Things to do Along the Tampa Riverwalk

Excited about exploring the best things to do along the Tampa Riverwalk? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

Stefanie Font

Stefanie Font

Stefanie is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on InstagramFacebook, and YouTube.

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