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Water Activities in Downtown Tampa to Beat the Heat

  • April 28, 2022
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The best way to appreciate Downtown Tampa is from the water! We’ve cruised it in all forms possible, and this one is superior to beat the heat. During the day, enjoy the breeze and scenic views as you travel along the rivers, see the beautiful landscapes, buildings, and above all, the people! At night, see Downtown Tampa illuminated under the stars and the lights of the town for a magical vibe.

Day or night, you’re in for a beautiful and fun experience! Keep reading and book your visit to enjoy one of the water activities in Downtown Tampa.

water activities in Downtown Tampa
📷 Pirate Water Taxi - Facebook

Enjoy a Ride on the Pirate Water Taxi

Hop on our famous Pirate water taxi and enjoy the ride! Hop off in any of the 14 stops or ride along until the end. Fall in love with the Channelside District, Tampa’s Riverwalk, Davis Island, and the Harbour Islands! Make a day plan where you can hop off at a stop that’s close to something you want to visit, like a museum, a restaurant, or attraction. All of the stops have those around!

Hours and Location

Monday | 11:30am-9:30pm
Tuesday | 11:30am-9:30pm
Wednesday | 11:30am-9:30pm
Thursday | 11:30am-9:30pm
Friday | 11:30am-10:30pm
Saturday | 11:30am-10:30pm
Sunday | 11:30am-9:30pm

📍 PWT7 – Convention Center/Marriott Waterside (Ticketbooth), Tampa, FL 33602

water activities in downtown tampa
📷 E-Boats Tampa - Facebook

Eco-friendly Ride with eBoats

A unique and fun experience! Enjoy some delicious food and drinks (bring your own) on the table the boat has, as you cruise across and beat the heat with water activities in Downtown Tampa. You can even drive the boat! No need of a license or anything, just focus on where you’re going, and you’ll be fine. It’s like driving a cart! This is a great way to spend your time with friends, or having an intimate day or evening with your partner.

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–10:00pm

📍333 S Franklin St Tampa, Florida, Estados Unidos 33602

Go on a Party Boat with Kraken Cycle Boats

Pedal your way down the river with your family and friends! don’t worry. It’s not a spin class, no need to pedal all the way! The boat has an engine. Have a blast with the staff! Play your own music, have a refreshing drink, and beat the heat with water activities in Downtown Tampa! You’ll be covered from any direct sun, too. Two hours of complete fun that pass by, and a great ride to get to Armature Works to continue the fun times.

Hours and Location

Monday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Tuesday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Wednesday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–5:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 11:00am–2:00pm

📍333 S Franklin St Tampa, FL 33602

beat the heat with water
📷 Tampa Bay SUP - Facebook

Rent Paddle Boards or Kayaks with Tampa Bay SUP and Urban Kai

Either you love paddle boarding or you’re terrified of it. We’ll let you decide! It’s an incredible experience, and everyone should try it at least once in their lives. Especially in Downtown Tampa. Enjoy the perfect Tampa Bay weather while you beat the heat with water activities in Downtown Tampa. Watch marine animals pass you by under your board, and enjoy the best views of the town! Learn SUP lessons, tours, yoga, and fitness classes as well.

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–6:00pm

📍 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

beat the heat with water
📷 Pirate Ship Tampa - Facebook

Be a Pirate for the Day with Tampa Pirate Ship's Lost Pearl

One of the most entertaining ways you can beat the heat in Downtown Tampa! Meet real pirates in the Lost Pearl, have some drinks, and hope to watch dolphins! Sometimes they like to say hi, but it isn’t a guarantee they’ll appear. Who knows what they’re up to at the time you’re on it, right? Maybe you’ll get to see our lovely manatees. There are many games to play in the boat, and is overall, a must-try experience.

Hours & Location (Temporarily closed)

Monday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–5:00pm
Friday |  9:00am–10:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–10:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–5:00pm

📍Tampa Convention Center 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602

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📷 Yacht Starship - Facebook

Go on a Cruise with Yacht Starship

We love the Yacht Starship! Especially if you have a loved one to share it with. It’s so romantic! Perfect for celebrating too! Enjoy unlimited drinks and watch the sunset as you ride on this sophisticated yacht. Eat from an incredible buffet. We can’t wait to try this one again! The music creates the perfect ambiance for an unforgettable time.

Hours & Location

Monday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–8:00pm

📍 603 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

water activities in Downtown Tampa
📷 Pirate Tiki - Facebook

Pirate Tiki

Bring your favorite drinks, snacks, and your favorite people to beat the heat with water! The staff brings coolers and ice for you. How nice is that? The captains are super friendly and incredibly accommodating. If you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the ride, they literally stop the boat for you! This is a great way to de-stress from the daily hassles and enjoy the beautiful views Downtown Tampa has to offer.

Hours & Location

Monday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Tuesday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Wednesday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Thursday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Friday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Saturday | 9:00am–9:00pm
Sunday | 9:00am–9:00pm

📍805 E. Bloomingdale Ave. Suite 776 Brandon, FL 33511

water activities in Downtown Tampa
📷 Riverwalk Boating Company - Facebook

Rent Mini Powerboats with Riverwalk Boating Co.

Be the captain of your very own two-person boat! Bring your dog with you, we’re sure they’d love to see the water, and everything around the ride with you! Make a reservation and set out to the great adventure that is Tampa’s waterways!

Hours and Location

Monday | 10:00am – Sunset
Tuesday | 10:00am – Sunset
Wednesday | 10:00am – Sunset
Thursday | 10:00am – Sunset
Friday | 10:00am – Sunset
Saturday | 10:00am – Sunset
Sunday | 10:00am – Sunset

📍 333 S. Franklin St., Boat Slip #16 Tampa, FL 3360

Water Activities in Downtown Tampa and More

Beat the heat with water activities in Downtown Tampa rivers! See our beautiful town from a different perspective, and enjoy the ride. Whatever way you choose to do this, don’t forget to tag us @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook. Ahoy!

Curated by

Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey Jackson

Aubrey is the author of the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. Aubrey lives in the sunshines state of Florida and is a self-proclaimed exp...