The World’s Longest Sidewalk: Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa is most known its’ top notch tourist attractions including Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, and The Florida Aquarium. In addition to these well known entertainment options, the Tampa Bay area is home to several popular sports teams: the Tampa Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Tampa Bay Lighting. Aside from culture, entertainment, and sports, Tampa is also home to many beautiful recreational areas, including beautiful parks, gardens, and biking paths.
Did you know that Tampa is home to the world’s largest continuous sidewalk? Starting in downtown Tampa and passing through the beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa, this 9 mile round trip ride provides a perfect picturesque setting for a Saturday morning ride.
Near the start of the trail, you will pass the Gasparilla pirate boat (each year Tampa hosts the Gasparilla Pirate Festival).
Along the path, you will pass many beautiful sights including the Tampa skyline.
Although unshaded, pretty palm trees line the path, giving you a nice summery Florida feel. Beautiful views of the Hillsborough Bay on one side and historic waterfront mansions on the other provide an attractive setting.
For those looking for a more intense workout, you can check out the various fitness stations located along the trail. Test out your strength on the pull up bars or give your abs a workout on the sit up bench.
Biking or walking Bayshore Blvd. is one of the best ways to take in all that Tampa has to offer. Here, you can experience everything from grand views of the skyline to gorgeous views of the bay to possible dolphin and manatee sightings!
A beautiful urban path with a surprisingly low amount of traffic, even on a weekend morning/afternoon. Escape the hefty beach crowds and enjoy a leisurely ride or walk with great views.
Whether you are a tourist or local, be sure to check out this wonderful path. Grab your bike, skates, or running shoes and enjoy a sunny day in Tampa. It’s fun. It’s free. It’s beautiful. And, it’s a scenic, invigorating workout! What better way to start you weekend?!
For those needing a break, there are various benches scattered about to relax and enjoy the view before continuing on the path.
Bayshore Blvd. begins at 312 Bayshore Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606. There is a parking lot with the Gasparilla pirate boat in front of it. Meters run 50 cents per hour and are in effect weekdays until 6:00pm. Weekend parking in downtown Tampa is free!
*Bring with a reusable water bottle. There are fountains located throughout the path to refill it up. You will need it, especially for hot summer rides!
*Plan your ride for a weekend morning. Crowd levels will be low and parking will be free! As an added bonus, the temperatures will be a little bit cooler.
*Make sure your bike is properly tuned before heading out.
*If running or walking, bring with a GPS watch so you can plan how far you want to go and when you want to turn around (unless you plan on completing the full 9 miles there and back).
*Bring with a camera to take some great pictures of the Tampa skyline!