The World’s Longest Continuous Sidewalk: Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa is most known its’ top notch tourist attractions including Busch Gardens, Zoo Tampa, 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, the city 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 historic Hyde Park neighborhood, this 9 mile round trip ride provides the most picturesque setting for a weekend morning ride, run, or skate.
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 all year-round. Of course, it is best to save this ride for the fall/winter season as there is zero shade. Beautiful views of the Hillsborough Bay on one side and historic waterfront mansions on the other provide a most attractive setting. It’s so much more motivating to workout on the weekends in company of gorgeous scenery.
For those looking to get in a more intense workout, you can work up a sweat on the fitness stations. Test out your strength on the pull up bars or give your abs a workout on the sit up bench.
The most beautiful place in Tampa for a workout
Biking or walking Bayshore Blvd. is one of the best ways to take in all that Tampa has to offer. On this fabulous trail, you can experience everything from grand views of the skyline to gorgeous views of the bay to possible dolphin and manatee sightings!
Bayshore Blvd. is a beautiful urban path which sees a surprisingly low amount of traffic, even on weekend morning/afternoons. Escape the hefty beach crowds and enjoy a leisurely ride or walk in company of 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 day of exercise and fun-in-the-sun in Tampa. It’s fun. It’s free. And, most importantly, it’s beautiful. And even better, 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 near the Gasparilla pirate boat. Meters are in effect weekdays until 6:00pm. Weekend parking in downtown Tampa is free!
Tips for a great workout
*Bring with a reusable water bottle. There are fountains located throughout the path to refill it up. You will need it, especially on hot spring and summer days! A camelbak also works.
*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. I recommend getting out here by 7-8 am.
*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).
*Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and manatees early in the morning!
*Fuel up at a local coffeehouse prior to your ride. Buddy Brew in Hyde Park Village serves great coffee and offers a few pastries and delicious biscuits!