Downtown Tampa is situated bounding the Hillsborough River to the west, and to the east is Channelside while to the north is Interstate 275 and to the south is Davis Islands and Harbour Island. Found at the southern end, near the mouth of the Hillsborough River is Downtown Tampa’s historical Fort Brooke. Lots of TECO Streetcars take passengers towards main areas of Tampa from downtown.
Downtown Tampa is located centrally for easy access to major roads and highways, shopping districts, restaurants, schools and other business centers. Though close to water, it offers more of a feel of the city rather than in South Tampa. This district is full of high rise buildings and condos with top of the line amenities such as pools, fitness centers, best views of skyline and water, concierges, and security. read more…
The district does not offer much nightlife like South Tampa but for entertainment, there is The Tampa Theatre, Glazer Children’s Museum, The Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Bay History Center and the Curtis Hixon Park which is all recently established to anchor various events along the River Walk. These are all nice places for fun and are just within walking distance to residential areas. There is scarcity in shopping ventures but discover Westshore Plaza and International Plaza for famous dining venues and posh shopping for all types of items. These plazas are just a few minutes distance from the downtown area.
Years ago, lunch was only served by a few restaurants in downtown but with the establishment of new condos and hotels, the town became one of the best dining spots in Tampa. Miseen Place has been noted as one of the finest restaurants in town which can be found across the river from the museums as well as the popular Columbia Restaurant offering a café in the Tampa Bay History Center. For stunning views of the skyline and the river, discover Fly Bar’s rooftop bar in the middle of the museum area. South of downtown is where Four Green Fields is situated considered as the most genuine Irish pub in town. For great DJs, unique booze there is Jackson’s where you can party in a waterfront ambiance.
Most tourists stay at The Marriott Waterside, which is the biggest hotel in Tampa located between the convention center and the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Another place to check in is the Sheraton Riverwalk which is wonderfully situated near the river in the middle of the prime corporate buildings. It is famous for its brilliant restaurant for fine dining.