Although the calendar says that the first day of Fall was September 22nd, the temperatures in Florida tell a different story. No scarves are being warn in Tampa! Daisy dukes and flip flops year round. So since you’re not able to throw on your coat and take a walk, here’s what you can do on a Saturday in Downtown Tampa with your significant other, family or even by yourself when all of the above are pissing you off. If you stick around until sunset you’ll get to experience the Riverwalk nightlife and lights. Check out the pic above for a sneak peak!
First let’s start off with a stroll around the Tampa Museum of Art— If you’re a student you get in for FREE! I know how all of you college kids are looking for ways to flash that ID to get you into movies and such. Get some culture in your life and experience the exhibits that take you from ancient artifact to contemporary art and larger than life sculptures. Once you grab a spot in the parking garage next door, walk to the spouting water that children are usually screaming and running through and you’re there! To the right is a photo of the Human Landscape sculpture by Jaume Plensa.
After you get some art in, it’s time for lunch! Head across the street to Anise Global Gastrobar. A little upscale but extremely reasonably priced. Jake and I went there for their monthly art show “Wine and Rhyme” where local artists and enthusiasts gather to perform and support creativity. While Jake was showing his work and talking to fellow artists I took it upon myself to order one of everything on the menu. First sticky bunz, then a thai noodle bowl followed by two large french presses to keep us awake until the event ended at 1am. Pictures below of the carnage. Indoor, as well as outdoor seating is available!
Now that you have eaten your weight in sticky bunz — it’s time to RIDE! All around the Downtown Tampa area there are little bike rentals for the public to utilize! Why be stuck in traffic when you can petal around and getting some fresh air and burn off that 1,000 calorie meal? Once you pay your few bucks to get some wheels, head down to the Riverwalk and ride along the water. Make it a romantic date, a family journey or a relaxing cruise to clear your mind. There is a rental location right outside of the Tampa Museum of Art that is literally on the Riverwalk!