Top Tampa Attractions in the Channelside Area

The Channelside area hosts some of the most popular top Tampa attractions like the Florida Aquarium and Tampa Bay History Center and many exciting developments from two groundbreaking multi-billion projects, Water Street Tampa and Port Tampa Bay. 

There’s the waterfront destination Sparkman Wharf, which has replaced the Channelside Bay Plaza, and which offers an outdoor dining garden with ten experimental dining concepts, a crafted-beer bar, a one-acre waterfront event space overlooking the Garrison Channel, lofts for incubator businesses and retail spaces.

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As we mentioned above, here below are the top Tampa attractions in the Channelside area. All of these have been, and are still being, wonderfully reviewed on Google:

1. Florida Aquarium

Get up close to mostly Florida’s aquatic and terrestrial animals and ecosystems. The aquarium is a premium place to view wildlife, with its large simulated ecosystems, guest-friendly layout, 4-D theater, outdoor splash park, playground, food court, gift shop, all well-maintained and clean. There’s a bar where parents can relax while the kids play.
Florida Aquarium is in lists of Top Aquariums in the country, making it one of Tampa’s jewels.

Address: 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

2. Tampa Bay History Center

Enjoy three floors of interactive and entertaining exhibits and videos that can keep kids interested throughout. There’s the newly-launched Treasure Seekers gallery, where you encounter conquistadores, pirates and shipwrecks. Have lunch at The Columbia Cafe, buy souvenirs at the gift shop, or spend some time at the boardwalk. There’s also a playground and a biking area.

Address: 801 Old Water Street, Tampa, Florida

3. American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum

Welcome to a one of only 4 fully-operational World War II ships in the country!
It’s included in the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the entire ship freely, its cavernous cargo holds, galley, weaponry, radio and gyro rooms, hospital, steering stations, flying bridge, wheelhouse, crew cabins, mess halls, lifeboats, cargo equipment, the engine and exciting exhibits. The ship will transport you back to the time when brave sailors fought the harsh seas to bring ammunition, materials and goods to their comrades around the world.

Address: 705 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602

4.  Amalie Arena
Enjoy big concerts, events, conferences and Tampa Bay Lightning games here!
The arena is among North America’s top venues, hosting more than 150 events every year. It has party decks and bars, 69 suites, suite catering, three decks and seven separate levels, and in-arena dining concepts.

Address: 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602, USA

5.  Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park
Here’s where you can relax in the middle of busy downtown Tampa, a lovely park with nice views of the water, which is the Garrison Channel that connects to the Hillsborough River. It’s between the Tampa Bay History Center and the Marriott Waterside Hotel and right across the Amalie Arena. It has a playground, pier, jogging path, a canoe launch area and it’s dog friendly. Just walk to the popular Columbia Cafe for dining.

Address: 601 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Florida 33602
Historical background:

6.  The Tampa Riverwalk

See 2.4 miles of what’s Tampa is all about along the Hillsborough River!

Our office is near the current southern terminus of the Riverwalk, which is the South Plaza. From this southern end, you see the Florida Aquarium and the currently being-developed Sparkman Wharf project. You walk on to see the Tampa Bay History Center, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, Amalie Arena, Marriott Waterside Hotel, Sail Pavilion, Tampa Bay Convention Center, Gasparilla Pirate Ship, University of South Florida Park, MacDill Park, Kennedy Boulevard Plaza, Henry Plant Museum, University of Tampa, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Glazer Children’s Museum, Tampa Museum of Art, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Water Works Park and Spring, Ulele, Tampa Armature Works, and the ongoing Heights Riverfront Project. There are lots to see — bridges, street underpasses, memorials, busts, buildings, restaurants, river docks.
Visit The Tampa Riverwalk.

Address: Tampa, Florida 33602

7. TECO Line Streetcar System
Evoke feelings of nostalgia by riding the streetcar. It’s a great way to see things along the way from downtown Tampa to Ybor City and back that otherwise you wouldn’t notice if you’re driving a car.

From our Tampa4U office, we can just walk to the York Street station.

Here’s the downtown Tampa Streetcar map and the Ybor City Streetcar map.

These below are other well-loved Tampa attractions — most are up north and northeast and the others are down south the Channelside area, where our office is located:

Busch Gardens

Address: 10165 North McKinley Drive, Tampa

Tampa Zoo at Lowry Park
1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, Florida

Big Cat Rescue

Address: 12802 Easy Street, Tampa

Adventure Island

Address: 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa 33612

Museum of Science and Industry
Address: 4801 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa

Ybor City

Florida State Fairgrounds
Address: 4800 US Hwy. 301 North, Tampa 33610
Located here is the Cracker Country Rural History Museum
(not open daily to the public)

Ballast Point Park
Address: 5300 Interbay Blvd., Tampa 33611

Henry B Plant Museum
Address: 401 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa

Glazer Children’s Museum
Address: 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa

Tampa Theatre
Address: 711 Franklin Street, Tampa

Hyde Park Village
744 South Village Circle, Tampa 33606

Bayshore Sidewalk
Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa
alongside the Hillsborough Bay

Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center at Apollo Beach
Address: 6990 Dickman Road, Tampa, Florida