Channelside, a great place to live and work

From its humble beginnings over 75 years ago, the Channel District, also known as Channelside, is a fast-growing residential neighborhood in Tampa, Florida. Bordered on the east by Ybor Channel, Garrison Channel on the south, and situated next to the Florida Aquarium, American Victory Museum, and Port Tampa Bay, Channelside Tampa is a one-of-a-kind entertainment complex. This neighborhood is filled with high-rise condominiums, dining, shops, and entertainment venues. There are also plenty of pubs and nightclubs, which include outside patio bars and live music. Perfect for those warm breezes and long, tropical nights!


The space previously occupied by the Channelside Bay Plaza is now known as Sparkman Wharf. Part of this exciting redevelopment includes an expansive lawn area overlooking the water of Garrison Channel. Visitors can witness spectacular views of the downtown Tampa skyline and the cruise ships leaving and coming into the Port of Tampa from this location. In addition, an outdoor stage will regularly host local bands, and a giant LED screen will show Tampa Bay Lightning games, plus become an after-hours outdoor movie theater. What a great way to build community and relax!


Channelside restaurants offer a unique dining experience for all visitors, including outdoor dining and upscale restaurants, which give a more intimate experience. In all, ten restaurants provide visitors with outdoor dining options not found anywhere in the area. A sampling of some of the restaurants includes Edison’s Swigamajig dive bar and fish shack, Flock & Stock featuring French and Vietnamese cuisine, casual dining for Detroit-style pizzas at Corners Pizza, and an open-air biergarten called Fermented Reality. This new concept biergarten will build on Tampa Bay’s reputation as a craft brewing hub. In addition, a fabulous 3,000 square foot covered bar will add to the open-air dynamic and intimate vibe!  


Make sure to include some time in your visit for some of the other local area attractions. Young and old can learn something new and make some aquatic friends at the Florida Aquarium. Just a short walk from the Florida Aquarium, sea goers and landlubbers can take a tour of the historic SS American Victory ship at the American Victory Museum. If you’re a National Hockey League fan, take in a Tampa Bay Lightning game at the Amalie Arena. Or, hop on the Channelside District trolley to get to Downtown Tampa and Ybor City.  


For a little more greenery and a respite from the hustle and bustle of the retail area of Channelside is the close-by green area, Madison Street Park. This park truly has something for everyone! Two gated dog parks with water fountains for your canine friends, a putting green, event space, three shaded areas, picnic and bench area, three water fountains for people, giant modern lounge chairs, a play area for kids, a mix-use recreation court for pickleball or volleyball, and a Florida favorite, shuffleboard courts.  


Other bonuses of living in the Channelside District are the Tampa Education Center, an adult continuing education center sponsored through Saint Leo University, and the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida.


Repeat Channelside events that draw crowds include a pub crawl celebration on the first Friday of every month and the annual coloring of the Garrison Channel green in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. 


If you are a resident of Channelside, you know it’s a great place to live with plenty to do! However, if you’re a new visitor to this area, there are so many things to do that you may want to consider staying in an area hotel. Bring the family to enjoy all that this rapidly growing area has to offer!