Relax in the scenic Bayshore sunset

Running along the western shore of Hillsborough Bay is Bayshore Boulevard. Its accompanying sidewalk is 4.5 miles long and 10 feet wide and is known as the second-longest continuous sidewalk in the United States. Beginning at the Columbus Statue Park and running south to Gandy Boulevard, it’s the perfect way to see this side of Tampa whether on foot, bicycle, rollerblade, or automobile!.


Traveling along Bayshore Boulevard, visitors are treated to gorgeous water views, beautiful scenery, historic and prestigious houses, and fun spots along the way. Venturing alone or with a furry friend, it’s a great way to get that morning run in before work, take a relaxing walk, or the car out for a spin. 


Since the sidewalk is ten feet wide, it’s a great place to exercise. In the spirit of a great workout, fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of The Bayshore Fitness Trail. This section is part of the Bayshore Boulevard trail, and is a mile-long stretch devoted to fitness. With stations along the way, athletes can get a complete workout with the different equipment at each station. Additionally, rest and catch your breath on one of the many benches before continuing on your way.


If biking is your thing, a bike lane is included on certain sections of the Boulevard, giving you plenty of room to enjoy the ride! From Gandy Boulevard to Rome Avenue, there is a northbound bike lane. From Platte Street to Gandy Boulevard, there is a south-bound bike lane.


There are many fun things to do close to the Bayshore Boulevard area as well. These include almost every interest from areas to explore, restaurants, shops, and parks.


Beginning with Old Hyde Park. At this park, visitors can take in the amazing architecture and rich history as it is one of the oldest parts of Tampa. It’s worth spending an afternoon exploring! 


Ballast Point Park is a historic waterfront park with amenities! Visit the pier to view the sunset or the cafe for refreshments, or bring your own food for a family picnic. A playground is also available for the youngsters to burn off some energy! 


A smaller park along the way is Fred Ball Park. This park is a bit smaller but still worth a visit. It’s a great place to stop for a break because it is directly off the trail. Also, since it’s dog-friendly, your furry friends will love frolicking in the fields!  


And let’s not forget dining! Good food is definitely in order after a long walk, run, or drive! So try one of these stops to refresh and refuel!


Make a pit stop at Mad Dogs and Englishmen if you’re in the mood for a snack. Enjoy the great outdoors while partaking in British cuisine and draft beers on the outdoor patio. 


Craving Italian? Pané Rustica has you covered! Pané Rustica is a restaurant and artisan bakery that features homemade baked goods, delectable lunch items, and gourmet dinners. The lunchtime crowd will enjoy hearth-baked pizzas, sandwiches, and salads in a down-to-earth environment. Then, enjoy fine dining with menu options of wood-fired entrées and small plates for the evening.


For the 21 and over crowd, Ciro’s is a classic cocktail bar located inside the historic Bayshore Royal Building. Though their menu is centered around beverages from all eras, they also serve delicious food. Filled with character, this treasure is located a block from the trail. 


Spend a morning, an adventurous afternoon, or a fun-filled evening on the trail. Whether you enjoy walking, biking, rolling or driving along Bayshore Boulevard, you’ll be sure to enjoy the glistening bay waters, beautiful scenery, and fun this area of town has to offer!