Outdoor Recreation Near our Downtown Tampa Apartments: The Best the Sunshine State Has to Offer September 16, 2019 / Tampa / Leave a Comment Life in our Downtown Tampa apartments is colorful, festive, and active. While there’s plenty to do around the city, there are also so many ways to explore the natural beauty of western Florida. From catching the last beautiful rays of a sunset on one of Tampa’s pristine beaches, to canoeing through enchanting wetlands and cypress swamps, to taking your dog on the wilderness excursion of a lifetime, here are just a few adventures that are just down the road from our apartments in Downtown Tampa that outdoor lovers won’t want to miss.Beautiful Beaches Near Riverwalk Apartments in TampaIf you’ve never been to our local beaches, have you even been to Tampa? As soon as you move into your new apartment in Downtown Tampa, be sure to grab a towel and some sunscreen and beeline it to the beach, because we have some of the most beautiful beaches and crystal-clear water in the sunshine state.You won’t have to venture far from our Downtown Tampa apartments to find a beautiful beach to relax the day away. Just 10-minutes away is Ben T. Davis Beach. This narrow stretch of sandy beach offers amazing sunset views of Tampa Bay and is a wonderful place to comb the beach for interesting rocks and seashells. In fact, one local says, “This is the perfect beach for people who want to experience nature a little closer.” Here, you can go fishing, swim in the warm, shallow water, or grill up some delicious grub in one of their picnic shelters. Boaters can launch sailboats and motorboats of all sizes from the boat launch and enjoy a day among the waves.Perhaps one of our favorite features of Ben T. Davis Beach is that Whiskey Joe’s is walking distance from the surf. So, if having fun in the sun works up an appetite, be sure to hit up this festive beach-side bar for some delicious grub, happy hour drinks, and toe-tappin’ live music. You’ll want to stay late enough to see those unforgettable sunset views.Clearwater Beach, in nearby Clearwater, of course, might be a 40-minute drive from our Downtown Tampa apartments, but the drive is so worth it. Crystalline, laid back, and clean, you’ll love Clearwater Beach’s soft sands and meandering boardwalk. After spending a full day swimming, jet-skiing, or paddleboarding, be sure to attend the sunset festival on Pier 60, complete with street performers and local artisans. Clearwater Beach is also a great spot to walk around the boardwalk for a relaxing afternoon. Kids love the life-size dolphin statues and adults will want to relax in the beachside cabanas that help protect beachgoers from getting sunburned.St. Pete Beach is — you guessed it — in nearby St. Petersburg. One local says, “The sunsets here are stunning! There are also convenience stores and restaurants across the street in case you forget something or get hungry, and the water is warm but refreshing! Great for family vacations or simply to stop and catch the sunset.” That’s one of the many reasons we love living on Florida’s gulf coast: the sunsets are truly a sight to behold.Jogging, Canoeing, and Live Music: Tampa’s Riverfront ParksWe have a couple of incredible riverfront parks just minutes from our apartments in Downtown Tampa. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is simply a dream for dog owners, and it’s just an 8-minute walk from Anchor Riverwalk. This large, fenced-in grassy area is a great place for you and Fido to play fetch, to throw a blanket down for a picnic, or to catch some live music. One local says, “I love this park! At night, the fountains light up with LED lights and there are tons of inspirational and motivational quotes carved into the brick walkway. Overall, amazing place with positive vibes!”Another great park nearby is Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, a resident favorite. Break a sweat on the well-kept jogging path, bring the kiddos to burn some energy on the playground, or simply relax and watch the boats go by on the channel. And speaking of boats, Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park is a great place to launch your canoe for a day out on the water!Get Your Dose of Wilderness Near our Downtown Tampa ApartmentsAfter you get your fill of our amazing local beaches, you might get a hankering to hit the trail. Just 24 minutes away from our Downtown Tampa apartments is the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve, a sprawling greenspace with forest, wetlands, and plenty of wildlife.The Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve is a nature lovers paradise, with over 60 miles of trails that wind through the forest and wetlands of the Hillsborough River. For decades, this preserve along a 14-mile section of the Hillsborough River has been a destination for recreation for Tampa residents. Cast a line at one of the riverside boardwalks, kayak or canoe among indigenous birds and water lilies, or enjoy a relaxing picnic under a cypress tree, the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve has something for everyone. If getting out on the water is more your thing, the Hillsborough River offers the chance to raft, kayak, or paddleboard through gorgeous cypress swamps, providing a great opportunity to experience Florida’s beautiful wildlife from the water.The Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve is also dog-friendly! So, grab your pooch and hit the trail for an outdoor adventure your furry friend won’t soon forget!Always a Chance to Enjoy The Outdoors Close to Our Apartments in Downtown TampaWhether you love taking your dog on long hikes through the woods or if you’re more of a beach person, there’s something for every type of outdoor lover who lives in our Downtown Tampa apartments on the Riverwalk. So, if you want to adventure past the confines of our state-of-the-art workout facilities, Tampa’s got you covered.Don’t miss your chance to call our luxury pet-friendly apartments home! Go to our website today to schedule a tour. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members can’t wait to show you around, answer your questions, and welcome you to your new home.