Downtown Tampa has a little bit of everything for just about everyone: shopping, dining, entertainment, museums, galleries, and public parks. Key landmarks and historic architecture appear throughout the area. A few of the older buildings include Tampa City Hall, Tampa Theater, and Sacred Heart Church, which began construction in 1898 but wasn’t completed until 1905.
One of the newer additions to the downtown neighborhood is the 2.2-mile Riverwalk. Connecting various parts of the downtown area, Riverwalk allows visitors to see different attractions, such as the aquarium, convention center, and the University of Tampa. Along the way, visitors can shop the specialty stores, dine at a cafe, or take a break at one of the local parks.
There are a handful of distinct districts for residential living in the downtown area of this Florida city. Among them are River Arts, the Channel District, and University Area. Each small section within the downtown community holds its own piece of history and unique features.
The eclectic Channel District is situated near Channelside Drive and contains a variety of architecture, from condos to skyscrapers. The TECO Historic Streetcar travels through the area, taking people to local hot spots. Situated near Grand Central, the University Area is home to some of the area’s most spectacular architecture. Its key features include the Henry B. Plant Museum and the University of Tampa. River Arts, near Madison Street, holds the six-acre Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Glazer Children’s Museum, and John F. Germany Public Library.
Boasting more than 15 high-rise office structures and more than eight million square feet of commerce space, the downtown area provides a variety of jobs to Tampa residents. Travel is convenient thanks to light rail, buses, and taxis. The streets have sidewalks and are pedestrian-friendly. The use of bicycles for commuting is also common.