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Staycations in Tampa's Downtown

Plan your staycation and play in your own city. Tampa's Downtown and the surrounding area is filled with plenty of ways to enjoy the Florida sunshine, fresh air and great outdoors. From the scenic Tampa Riverwalk to the Gulf Beaches a short drive away, the Barrymore Hotel's location and affordability offer the local getaway you and your family have been itching to take. Plan your visit to Tampa's downtown and beyond with this helpful compilation of ideas for the best "staycay" in Tampa!


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view of hillsborough river from riverwalk at golden hour with pirate water taxi
Pirate Water Taxi on the Hillsborough River, view from Riverwalk

Parks and Open Spaces Nearby

Get some fresh air, exercise and best of all, enjoy the sights of Tampa's Downtown and the surrounding area.

The Tampa Riverwalk | Distance: You're already there
Walk, run, jog, or bike along the Tampa Riverwalk. Step out our front door, cross the street using the crosswalk and you're just a handful of steps away from one of downtown's most enjoyable and charming attractions. Yes! You may drink alcoholic beverages on the Riverwalk but it must be in an approved Riverwalk cup. More info at

Waterworks Park | Distance: 0.6 mi via Riverwalk
Open air park, features a children's splash pad and play area.

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park | Distance: 0.4 mi via Riverwalk
Large open-air park known for hosting events, festivals and concerts. Includes children's play area and a dog park.

Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park | Distance: 0.3 mi via Riverwalk
Open-air park across the river from our hotel, accessible via the Fortune Taylor Bridge. Also known for events, festivals and concerts and also includes a children's play area and two dog parks - one for large dogs and one for smaller dogs.

Perry Harvey Senior Park | Distance: 0.9 mi
The artwork at Perry Harvey Park is unique and contextual. Four major artworks by four artists work together in an attempt to tell the full and complex story of the abundant contributions of the African American community and Historic Central Avenue.

Bro Bowl Skate Park (at Perry Harvey Senior Park) | Distance: 0.9 mi
Also located at Perry Harvey Park, this skate park has lots of ledges, stairs and ramps to enjoy

Davis Island Dog Park and Beach | Distance: 4.3 mi
Bring Fido for a big day in the sun and sand. This is just a short drive from our hotel.

Bayshore Boulevard | Distance: 4.3 mi
Bayshore Boulevard is a favorite local spot for long walks, jogs and biking with an incredible view of the bay and downtown. It's also the longest continous sidewalk in the United States at 4.5 miles long.

Lettuce Lake Park | Distance: 17.5 mi
240 acres of outdoor bliss, 1.25-mile paved exercise trail and a 3,500-foot boardwalk with an observation tower

Nearby Dog Parks
Curtis Hixon Dog Park (0.4 mi), Queenie's Dog Park at Waterworks Park (0.6 mi), Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park Dog Parks (0.6 mi)

More Tampa Parks

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Make a splash, just a short drive away to our Gulf Beaches


Honeymoon Island State Park | Distance: 29.3 mi
Beautiful state park beach, also includes a dog beach. Calm sparkling waters, moments from charming Dunedin, FL. There is a fee to enter the state park. //

Clearwater Beach | Distance: 25.1 mi
Consistently voted as #1 beach in the United States, Clearwater Beach is not only just a fun place for sun, sand and waves but is also a bustling area for attractions, eateries and nightlife. Watch the sunset at Pier 60! //

St. Pete Beach | Distance: 28.9 mi
Visit this magical expanse of sand and you’ll understand why Trip Advisor’s community of travelers love St. Pete Beach, naming it the No. 2 beach in America in 2020. Funky specialy shops, eateries, galleries and picturesque old inns. //

people on stand up paddle boards in the hillsborough river when it was dyed green for st. paddys day
Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Hillsborough River

Nearby Outdoor Activities

Fun activities to do outdoors and on the water in Tampa's Downtown

Coast Bike Share | Distance: Next Door
Want to go further? Rent a Coast Bikes shared bike and cruise downtown on two wheels. The nearest Coast Bikes hub is located in the back of the parking lot of the Anchor Riverwalk apartments next door to us. //

e-Scooters for Rent | Distance: All over downtown!
Tampa has a variety of e-scooters to choose from. These app-based electric scooters for rent are scattered among the greater downtown area and nearby areas including Seminole Heights and Hyde Park. They are a fun and cost-effective way to get around downtown Tampa and the nearby area. // Learn More

Urban Kai Stand Up Paddle Board Shop | Distance: 0.7 mi
Right next to Armature Works, Urban Kai is a local favorite for SUP rentals, tours and classes with a variety of SUP gear for purchase including boards to purchase. SUP/kayak launch is right next to the shop. //

Pirate Water Taxi
Distance: Main Hub 1.1 mi, nearest stop is at the Straz Center next door
Daily tours of downtown Tampa, also a fun and scenic way to get around downtown. Hop on, hop off, repeat! //

Tampa Bay Water Bikes | Distance: 1.1 mi
Ride a "bike" on the water - this crazy fun acitivity gives you the ability to explore the river with an aweseome perspective of the city, plus it's great exercise. //

Tampa Water Taxi Company | Distance: 1.1 mi
Relax on a guided boat tour of Tampa's beautiful homes, history, and wildlife including dolphins, stingrays, and birds. Sunset cruises, dolphins tours. //

Kraken CycleBoats Tours | Distance: 1.1 mi
The ultimate party boat paddle-pub experience. Pedal and sip, then pedal and sip some more. //

eBoats Tampa | Distance: 1.1 mi
Electric boat rental and tours. Explore downtown Tampa during the day or at night. //

Yacht Starship | Distance: 1.9 mi
Premier dining cruises providing live entertainment, fine cuisine, great view of the city //

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Sparkman Wharf, outdoor casual food hall in Tampa's Downtown

Food Halls & Attractions

Armature Works + Heights Public Market | Distance: 0.7 mi
Upscale food hall with spacious interior and beautiful outdoor dining area, plus a great view of the river and downtown Tampa. Right next to Urban Kai SUP rental - make it a day date: paddle and eat! //

The Hall on Franklin | Distance: 0.7 mi
Upscale indoor food hall with coffee shop and cocktail bar //

Sparkman Wharf | Distance: 1.8 mi
Outdoor food hall and entertainment venue with open space and a lovely view of the bay //

Historic Ybor City | Distance: 1.9 mi
One of Tampa's most historic and diverse areas with exciting nightlife, unique local eateries and shops //

Florida Aquarium | Distance: 2.0 mi
Get a glimspe of the magical world under the sea, also located in Tampa's Downtown //

ZooTampa at Lowry Park | Distance: 6.3 mi
Get wild...safely! Advance tickets and reservations are not required but recommended. ZooTampa is one of the top 25 zoos in the nation. //

Busch Gardens Tampa | Distance: 9.2 mi
Ranked in the top 25 theme parks in the US! Reservations are currently required. //

Adventure Island Water Park | Distance: 9.8 mi
Tampa's largest water park! With many water slides to choose from, a lazy river, and the kid-friendly rides, there's plenty for the whole family. //

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Florida Aquarium in Tampa's Downtown


Glazer Children's Museum | Distance: 0.3 mi
Tampa's interactive, learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect to the world around //

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts | Distance: 0.5 mi
collects, preserves, and exhibits historic and contemporary works by nationally and internationally known photographic artists //

Tampa Bay History Center | Distance: 2.2 mi
Located on Tampa's Riverwalk, a visit to the Tampa Bay History Center includes three floors of hands on, interactive exhibits and theaters //

Museum of Science and Industry | Distance: 11.2 mi
Making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds, great interactive children's area //

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Bay Crafted Local Beers

Local Breweries

Organized from least to furthest distance from hotel

Hidden Springs Ale Works | Distance: 0.7 mi, Tampa Heights/Downtown

Garagiste Meadery | Distance: 0.7 mi, Ybor City

Bay Cannon Beer Company | Distance: 1.4 mi, West Tampa

Late Start Brewing | Distance: 1.5 mi, Channel District

Rock Brothers Brewing | Distance: 2.0 mi, Ybor City

Tampa Bay Brewing Company | Distance: 2.0 mi, Ybor City

Zydeco Brew Werks | Distance: 2.4 mi, Ybor City

Brew Bus Brewing | Distance: 2.4 mi, Seminole Heights

Coppertail Brewing Company | Distance: 2.8 mi, Ybor City

Cigar City Brewing Brewing | Distance: 3.4 mi, Seminole Heights

Angry Chair Brewing | Distance: 3.9 mi, Seminole Heights