Tampa, Florida, is located along the Gulf Coast and is a surprisingly diverse place to visit. There are world-class beaches, of course, but Tampa is also home to parks, festivals, and some of the oldest coastal towns in the county. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go to a Scottish festival, ride some class II rapids, or visit the Sponge Capital of the World, there is something in Tampa for everyone.

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01Tampa Riverwalk

The Tampa Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long paved trail following the Hillsborough River through downtown. Most of the trail runs through the arts district, providing easy access to the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children's Museum, and Curtis Hixon Park. While the Riverwalk is a great way to get to some of the city's best attractions, it's also an experience in its own right. It's lined with trees, cafes and restaurants, water bikes and taxis access, and bronze busts of more than a dozen influential figures from the city's history.

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