Close this search box.
Close this search box.

Tampa Riverwalk is one of the best riverwalks in America, according to USA Today

a green illuminated shade covering on a Riverwalk
The Tampa Riverwalk is illuminated at night

The Tampa Riverwalk was once again nominated as one of America’s Best Riverwalks in the USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Travel Awards. This year, it placed 4th in voting. The top 5 Riverwalks after weeks of voting are:

  1. Smale Riverfront Park, Cincinnati, OH
  2. Woldenberg Riverfront Park, New Orleans, LA
  3. Waterfront Park, Louisville, KY
  4. Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa, FL
  5. Riverfront Park, Spokane, WA

“Securing the title of America’s Best Riverwalk would spotlight Tampa’s vibrant community and our iconic Riverwalk’s contribution to the city and region on a national scale,” write representatives with Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk in a press release. “More than 1 million visitors each year experience the Tampa Riverwalk’s 2.6-mile multi-use path.”


It’s number 4 in voting, but it’s number one in our heart.

Riverwalk cover at night
The Tampa Riverwalk illuminated at night
A walkway on the waterfront flanked by tall green trees all leading to a tall cylindrical building
The Riverwalk surrounds hotspots such as the Tampa Museum of Art and the Straz Center

The Riverwalk recently took home 9th place for Best Holiday Display, and continues to be a huge tourism driver, as well as a preferred pedestrian path for downtown residents.

a cycling and pedestrian path along the waterfront with blue columns on the right side
The Riverwalk has some shad structures, including this little tunnel outside the Tampa Convention Center

Our Riverwalk extends from Armature Works (1910 N Ola Ave) to Sparkman Wharf (615 Channelside Dr). You can Sip and Stroll on the Riverwalk with special cups, and you organizers are also readying for the huge Riverfest along the Riverwalk. That two-day celebration will include two different food festivals.


a waterfront area with a riverwalk running alongside the city. A tall cylindrical building is visible in the background
The Riverwalk proceeds through MacDill Park all the way to Curtis Hixon and beyond.

What to read next:


Don't miss a story 👉

Get all the best local content delivered to your inbox

👇 Don't Miss a Story 👇

Recent Stories