Parks & Rec: No, not the TV show

Well, at least it's not the 80's.
Parks & Rec, 2020
I'm going to start this blog with a disclaimer: I did not like this place, at all. "But Mark," I hear you shouting, "Then why should I even bother reading this?" Because I feel like there is a market for it. And a dude in his 30's who enjoys craft beer and more intimate spaces most definitely is not their target audience. 
Coins, 2020
Branching off of the popular Downtown St. Pete bar of the same name, Parks & Rec Tampa opened in (as far as I can see) 2019. The bar covers an outdoor area, mainly used for giant beer pong and Jenga, an indoor area with a handful of arcade games and a DJ, complete with TV's showing ESPN (because, of course you would), and an upstairs second story with pool tables, air hockey, and a few more games. I counted no less than four different bars, which was impressive for the size of the space used. The entrance to the bar is adorned with security who seem to be st…

Top 3 Water Activities To Do in Downtown Tampa

People tend to refer to Downtown Tampa (incorrectly) as a ghost town. It is one of the most often cited areas of the city when people make the claim that "Tampa is a boring city." I'm here right now to show you some of the fun you can have on the Hillsborough River.



#3: eBoats Tampa
Do you consider yourself an avid boater? Those of us here at Exploring Tampa don't take advantage of the Hillsborough River anywhere near as often as we should. We did, however, get the opportunity to ride along on one of eBoats Tampa's boats. The coolest part about these boats is that, well, they're electric. You don't have to worry about stopping for gas. And, according to Captain Kevin, they last for quite a few hours. Once rented, you have the opportunity to travel as far north as Lowry Park and you're free to go as far south as the Tampa Bay. Food and alcohol is also permitted on the boat, so feel free to bring your crew for a party on the river. Just don't plan on using their boats for Gasparilla. Unfortunately, due to the contract they have with the docks, they are not allowed to run during the Gasparilla invasion. For more information about the eBoats, check out: eboatstampa.com


#2: The Tampa Bay Water Bike Company
Located on the same docks as the eBoats, Tampa Bay Water Bike Company offers an entirely new experience for river enthusiasts. Have you been looking for a new way to get that cardio in? Do you just enjoy riding bikes? Look no further! It's like your bike at the gym were equipped with floaties and a paddle, and your legs control the speed. Cruise along the most scenic bike route in Tampa! The best part, however, is that you don't have to watch out for crazy motorists. For more information about the Tampa Bay Water Bike Company, check out: http://www.tampawaterbikes.com/


#1: Pirate Water Taxi
It's no secret that Tampa likes its pirates. I mean, c'mon, we have an entire celebration dedicated to a fictitious pirate in the way of Jose Gaspar. However, there's something VERY different about the Pirate Water Taxi. You could get around Downtown and Seminole Heights using the beautiful Riverwalk, yes, but why? You can hop on one of these boats and get a new experience you've never had before. You get breathtaking views of Downtown Tampa along with a history lesson from your driver. The best part is, you can hop on and off the boat all around the Downtown and Seminole Heights area. This is the perfect way to check out some of those restaurants, museums, and other sites you've been telling yourself you need to see. For more information, check out: http://www.piratewatertaxi.com/

Did I miss your favorite activity on the Hillsborough River? Have you tried any of these for yourself? Leave a comment below. If you'd like more information on Tampa, check out my YouTube Channel and if you'd like to support my efforts, don't hesitate to buy a shirt from our Spreadshirt. Also, don't be afraid to click subscribe and you'll instantly be notified whenever a new entry is posted. If you'd like to meet other people who love Tampa, consider joining our Facebook Group. Thank you all and I will see you next time!

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