Get to the Urban Treasures of Tampa on the Selmon
Tampa Bay is filled with unique activities and destinations, whether your interests include live entertainment, the natural beauty of the outdoors, the arts scene, culinary, or beyond. We are proud that Tampa is such a multimodal community because not only can the Selmon Expressway connect you to where you need to be, but the city also offers streetcars, water taxis, scooters, golf carts, and more to help you get around the downtown district with ease. Our agency also owns, manages, and operates the Selmon Greenway. The Greenway is a 1.9-mile lighted, urban trail with extra wide sidewalks connecting the downtown neighborhoods.
Whether you are a new resident or just want to learn about the latest gems downtown, read our list of what is happening downtown. Remember to shop local and support the downtown businesses while there, and THEA’s Selmon Expressway will always be able to get you downtown for a day of fun or a night on the town.
If you’re interested in nighttime entertainment, the plentiful arts scene, or sitting in the park and taking in the stunning city views, the Selmon Expressway will bring you right into Downtown Tampa. With the Tampa Museum of Art, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and numerous restaurants and local businesses, everyone is sure to find something they love.
Channel District/Water Street/Sparkman Wharf
The Channel District is quickly growing with Water Street booming. This district is full of waterfront dining, recreational activities, and much more to enjoy. One popular spot is the trendy Sparkman Wharf. This is the ideal place to grab a drink or some quick outdoor dining with beautiful views of the bay. Spots like JoToro and The Battery are just a couple local favorites.
South Howard Avenue and Hyde Park Village are pedestrian-friendly areas full of shops and restaurants. During the day, Hyde Park Village is full of local shops and cutting-edge boutiques such as Lululemon, Kittenish, and so much more. Then, you can enjoy the award-winning Bern’s Steakhouse at night or head over to SoHo for tapas at Bulla Gastrobar.
If you are looking for some of Tampa’s historical and cultural roots, Ybor City, the cigar capital of the world, is the perfect place. Aside from its history of cigar making that still maintains a vital role in the area, you can also take in the classic architecture of the brick buildings and iron balconies. A must-visit is the Colombia Restaurant, the oldest restaurant in Florida.
Whether you ride, bike, or drive, Tampa’s urban core is your destination for fun.