Tampa Bay is quickly becoming one of the top places to vacation and live. Luckily for you, I have the inside track on the best outdoor workout spaces in the bay. Tampa is a city that cares about fitness, so there are many options for outdoor spaces to mix up your workouts on a beautiful day.
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Courtney Campbell Causeway
Courtney Campbell Causeway offers the views and the complexity of an outdoor workout space. It’s hard to find challenging hills to run and sprint on in the flatlands of Florida, but Courtney Campbell Causeway offers a pedestrian bridge with a beautiful view of the bay. You will see many bikers hitting the trail, walkers enjoying the scenery, and long-distance runners looking for a challenge. When you reach the peak, enjoy the beautiful view of the bay.
Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park
Julian B Lane Riverfront Park has undergone an impressive transformation in recent years and is a premier outdoor workout space. There is something for everyone, including boat docks, rowing clubs, basketball courts, tennis courts, a football field, and an open courtyard. Cool off in the mini water park area for the kids! Let your dog get some exercise, too, with their two dog parks, including a large breed and small breed section.
Bayshore Boulevard is a nationally recognized outdoor workout space as the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States. It is the site for many races, parades, photoshoots, and general recreational activities. You can stop and do exercises on their outdoor equipment or rent a bike to cruise down the flat 4.5-mile-long trail. While you’re there, enjoy the view of some of the most expensive real estate in Tampa.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an outdoor workout space that is right in the middle of downtown. It serves multiple purposes, from a concert venue to a gathering place for free outdoor workouts like yoga and barre class. It also provides a walkway for walkers and bikers that connects along the river walk.
The Sparkman Warf near Harbor Island connects to the bustling water street and Channelside area; offering offers a versatile spot for fitness enthusiasts. It has a lot of open space, and you can also enjoy some fresh air while you work out by doing yoga in one of the many grassy areas or by taking a break at one of their picnic tables. You will find monthly class offerings from different fitness providers in the area overlooking the view of the water. When you’re done, get refreshed at the restaurants in the area.
Armature Works/Water Works Park
Armature Works Park is an outdoor workout space that is connected to the Tampa Riverwalk. It is a popular spot during the weekdays for free outdoor workouts by fitness providers in the area and a gathering spot for families with their life-size games on the lawn. WaterWorks Park is an extension of armature works just slightly down the path. It has a children’s splash pad and an open yard. You can even start at armature works and hit all of these parks along the Riverwalk for a great scenic view of the bay.
Al Lopez Park
Al Lopez Park is one hidden gem that I frequent often. It offers scenic views and a 1.2-mile-long trail for diverse runs or walks. They even have markers letting you know the distance milestones if you do not have a tracker. They have an extensive nature trail where you might even see an alligator or two in their large hidden pond (don’t worry, I haven’t encountered any, but it’s Florida!). In addition, there is a community center with indoor fitness equipment and outdoor fitness stations along the trail. Another notable feature along the trail is the cancer survivors’ plaza.