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Downtown Tampa and the Channel District

Downtown Tampa and the Channel District

With special events taking place in the area nearly every week, downtown Tampa is a top spot for people who like a full social calendar. Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is a favorite place for locals to catch concerts, celebrate holidays, or relax outside on a warm weekend. An on-site dog park ensures man’s best friend doesn’t miss out on the fun. Situated next to the Tampa Museum of Fine Art and the Glazer Childrens Museum, a few blocks from the John F. Germany Public Library and the Straz Cener for the Performing Arts, Curtis Hixon has become an anchor location in pulling people who work in, reside in or visit the city to a central location. A few blocks away, the Historic Tampa Theatre, which opened in 1926, is a local treasure for movie buffs, featuring film festivals and events.   Tampa’s downtown is a food lover’s delight with American, Asian, French, Italian, Thai, and Mexican options among others. From Bamboozle Café, to L’Eden, to Taco Bus, an old Tampa favorite in a new location, you’ll be able to expand your palate with foods from restaurants just a short walk away from home.

Tampa’s Channel District is just east of Downtown Tampa, and west of Ybor City.  Historically, the Channel District was a warehouse area that served the nearby port.  In the 2000’s residential development gained traction in the Channel District with many warehouses giving way to upscale condo towers, edgier lofts, and apartments. New construction is on the rise even now with condo and apartment plans in development and under construction.

The Channelside District is home to Channelside Bay Plaza, a waterside dining and entertainment district that has just recently been purchased as part of a larger acquisition by Tampa’s Jeff Vinick.  Also in the Channel District you’ll find the Florida Aquarium and the Florida Bay History Center, as well as the newly re-named Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  StageWorks Theatre has permanent performance space within The Grand Central at Kennedy.  There are great plans and expectations for this area of redevelopment.

There is a variety of housing in  Downtown and Channel Districts, ranging from those in lower buildings with only several stories, to new hi-rise construction that seems to be popping up all about.  With the longstanding and beautiful University of Tampa campus alongside the peaceful Hillsborough River meandering through the city, to the more recent and hip Riverwalk expanding to connect more and more of the downtown to new hotels and businesses peppering the cityscape, Downtown Tampa and the Channel Districts  have become highly desired destinations to live, work and play and play.


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