Sports and Recreation

Tampa's year-round warm temperatures and sunshine make it the perfect place to enjoy bicycling. The city has a number of paved trails for cyclists, including the Bayshore Linear Park Trail, the Friendship Trail Bridge that is considered the longest over-the-water trail with 2.6 miles of paved path and the Upper Tampa Bay Trail, a multi-use trail that spans 8 miles.

Boater will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the waters of Tampa Bay. The city offers a number of boat launches and many more area available throughout the Tampa area. Larger ships also use Tampa Bay so boaters should always use caution.

Fishers can use Ballast Point Pier in south Tampa near downtown Tampa. A number of boat rentals supply small boats for offshore fishing. You can also hire one of the many deep-sea charters that operate in Tampa/St.Pete area for fishing further into the Gulf.

Team Sports
Tampa is home to a number of sports teams. Visitors can enjoy games of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Raymond James Stadium built in 1998. You can also catch a game of the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The city's hockey team, The Tampa Bay Lightning, also play at the Tampa Bay Times Forum that offers good seating throughout the house. The Tampa Bay Rays baseball team plays out of St. Petersburg across the bay, but is expected to relocate to Tampa in upcoming years.

Visitors to Tampa can enjoy a day of golf in the Florida sunshine at a number of courses in the area. Pebble Creek Golf Course is a public course with 18 holes over 6, 436 yards. Heritage Isles Golf and Country Club has a public course with 18 holes over 6,976 yards and a par 72. The Rocky Point Golf Course is a municipal course with a par of 70 over 6,211 yards only 6 miles from the city's center.

Kayaking and Canoeing
Those who enjoy kayaking and canoeing can find a number of rentals in the Tampa area for cruising around the bay or in one of the four state parks in the Tampa area that offer launch sites. Lettuce Lake Park is another favorite venue for kayakers and canoeists.

Tampa has a number of swim clubs in the city. Swimmers can also visit nearby Hillsborough River State Park pool or bathe in the warm waters of nearby Clearwater Beach.