Photographing Downtown Tampa
Curtis Hixon Park provides a really interesting point of view to take photographs of both the University of Tampa and downtown. This is directly downtown on the Riverwalk. I've gotten some really good sunset pictures from that location. Also, depending on how far you can walk, about a mile up Bayshore Blvd the road curves along the bay and all of downtown can be photographed from that vantage point.
When I lived in Tampa, it struck me that almost no one I met was actually from Florida. Ok, I had a few friends that were born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, but they seemed to be anomalies. This is one of the things I love about the area. On my mom's street in the overwhelimng suburban sprawl of north Tampa, there are people from Italy, El Salvador, China, Senegal, Eygpt, Puerto Rico and Germany, as well as from every conceivable corner of the US. And this is just on her street! At my mom's parties, you can easily hear three languages being spoken at the same time, and sometimes in the same conversation. I went to high school briefly in Clearwater, which is near Tampa. At lunch I sat with kids from Romania, Bangledesh, Texas and Ohio, while I brought Louisiana to the table. While there are many places in the US with significant immigrant populations, I like Tampa because everyone just seems to mesh together.
Jogging or walking along the Bayshore is a great idea just make sure its HIGH TIDE! When the tide goes out you will be often treated to a unique Tampa experience-the smell of muck mud and other un-pleasantries from the bottom of the bay !!!
There are a variety of boat cruises in the Tampa area including:
1) Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise
2) Little Toot Dolphin Watching Cruises
3) Gambling cruises
4) Dinner cruises
The location, cost and exact timing seem to change with the season. See your hotel or the nearest waterway for the most up to date info.
Lets go pick some Berries!
Depending on the season you can pick some berries - mostly in early summer - May, June
The website below offers the best sites
+ Blueberry picking in April and May (normally) at 210 Pruettt Road in Seffneer call 813-9218-4206
+ Strawberry picking - mostly in May - most sites are between Brandon and Lakeland
The link below also provides info on corn, pumpkins picking and even Christmas trees