Bayshore, Tampa

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  • Bayshore Blvd., along Hillsborough Bay
    Bayshore Blvd., along Hillsborough Bay
    by S.Ottie
  • Bayshore Blvd., along Hillsborough Bay
    Bayshore Blvd., along Hillsborough Bay
    by S.Ottie
  • Bayshore Blvd., along Hillsborough Bay
    Bayshore Blvd., along Hillsborough Bay
    by S.Ottie
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    Strolling the "World's Longest Sidewalk"

    by S.Ottie Written Mar 13, 2014
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    The waterfront ribbon of pavement that parallels Bayshore Blvd. along Hillsborough Bay near both Downtown and historic Hyde Park is billed as the longest sidewalk in the world. Popular with walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, and bicyclists, it provides a continuous pedestrian corridor for about 4-5 miles (just beware of the bridge ramps leading to the Davis Islands). If planning to walk from downtown like we did, make sure to go all the way down to the Platt Street bridge, as this at least connects the small “riverwalk” in front of the convention center, to the Bayshore sidewalk. We made the mistake of crossing on the identical looking Brorein Street bridge, not realizing that there was another bridge south of the Crosstown Expressway. The Brorein Street bridge has a narrow sidewalk and leaves pedestrians stuck crossing a dangerous intersection.

    While I would have loved to explore the Bayshore sidewalk further than we did, one of the family members that accompanied us on our trip learned first-hand the hazards of tripping on uneven pavement. (She had a bump on the head but was fine). Fortunately, Tampa General Hospital was literally right across the bridge from where we were at the time, so we were able to get her to the emergency room after negotiating yet another example of awkwardly restricted pedestrian access.

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    The Bayshore Boulevard of Dreams

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    Bayshore is one of the most beautiful and popular areas of Tampa. This wide Boulevard with a grass median is popular through all hours of the day for joggers, bicyclists, walkers, fishermen, and others congregate to enjoy the views of the bay and the city. This street also has numerous mansions, displays of public art, and historical markers.

    A plaque at the southern end of Bayshore tells the story of Tampa's original streetcar company:

    The Bayshore Boulevard of Dreams

    Emelia and Chester W. Chapin of New York settled in Tampa in 1891. The Chapins were instrumental in helping develop the bay shore and the city of Tampa. They purchased 110 acres of land three miles south of the city limits of Tampa. On October 12, 1892 the Chapins formed the Consumers Electric Light and Street Railway Company. This new trolley car system was completed in 1893, and provided service throughout the community. Emelia Chapin's personal trolley car, Fair Lady, was built so she could shop, entertain friends and travel to the Ballast Point Pavillion. On December 14, 1898, the Consumers Electric Light and Street Railway Company's dam was destroyed by dynamite. The company never recovered from this major financial setback. On October 2, 1899, the company was purchased by a Boston syndicate, Stone and Webster, who formed the Tampa Electric Company. When the new company assumed control, the city's trolley system, including the bayshore tracks, included 21.5 miles. The Chapins sold all of their remaining properties, never to return to their city of dreams.

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    Bayshore - where Tampa goes to walk

    by tampa_shawn Updated Sep 17, 2008

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    Where the locals go for a good walk. This 10-foot-wide sidewalk is 4.5 mile long along the bay and is where the locals go to walk and roller blade. A long this walk you will see stunning views of the bay and some of the most amazing homes in the south.

    If you are biking there is an additional 3-mile, on-road bike lane that extends the north-bound lane of Bayshore Boulevard between Rome Avenue and Gandy Boulevard.

    Trail amenities include benches, a water fountain, bicycle parking, a city marina and fitness stations.

    When you are there be sure to head up Howard Avenue for some of the best places in Tampa to eat and/or down to Hyde Park historic district for a nice look at old Tampa and for some quaint stores.

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    Walking/Jogging/Driving down Bayshore

    by KrisKaden Written Apr 3, 2007

    Bayshore is considered the poshest street in Tampa. It is dotted with multi-million dollar homes that face the open bay. The sidewalk that runs along the opposite side was once (when I was a little girl) the longest stretch of uninterrupted sidewalk in the world. All sorts of athletic people walk, jog, rollerblade, run up and down that sidewalk during the day.

    If you're athletically inclined, jogging down bayshore will provide you with plenty of room and spectacular views.

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    Great view while exercising

    by holly1011 Written Jun 24, 2005

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    Rollerblading on Bayshore

    One of my favorite parts of town has always been the Bayshore area. Along Bayshore Blvd. is a long sidewalk where people run, walk, rollerblade, bike, etc. On the opposite side of the street are million dollar homes and tucked behind these homes are the historic homes of Hyde Park. It's beautiful and unless the bay is stinky (sometimes it does smell) then it's a great place to burn some calories.

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  • Take a stroll

    by Lisachan Written Oct 21, 2004

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    Bayshore Boulevard is nice. It's about 5 miles of continous sidewalk. Great for biking,roller blading, walking or jogging. There are a few places to park across the street. Please be careful when crossing as it is a busy street! My husband and I love riding our bikes there.

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    go for a run or rollerblade on...

    by sargentjeff Written Feb 25, 2003

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    go for a run or rollerblade on bayshore boulevard and onto Davis Island.
    bayshore boulevard was my favorite running spot in tampa. I spent three years on the UT cross country team and did quite a bit of running here. Bayshore is also part of the Gasparilla Distance classic 15K route.

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