Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa
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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, across from University of Tampa's gorgeous minarets, where the elegant Kennedy Blvd bridge crosses the Hillsborough River is the crown jewel of downtown Tampa and particularly spectacular at night. The silver minarets of the University of Tampa are lit up, along with the Kennedy Blvd bridge in varying colors: red, green, blue. And the Tampa Museum of Art is lit up in moving rainbow colors. In front of the Glazer Children's Museum, the splash fountain is lit in little rectangles. Everywhere there is something wonderful and glittering to see! It is magical when there is a sliver of moon just dangling over the water. Come with your lover for a romantic stroll. Or come with your kids to the space age playground and little hill with half-globe rocks to climb on in front of the Tampa Museum of Art. There is a plastic 4-seater spinner, motorcycle bouncies, circular spinner that kids love to walk along, individual seat spinner, techno music station with large lit-up buttons, and play structure with slides and rope climbies. Sometimes people come out with light-up hula hoops and play on the sloping great lawn, adding more fun to the scene here. Others hang out and listen to live music on the seat terraces.
There are modern and inexpensive cafes with great food- try Fusion Pizza- delicious (get the whole grain crust)! There is also a gelato place.
We didn't get bit by mosquitoes at this park both times we went, at night and at dusk.
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Curtis Hixon Park is located at 600 N. Ashley Dr, Tampa FL 33602. There is a public parking garage just steps to the north of the park, on Ashley Dr, and the price is only $5. There are also plenty of metered parking spots where you pay with your credit card at the machine- these are not checked (and are therefore free) on the weekend!
Fusion Pizza, 777 N. Ashley Dr, Tampa FL, call (813) 463-1600.
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.