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Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Tampa

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#7 of 20 in Parks in Tampa
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The new, eight-acre Curtis Hixon park sits on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa. Amenities include the Great Lawn with flexible perimeter seating to accommodate a wide range of programming and performances, a dog run, trails, a kiosk with restrooms and a Pavilion building with restrooms.

There are two interactive fountains, or spraygrounds: the Louver Fountain on the east side of the park along Ashley Drive and the Mist Fountain on the west side the park along the Riverwalk. The park's new playground features an interactive NEOS 360 Ring, which combines video games with aerobic exercise and is the first of its kind in the southeast United States.

A section of the Riverwalk runs through the park connecting the David Straz Performing Arts Center to the Glazer Children's Museum and the Tampa Museum of Art.
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  • This park is conveniently located right next to the children's museum so after some indoor fun at the museum it was nice to get outside! It has two splash areas (not full splash pads but the water sho...  more »
  • Great place for walks and to get nice views of downtown Tampa. Our kids loved the playground, and I read that they also offer free Zumba once a week in this park! Close to excellent restaurants and th...  more »
  • One of the best ways to tour downtown Tampa. The waterfront walkway starts near Ulele's and goes to Curtis Hixon Park and down to Amelia area. Check online or the newpaper for Park events. Most events...  more »
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  • I enjoy taking my grandchildren to this activity on a hot summer day ...the area bursts with all types of people ...different cultures people... friends and family... all sorts of children...playing together in unison... having a great and wonderful time.... the laughs and giggles are endless... cool water on a hot summer day... perfect!
  • Is a nice park BUT HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE COMPLETELY TAKING OVER THIS WATER PARK. MY DAUGHTER WAS ENJOYING THE AREA WHEN SUDDENLY THIS HOMELESS WOMAN ENTER THE AREA AND STARTED TO SHOWER RIGHT THERE!! REMOVING HER CLOTHES DISGUSTING!!! I TOOK MY DAUGHTER AND RUN OUT OF THERE.. NO A SINGLE COP AROUND THE AREA!! REALLY?!?????
  • Took the young ones to walk there one evening. What a great public space! The lights are dynamic, slowly changing colors. The palm trees, the bridge, and the museums next door all participate. It's a very inviting place to experience.
  • One of my favorite parks to take our family. It's right on the river and is beautiful at night.y husband and I also come here for dates. They rent bikes that are fun to take in Riverwalk. There's a cool playground, fountains for the kids to run through, a dog park, public restrooms, public exercise classes, food truck rallys, outdoor concerts and so much more. Whenever we have friends visiting us from out of town, we take them here. You have to pay to park in the parking garage, but it's a fair price. I took off one star because there used to be a huge green lawn but it's dying. They need to restore it or replace.
  • Awesome park. Really beautiful. Lots of people & dog watching. There's a fun splash pad, great playground for kids of all ages. It's close to museums and restaurants. There are plenty of special events and the free concerts are great. It's right on the water so it's a nice place to watch the boats go by. You can see the beautiful University of Tampa and easily hop on the Riverwalk. I love it here.

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