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Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa

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Sunshine Skyway Bridge, considered the "flag bridge" of Florida, stretches across Tampa Bay and features a cable-stayed main span. The original bridge was built in 1954, but construction on the current bridge began in 1982 and it was re-opened in 1987. Many visitors love crossing the bridge to take in views over the water. You must pay a small toll, but it's worth it to snap a few photos from this spot. You can stop at a nearby park on the St. Petersburg side of the bridge to rest, swim, or have a picnic. To visit Sunshine Skyway Bridge on your trip to Tampa, use our Tampa vacation generator.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Terrific to drive. Impressive when just a cruise ship under the bridge by. Costs bridge toll!
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  • August 13, 2017
    I've been lucky enough to cross the Skyway hundreds of times as part of my day job. On numerous occasions I have told tourists the story of how the bridge came to be. The views are spectacular especia...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Crossed the bridge in the daytime and thought what a great experience. Traveled the same highway late at night and it was beautiful to see it in its glory. It is a beautiful site to see and experience...  more »
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  • March 17, 2017
    It's one of the most amazing man-made structures I've ever had the privilege of experiencing. They don't call it the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for nothing. As you start to climb in elevation, it's like driving straight up into the sky headed towards the sun. It's kind of like being on a roller coaster where you're climbing, climbing and you can't see the other side. You are able to see in all directions the beauty of Florida without the nuisance of the city obstructing your views. I love driving across this bridge. An affordable and beautiful sight. Quite the experience. I'll never grow tired of crossing this bridge!
  • March 30, 2017
    Why would anyone rate a bridge? If you are sightseeing, move to the right lane please. Use your cruise control devise and we all will get along. Always some kind of work going on and traffic doesn't know how to deal with it. If you are going to jump, jump at night so you don't screw up the daily traffic flow. If you are driving a less than reliable vehicle, don't go over the bridge. The view is wonderful and sometimes windy so keep both hands on the wheel. Yes there are dolphins swimming along the bridge and you can see them, but keep your eyes on the road please. Pelicans use the side wind draft and glide alongside the road and sometimes they poop and it gets all over your windshield. It might be foggy so slow down and use your lights. There are many activities going on alongside the road so keep your eyes on the road and let your passengers enjoy the view. If you have to pee there are restrooms on both sides of the bridge.
  • June 17, 2017
    Definitely the coolest bridge I have encountered on my visits to Florida. This is a toll road that accepts cash. Cruise ships easily fit under the bridge!
  • June 11, 2017
    I find it funny that Google maps says I stopped here. Cause I did. Wreck on the bridge closed it completely and I just happened to be up at the top when it was shut down. Stuck on the bridge for over two hours but hey, the views are great!
  • July 8, 2017
    Incredible view of the Gulf & Tampa Bay. Very impressive view from underneath the bridge in a boat as well.

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