Living in one of the Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk means thriving at the intersection of the best of local culture and cosmopolitan entertainment. Neighboring Tampa Riverwalk features all kinds of activities: from elegant dining on a yacht or fun snacks at the Sail Pavilion to a public art walking tour that encompasses stand-alone sculptures and venues like the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. As a bonus, opens in a new windowHoliday Harbour’s 35-foot-tall Christmas tree will provide a festive backdrop for your Tampa Riverwalk excursions through January 2, 2019.
Just by strolling out your door under the palms, you enter a microcosm of the city where an impressive array of museums offers a sophisticated spin on winter in paradise, each with its own shop where you can find the right gift for everyone on your list: from curious kids to budding photographers, art collectors, and aficionados. At the opens in a new windowTampa Museum of Art, the opens in a new windowFlorida Museum of Photographic Arts, opens in a new windowThe Florida Aquarium, and opens in a new windowthe Tampa Bay History Center, you will find outstanding gift shops that will connect you to your hometown and its rich cultural resources. For the perfect way to enjoy a holiday staycation along the water, spend part of the day in each museum.
Catch the not-to-be-missed North and South: Berenice Abbott’s US Route 1 exhibit, which will be running through January 11 at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and pick up a gorgeous Abbott monograph as a surprise for an art lover in your life. For all the children on your list, you won’t have to look further than The Florida Aquarium, where you can find a Toddler Shark Hoodie, a Submarine Bath Toy, and an Ocean Adventure Bucket filled with fun “undersea creatures.” (The bucket can double as a container for the shells and specimens you and the kids discover on the local beaches.) Meanwhile, the Tampa Museum of Art Museum Store has an extensive selection of art books, jewelry, ceramics, and other decorative objects inspired by the permanent collection and various exhibitions.
To round out your shopping list with a dose of luxury, and for those special-impact presents, take advantage of the fact that you are only a ten-minute drive from International Plaza and Bay Street, where Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Apple offer the chic bags, exquisite jewelry, and cutting-edge technology that become statement-making, heirloom, and most-wanted gifts.
And for a formal kick-off to your celebrations, there is nothing quite like the Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on December 22 to make you feel that there is no place else you would rather be this season. Boats lit like winter wonderland parade floats highlight all the joys of the season for young and old. The parade route circles Harbor Island, Davis Islands, and Downtown Tampa, marking the very water route that makes life at the luxury Tampa apartments for rent at Manor Riverwalk such an idyllic place to gather your family for the holidays.