Staying fit in the Tampa Bay area can include both indoor and outdoor experiences. Enjoy running through scenic trails lined with Florida’s tropical palms, go rock climbing and horseback riding or workout at a health club. If you are visiting the Tampa Bay area and want to stay fit, there are miles of jogging paths and fitness locations that can keep you on the path to good health.

Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park
312 Bayshore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 274-8211

If you are looking for a place to walk, go jogging, enjoy bicycling or just take in some of the best open-air scenery in the Tampa Bay area, then Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park may be the spot you’ve been looking for. The 10-foot-wide sidewalk lines the calm blue waters of Tampa Bay, forming a path that’s more than four miles long. Take in the sights of the water, historic homes and tropical greenery Florida is famous for while keeping fit on the outdoor trail.

Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym
5402 Pioneer Park Blvd., Suite E
Tampa, FL 33634
(813) 884-7625

If you are looking for an alternative way to workout, indoor rock climbing is a great way to stay fit. Vertical Ventures Rock Climbing Gym offers introductory classes for beginners, as well as walls for more experienced rock climbers. There are also areas for private parties, special group rates and corporate packages available.

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Al Lopez Park
4810 N. Himes Ave.
Tampa, FL 33614
(813) 348-1172

There are dozens of different ways to stay fit at this Tampa park. In addition to 132 acres of wildlife trails, there are ball fields, tennis courts, a dog park and even a unique playground area at the Hunt Community Center. Grills and picnic areas are also located throughout the park. Al Lopez Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Flatwoods Wilderness Park
14302 Morris Bridge Road
Temple Terrace, FL 33592
(813) 987-6211

Enjoy hiking, running and bicycle riding through seven miles of paved trails at Flatwoods Park. There are also nature trails, as well as picnic tables, camping sites and canoe rentals available. Pets are welcome to join you when you visit this park. With “wilderness” in the name, you might even see a few native animals while you’re out and about.

Lake Rogers Park
9010 N. Mobley Road
Odessa, FL 33556
(813) 264-3917

Stay fit while visiting Tampa Bay with a trip to Lake Rogers Park. In addition to jogging trails, canoeing and fishing at the park’s lakes, there is an archery range and equestrian facilities. Playgrounds located throughout the 600-acre park make it a great place for the whole family to maintain an active lifestyle.

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