Lettuce Lake Park
If you are in the USF area, be sure to stop by Lettuce Lake Park. It is $2.00 per car to enter, and you could spend a good bit of your day there. There is a visitor’s center, walking paths, a boardwalk path, picnic areas with grills, and canoe/kayak rentals. You can wander around the trails. The boardwalk is a nice stroll with great views of the wildlife. There is also an observation tower to look out onto the Hillsborough River. We saw turtles, birds, squirrels, bugs, and alligators. Have you really visited Florida if you don’t see any alligators on your trip? Unfortunately, it had been raining in Tampa a lot so part of the boardwalk and the surrounding greenery were completely underwater. We had to cut our walk short. If you are feeling active and adventurous, consider taking a canoe or kayak out for a spin. You may be lucky enough to see an alligator sunning itself up close. Finally bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park.
As a proud USF alumni, visiting campus was at the top of my list. While you may be rolling your eyes, if you are in the area, I would recommend it whether or not you are a bulls fan. The campus has lots of scenic areas including a botanical garden, ponds, water features, lots of well-groomed landscapes, and of course the beautiful Marshall Student Center with the running bulls statues in front. (It is customary to “ride the bull” at least once as a student.) It was summer so the campus was mostly deserted, but during the school year, you may stumble upon an event. If you are looking for a relaxing area to read a book or go for a nice walk, the University of South Florida campus is perfect. Kaleisia- Kaleisia is known for its wide variety of tea, but it has coffee as well. There is a room to remove your shoes and sit on the floor if you like. It is a good place to read, study, or work.
Peabody’s- Peabody’s is a popular sports bar in the area. It is a good, chill bar to go out to at night. There are pool tables, darts, hockey tables, and foosball. They have your typical bar food and events depending on the night.
Jason’s Deli- Jason’s Deli is a great place to grab a casual lunch. They have sandwiches, wraps, loaded baked potatoes, soups, and salads.
Mr. Dunderbak’s- If you like German food and more importantly, beer, then Mr. Dunderbak’s is a good choice. They are a craft beer bar with an enormous selection of brews for your choosing. The space is small, and if there is an event like Trivia Night, it can be hard to get a spot so come early.