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“Travel interest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Tampa, FL
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Ranked #3 of 88 attractions in Tampa
Type: Bridges
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Spring Hill, Florida
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“Travel interest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Nice views of Tampa Bay. It's a tall bridge that was unique when it was built. You can see the local islands, boats, and an occasional cruise ship. Many people use the remains of the old bridge as a fishing pier.

Visited December 2013
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“Great view.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Having traveled over the bridge a number of times was a joy to take my family over and stop at the visitor center to read some of the history and take a picnic lunch. had to move fast as my wife does not like heights nor water so her trip was a little limited but my kids loved it. Just be sure and pay attention to any wind warnings and fog, as this makes for an even more exciting trip over the bridge. Several friends had worked on the construction of the bridge and have heard and shared some interesting stories about what you see below you when doing this type of work.

Visited July 2013
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“Definitely worth the $1.25 toll fee - great views, great bridge”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We were staying in Clearwater so did the detour just to go over the bridge and it was definitely worth it.

Love the history of the bridge, the old bridge was demolished in 1990 after being hit by freighter Summit Venture in a violent storm in 1980. The freighter knocked 1,261 feet out of the old bridge centre span. 35 people on the bridge died in a greyhound bus on their way to Miami. The only survivor was a truck driver, whose truck, by chance landed on the deck of the Summit Venture!!

The new Sunshine Skyway Bridge was built at a cost of $245 million dollars and opened in 1987. It is the world's longest cable stayed bridge and is 4 miles long. It has a protection system of 36 large concrete bumpers (called dolphins) built to withstand impact of rogue frieghters!!

The bridge area has the best fishing in the region - anglers have caught 1000 tiger sharks from the bridge.

If you are in the area, definitely go over this little piece of history.

Visited December 2013
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“Breathtaking Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

I love this bridge--every time I go over it, it takes my breath away. There is an area to pull off on the side with restrooms and picnic tables. The bathrooms are always clean. It is also a great fishing spot. Its nice to pull over and take in some of the fresh air and beautiful views.

Visited November 2013
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“Many Choices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is not just a bridge for crossing the bay .The old span is used for fishing. The views are wonderful . Come by at the right time and see a cruise ship pass right under you.

Visited November 2013
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