After a rocky start - the meeting place was ambiguous & we were uncertain as to where we should park - we enjoyed a relaxed, informative, interesting tour of downtown Tampa and the Riverside. Dylan was our guide, and he filled us in on interesting tidbits about Tampa's history as well as its present. Did you know that Curtis Hixon Park has an amphitheater, and that the acoustics are perfect? Or that quotes are on River Walk walkway, and busts of famous Tampans are on display? If you want to know more, take the tour! The weather was perfect and the temperature was just right. We saw many birds - pelicans, cranes, and seagulls on the river, in the air, or resting inland - and even a dolphin. Dylan was also very accommodating when it came to taking pictures of us on the tour, or stopping so that we could take pictures. We booked a two hour tour, and we had a full two hours. We were not obligated to tip Dylan, but we did since he did a wonderful job of educating us about Tampa on our Segway tour. We will definitely book another tour, and we hope to bring friends to enjoy it with us, and we hope that Dylan is our guide once more!
Now for some tips that we wished that we had known:
1. Park in the surface parking lot next to Hooters in Channelside. It is free until 5PM each day. We parked in the garage, which was $1 a half-hour.
2. Meet at the large pin that is the symbol for the Splitsville bowling alley, but the actual point of departure is a large storefront next to the Del Sol shop.
3. If you have a bike helmet, bring it. The helmet I chose was loose since my head is small. I have a bike helmet, and forgot to bring it.
4. Avoid scheduling a tour at a time when the cruise ships are loading or discharging passengers. We got there just as the passengers were getting off the Carnival. It was very congested.
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