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ISLAND HOPPER PRIVATE TOUR – 10K

hopper 10k
Maximize your time on the water with a gorgeous run around both of Tampa’s stunning ’downtown’ islands.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    10 km / 6.2 mi
  • Tour Duration

    1h45min
  • Level of Difficulty

    easy
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Individual tour start times. Please select a preferred tour start time during the booking process.
  • Tour Language

    English

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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Tampa’s Island Hopper tour is the ultimate experience for anyone who loves running by the water. Starting off downtown along the Riverwalk, we’ll see both islands just over the water, as we head east along the Garrison Channel. Gorgeous views of the downtown skyline, Amalie Arena and the History Center line our left, complimented by equally stunning views of our first destination, Harbor Island, on our right.

Keep an eye on your left side for any cruise ships coming into port, as we cross the water onto Harbor Island. Not a large island, we’ll quickly make our way into the center where you’ll hear about Harbor Island when it was known as Seddon Island. With the city of Tampa, the boats along the water and the palm trees right in front of us, this makes for one of many great photo opportunities. Leaving the smell of fresh seafood behind, we’ll tell you more about the island today and perhaps suggest some dinner plans if anything struck your fancy on the run, as we loop around and head back to the mainland.

Back across the water, breezing by the Convention Center where we first started, we’re quickly on our way to Davis Island. The Platt Street Bridge takes us over the Hillsborough River and comes complete with my personal favorite view of the city; I’ve probably taken this photo over 200 times!

A short jaunt down Bayshore Boulevard (the longest contiguous sidewalk in the world), we’ll pass by Jose Gaspar’s pirate ship before landing on Davis Island. Learning all about the history of Gasparilla and the many traditions (and interesting stories) that come with it, each year, we’ll be bombarded with stunning views of the water just past the Garden and Yacht clubs. Views of the residential side of Harbor Island are possible now and line the entire water side of our loop, while your guide tells the story of D. P. Davis and his mysterious death.

Known for it’s tight-knit community and laid-back lifestyle, you’ll be surprised to hear about some of the celebrities who have lived or who still live on the island, as we now pass through the center of town. Delicious restaurants, coffee shops, a few watering holes and local stores line Davis Blvd and are mainly frequented by locals. As we depart the island and make our way back, we’ll provide plenty of local insight regarding anything from restaurants to shops or anything else that you might be interested in while in town. I’m quite certain that after you run the islands, you’ll find any excuse to go back very soon!

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at our standard meeting point.

    Standard meeting point:
    We meet you at: Please meet in front of the Pirate Water Taxi boats (large yellow bus-like boats, directly in front of the Sail Pavilion bar).
    333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602
    Google Maps link: The Sail Pavilion

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Tour route
    • Pick-up service
  • DO YOU CANCEL IF IT RAINS?
    No, we do not cancel if it rains. If conditions are extremely bad (severe lightning, etc.) we will cancel and notify you, but expect to run if it's just raining out.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    Ideally, except in January/February you are going to want to be in shorts and a tank top. It's Florida, so it's generally pretty warm out- even early in the morning or late in the evening.

    IS THERE WATER ON THE TOUR?
    We will provide water on our 10k and longer tours, as well as opportunities to stop along the way at water fountains.

    HOW FAST DO YOU RUN ON THE TOURS, DO I HAVE TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?
    Absolutely not - the tours are at your own pace. You tell us how fast you want to run and we cater to you.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO STORE BAGS AND CLOTHES AT THE PLACE WE START?
    Unfortunately, no - please pack lightly.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY?
    Yes, we want you to get all of the pictures that you want on your tour of Tampa. We will have some stops for photos, but if you see something along the way that you want to stop to grab a picture of, just let your guide know.

    DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL PICK-UP SERVICE?
    We do have a pick-up service, but please check with your guide first. Pick-up service is limited to the downtown/ local area and to private tours.

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
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We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • 9. Guides will arrange tour details with you
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  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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