The artistic bridge lighting, designed by artist Tracey Dear, is a permanent addition to downtown. And the lights turn on every night. The following is information on the best viewing vistas for the bridges, as well as Frequently Asked Questions. Any additional questions may be directed to info@lightsontampa.org:

WHAT TIME WILL THE LIGHTS TURN ON? The lights turn on 30 minutes prior to sunset and go off at sunrise. They change color every 30 seconds throughout the night.

The best place to view the bridge lights is by boat or by foot along the Riverwalk. There are specific vistas along the Riverwalk (listed below) which are vantage points for viewing the five different bridges. Parts of the Riverwalk take you under the bridges for an up-close and personal experience with the lights. This downloadable map also shows the various points to experience the bridge lighting.

  - The Riverwalk at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park gives you a platform to see CSX Railroad Bridge and Kennedy Bridge

  - Walk the Riverwalk – From MacDill Park towards the Convention Center, walk the Riverwalk to directly experience the artistic lighting. This section of the Riverwalk will take you under Brorein Street Bridge, Expressway Authority Overpass and Platt Street Bridge, and you will be able to experience the lights in this area.  This section of the Riverwalk also continues to the Channel District.

WHERE SHOULD I DOCK MY BOAT? Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the Tampa Convention Center both have places to dock.  NOTE: The boat tie downs at each location are first come, first served. Come early and grab dinner before the lights turn on! 

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS? The lights turn on every night, even in the event of rain.

There are a number of places to park downtown – the City of Tampa has convenient on-street parking and a number of city lots.


Coming from Ybor or Channel District? Take the TECO Line Streetcar all the way to the end of the line into the heart of Downtown. The walk to Curtis Hixon Park is just a half mile from the end of the line. TECO Line Streetcar is $2.50 each way (cash) and runs until 2:00 a.m.

While you’re in downtown, There are also several great places to eat and play.  Whether you'd like to see a film at the Tampa Theatre, or grab a show at the Straz Center, make a night of it! Visit the Tampa Downtown Partnership for information on downtown fun.  

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