- April 2, 2017
- Posted by: Topher Morrison
- Category: 49 Things Before I Turn 49
I kicked of my 49 adventures with something I’ve been wanting to do ever since it launched. Rent a pontoon bike and pedal up the Hillsborough River.
Tampa Water Bikes offers hourly rentals for bicycles mounted on top of 2 big yellow plastic pontoons. They look weird. They appear to be wildly inefficient. Frankly, they look like they are far more work than they are worth. But to my surprise, they scoot through the water quite quickly and the entire experience was a lot of fun. I will definitely do it again!
I think the part I loved the most, apart from being on water – who wouldn’t like that? Was that I was able to pedal up the river and look at my favorite city from a completely different perspective. It’s one thing to be in Tampa looking at the beautiful river that flows through the heart of our city, but it’s a completely different vibe to be on that river looking at the city.
It’s a little intimidating the first time a big boat goes by, but only the first time, as when it happens, you really get a feeling how sturdy they are, despite feeling a bit top-heavy the moment you get on them. It’s just an illusions, they are very stable and I think you’d have to be doing something pretty stupid to overturn one of them.
If you’ve ever been to The Sail Pavilion by the Convention Center you know where to go to rent these bikes. You can’t miss them – they are bright yellow! Just walk down to the dock and in 10 minutes you can be off peddling your way up or down the river.
For a first time trip I would recommend renting for 1 or 2 hours. Peddle up to Curtis Hixon Park, and then tie up at the dock, enjoy a snack at one of the hot dog vendors, then head back.
One down, 48 to go!!! Got any suggestions for what I should do? Please let me know in the comments section!