The Best Apartments in Tampa Near Parks

Sure, you want your new place to have phenomenal features inside and wonderful amenities on site, but even the most well equipped rental community can’t take the place of an expansive park in which to exercise, relax, commune with nature or be part of the local scene.

For outdoorsy types, check out this roster of the 10 best Tampa apartments near parks.

10. The Palms at Sand Lake

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The Palms at Sand Lake offers one- and two-bedroom units right off I-275 and just minutes from the University of South Florida.

In addition to the green space on the property, University Area Community Park, Copeland Park Trail and USF Botanical Gardens are all just a short drive away.

9. Adagio at Westshore Palms

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With smoke-free condo-style living in Tampa’s Westshore district, residents at Adagio at Westshore Palms enjoy a convenient urban lifestyle that’s situated virtually equidistant from both MacFarlane and Cypress Pointe Parks.

But those with children will really love the supreme proximity of small but mighty Charles B. Williams park and its fun, energy-burning playground.

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8. Novel Riverwalk

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Nightlife, businesses, shopping, restaurants, museums — you name it and Novel Riverwalk is within walking distance.

Same goes for parks, as its location puts it nearby Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park, Water Works Park, Herman Massey Park and even more!

7. The Ella at Encore (Senior Living)

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Residents here at The Ella at Encore, named for Ms. Fitzgerald herself, likely appreciate the classics. There’s nothing more classic than enjoying time outside in Florida, reading on a park bench, feeding squirrels, or perhaps playing a spirited game of checkers, chess or dominoes with a friend.

You can walk to Perry Harvey, Sr. Park in about two minutes’ time from the Ella and enjoy all of that, plus some really inspiring public art.

6. South Pointe Apartments

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Patios, a pool and outdoor grilling already amp up the Floridian lifestyle at South Pointe Apartments, but nearby Ballast Point Park takes it up another notch with its 600-foot pier, shaded splash park, playground, picnic areas, gazebo and boat dock!

You’ll also find photo-worthy views of downtown and a bait shack if you feel like testing your luck with a pole!

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5. Cortona South Tampa

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Sure, you’ll have your own resort-style pool at Cortona South Tampa, but nearby Bobby Hicks Pool, with its playground and lake view pier, offers up city facilities in which you can practice your crawl and butterfly unhindered. They offer classes and swim programs for everyone from young children all the way up to seniors.

4. Trio at Encore

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Tampa’s burgeoning Encore neighborhood is rife with artistic nods. The address, for example, is Ray Charles Ave.! Trio at Encore is convenient to several parks, including Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and the spoils of Ybor City.

And if art is something you hold dear, stroll on over to Perry Harvey, Sr. Park where towering sculptures of musicians, dancers and a jukebox stress music’s place in this beautiful city’s history.

3. Element

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Element sits prone in the heart of Tampa’s Arts District. Museums, restaurants, bars, entertainment and more are all well located and within walking distance, as, too, are several beautiful green outdoor spaces.

For example, just a quarter-mile stroll will bring you to Jose Chillura Courthouse Square, a small but lovely space with a domed stage that’s available for rent. This park is home to Eat @ Joe’s, a lunchtime concert series that’s county-sponsored.

2. Tempo at Encore

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Tempo at Encore enjoys the same proximity to the above-mentioned parks, as well as the parent- and child-friendly Water Works Park. Just six minutes’ drive from home (once you move here!) this public space features a dog park, expansive lawn, playground and a clean and inviting splash pad in which your kids can cool off during one of Tampa’s many hot, sunny days.

1. NINE15

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Downtown Tampa may be urban — in fact, increasingly so — but city planners have made it a point to capitalize on its beautiful bay-front location. Just minutes by car from the spectacular NINE15 high-rise, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park is an 8-acre oasis that’s ideal for all sorts of park activities, from picnics to exercise. Residents love heading here after dark for regular free concerts and other events.

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We looked at all apartments in Tampa and rated them on the number of parks within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, parks located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our park counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.

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