Channelside Drive - Tampa

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Channelside Drive wraps around Downtown Tampa from the Tampa Convention Center to Port Tampa Bay. A number of entertainment venues and attractions line the boulevard, including Amalie Arena (home of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning), The Florida Aquarium and the Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal. Additionally a number of condominium complexes rise between Channelside Drive and Meridian Avenue, representing an increasingly vibrant Channel District.

North between Kennedy Boulevard and Adamo Drive, Channelside Drive is a part of U.S. 41 Business and SR 60. The two routes turn east along side the elevated Selmon Expressway (SR 618) while Channelside Drive extends two blocks north from Adamo Drive to a roundabout with East 3rd Avenue at Historic YBor City. The future Tampa Bay Rays stadium will be constructed along the east side of Channelside Drive, between Adamo Drive and 4th Avenue in Ybor City. The ball park may be completed in 2023.

Channelside Drive east
Channelside Drive continues Platt Street east under the Tampa Convention Center. Beyond Franklin Street, this overhead directs motorists onto Florida Avenue north toward I-275. Photo taken 01/19/14.
A pair of trailblazers accompany the overhead for Florida Avenue north to both I-4 and I-275. Florida Avenue flows north through Downtown, eventually becoming a part of U.S. 41 Business north of Kennedy Boulevard. Scott Street links the route with I-275 leading into the Downtown Interchange with I-4. Photo taken 01/19/14.
Channelside Drive derives itself from Platt Street east of the Hillsborough River parallel to both Garrison and Ybor Channels. After passing the Amalie Arena, Channelside Drive splits with Jefferson Street north to SR 618. Photo taken 01/28/07.
Old Water Street encircles the back side of the entertainment venue between Franklin Street and Channelside Drive. Photo taken 01/28/07.
Approaching Beneficial Drive south and Meridian Avenue north ahead of the Channelside entertainment district on Channelside Drive east. Meridian Avenue leads north directly to U.S. 41 Business & SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) and the express lanes of the Selmon Expressway. Beneficial Drive spans Garrison Channel south onto Harbour Island. Photo taken 01/28/07.
Entering the intersection of Beneficial Drive and Meridian Avenue on Channelside Drive east. Channelside is home to a cruise terminal, the Florida Aquarium, the Channelside Shops and several upscale condominiums. Photo taken 01/28/07.
A streetcar line follows Channelside Drive northward from the Tampa Convention Center into Ybor City. Photo taken 10/19/13.
Dynamic message signs are posted in and near Channelside for the various cruise ship terminals and their associated parking areas. Photo taken 10/19/13.
Leaving the roundabout with Cumberland Avenue, Channelside Drive advances north toward U.S. 41 Business & SR 60 (Kennedy Boulevard) and the Selmon Expressway. Photo taken 10/19/13.
One of many new condominium complexes was built at the corner of Channelside Drive and Washington Street in the mid-2000s revitalization effort of Downtown. Photo taken 10/19/13.
U.S. 41 Business south & SR 60 east follow Kennedy Boulevard east from Nebraska Avenue (SR 45) to Channelside Drive north. Photo taken 10/19/13.
The overlapped routes use Channelside to Adamo Drive at Ybor City. Photo taken 10/19/13.
Leaving the intersection with SR 60 (Adamo Drive) and 12th Street, Channelside Drive nears the roundabout with 4th Avenue opposite Nuccio Parkway. Photo taken 03/19/06.
Channelside Drive splits into 4th Avenue east into central Ybor City and Nuccio Parkway north to Ybor City campus of Hillsborough County Community College. Photo taken 03/19/06.

Photo Credits:

  • 03/19/06 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 01/28/07 by AARoads and Justin Cozart.
  • 10/19/13 by AARoads.
  • 01/19/14 by AARoads.

Connect with:
U.S. 41 Business - Tampa
State Road 60
State Road 618 - Lee Roy Selmon Expressway

Page Updated 08-21-2018.