Tucked within the city limits of Tampa is Hyde Park, a historic neighborhood that evokes the feeling of old Florida with its historic homes and bungalows. The first houses here were built in the 1880s and the area expanded rapidly. Wondering why Swann and Rome Avenues are wider than their narrower neighboring streets? The street car line used to run down these two thoroughfares.
Now, Hyde Park is not only a desirable neighborhood to live in, but it’s also home to Hyde Park Village, a collection of upscale boutiques, cafes and restaurants located among the residential streets. Hyde Park Village is becoming a destination unto itself, with a calendar of events that range from the monthly fresh market to painting classes at one of the shops and a weekly running club. SoHo (a district centered around South Howard Avenue) contains some of the area’s most popular bars and nightclubs, with patrons being shuttled between core districts like Hyde Park, Downtown and Ybor City in electric vehicles called NEVS (Neighborhood Electric Vehicles).
Hyde Park’s approximate boundaries include the Hillsborough Bay to the east, Kennedy Boulevard to the north, Bayshore Boulevard to the east and south and Armenia Avenue to the west. It’s located adjacent to downtown and the University of Tampa.