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Tampa Riverwalk among finalists for USA Today's '10Best Riverwalks'

The 10 winning riverwalks will be announced on Friday, Feb. 17.

TAMPA, Fla. — Mayor Jane Castor has been trying to tell everyone Tampa has it all.

The Tampa Riverwalk is among the top 20 finalists in USA Today's 10Best Riverwalks across the U.S. and as of this writing, it's in the lead. People who love the Tampa Riverwalk can help keep it in the top spot by casting their own vote. Voting ends at noon on Feb. 6.

The 10 winning riverwalks will be announced on Friday, Feb. 17.

Up against the Tampa Riverwalk, there is the Chicago Riverwalk, Charles River Esplanade in Boston, Detroit International Riverwalk, San Antonio River Walk, Tennessee River Park and more. 

The 2.6-mile-long Tampa Riverwalk connects businesses, parks and museums along the riverfront in Tampa. It's also a hosting site for performances, art, leisure and fitness activities. 

So far, Waterfront Park in Louisville, Kentucky, has been giving Tampa a run for its money. When this story was originally published, Louisville had a lead over Tampa. They've since flipped.

Following behind Tampa and Louisville is the Smale Riverfront Park in Cincinnati, the Mississippi Riverwalk in Dubuque, Iowa and the San Antonio Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Don't be surprised if you spot kayakers, boaters and other watercraft floating down the river either. 

Speaking of boats, plenty of boat parades take place along the Tampa Riverwalk to celebrate holidays, championships and the Gasparilla pirate festival.

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