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September 16, 2019
Inside of a casual restaurant in Riverview, Florida
Leaven Brewing

A suburb about 15 miles from Tampa, the Riverview neighborhood has its own personality with easy access to shopping, beaches, riverside restaurants, and bars. Animal lovers can check out the manatee viewing center to spot sea cows and other aquatic life. Explore Florida’s marshland at Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve with hiking trails, birdwatching, and a scenic overlook. Apollo Beach is just a short drive away for access to one of the states’ many premium beaches. Of course, you’ll get plenty of sun since the area gets an average 244 sunny days a year. That fact alone might have attracted people to settle here, and there’s a high percentage of homeowners: just over 66% of residents own their homes.

One surprising element of the neighborhood is the amount of tasty local fare within the suburban sprawl. Residents don’t have to travel far for delicious and authentic Thai cuisine at the local Thai Temple Sunday Market. Or visit a riverside joint that often hosts live music, Aj’s on the River. Venture into downtown Tampa to meander the riverwalk and choose from dozens more highly rated local restaurants.

Families will enjoy visiting the Glazer’s Children’s Museum with interactive exhibits, or checking out the expansive Florida Aquarium. — Chloe Wilt