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Mindfulness Escapes at Water Works Park and Armature Works

Listen closely. This is about a sacred escape, nestled within the bustling city. An escape where nature meets urban in an aesthetic dance of tranquility. It's about Water Works Park and Armature Works. These two gems of Tampa provide a haven of peace amidst the city's hustle and bustle. And the purpose of sharing this is that you too, like me, can find your moments of calm in this city's embrace.


Riverwalk by Armature Works Tampa FL (c) Kat Mahoney Katnip & Coffee

Exploring Water Works Park

Let's begin with Water Works Park. It's situated right on the Tampa Riverwalk, a beautiful location that speaks volumes of its serenity. The amenities are nothing short of fantastic. From lush green spaces for picnics to adventure-filled walking trails, it caters to all. But what truly makes Water Works Park special is the activities it offers. Boating, kayaking, the choices are aplenty.


The park buzzed with life when I visited this weekend. The weather was a beautiful 80 degrees. Boaters and kayakers filled the river, waving as they went past and smiling. The traveling Posie Floral wagons moved in along the dock, adding to the vibrant atmosphere. Accompanied by my husband and two of my adult kids, we found a beautiful spot where we could relax in the adirondack chairs with food, drinks, and music. It was a moment to cherish.


The park offers the perfect escape. It gives you a chance to disconnect from your chaotic routine and reconnect with nature. The scenic beauty, the calming ambiance, it all comes together to offer a truly soothing experience. I closed my eyes and let the sounds around me form a harmonious symphony of peace. It was a perfect day.


Armature Works  Riverwalk Tampa FL (c) Kat Mahoney Katnip & CoffeeRiverwalk by Armature Works Tampa FL (c) Kat Mahoney Katnip & Coffee

Finding Calm at Armature Works

Moving on to Armature Works, it carries a rich history that adds to its allure. It's more than just a structure; it's a testament to Tampa's rich heritage. The atmosphere is unique, offering a blend of past and present. It's an ambiance that invites you to slow down and take in the beauty of your surroundings.


The following are some of my personal experiences at Armature Works:


  1. My visit was nothing short of delightful. The historic building, now a modern marketplace, welcomed me with open arms.

  2. The food options were diverse, ranging from traditional American fare to unique ethnic delicacies.

  3. I was mesmerized by the building's architecture. A perfect blend of history and modernity.

  4. The view from Armature Works, overlooking the Hillsborough River, is breathtaking. It provides a serene backdrop to this bustling marketplace.

  5. The ambiance was so calming that I found myself lost in the beauty of the moment. It was a feeling of serenity amidst the city's chaos.


Kat and husband CJ relaxing at Armature Works Riverwalk Tampa FL (c) Kat Mahoney, Katnip & Coffee

Mindfulness Escapes

Mindfulness is more than a trend. It's a need. In today's fast-paced society, it's essential to slow down and soak in the moments of calm. Water Works Park and Armature Works aren't just places to visit, but experiences to be had. I encourage you to visit and find your own moments of peace. The experience is likely to be transformative, providing respite in this city life.


Whether it's the serene environment of Water Works Park or the history-laden ambiance of Armature Works, both provide an escape from the city's hustle. They offer a chance to experience the power of mindfulness, to appreciate the beauty of the present moment.

So, whether you're a local or a visitor, take a moment for yourself. Visit these places. Breathe. Observe. Reflect. Be present.



After all, it's not just about writing words; it's about inspiring a balance. A place of your own to indulge in the peace and mindfulness of life. It's about finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. This weekend I certainly found an extraordinary moment in an ordinary day.


Take a peek at more photos I shot at the Riverwalk in Tampa FL



What did you do this weekend to relax and unwind?


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