It was in 1926 that Gibsonton was named after James Gibson. James was a pilgrim who in the 1880s purchased 150 acres at the mouth of the Alafia River. The town was at different times called Garden City, Adamsville and “The Kitchen” for the abundant supply of oyster, fish and other seafood made available by Tampa Bay. There are a few dynamite encounters you can relish in the event that you will investigate Gibsonton. Some of them are;
Shopping and Dining
Most Gibsonton people drive to close-by Brandon, Riverview or Tampa for an extensive list of feasting and shopping alternatives, for example, the Westfield shopping center in Brandon or Hyde Park Village and Westshore Plaza in Tampa. Another Applebee’s and McDonald’s opened down the road in Apollo Beach in 2007. Within the town, attempt the Tropicana Bar, a Gibsonton fixtures on US 41 since 1961, you’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the Tropicana’s vivid painting with perspectives of the tropics and local games. On the other hand, drop by Showtown USA, a games bar at the intersection of US 41 and Mott Road, you’ll actually know this by its beautiful paintings of carnival life; the paintings, when initially painted, were too ribald to be in any way considered family fare and so were repainted rapidly to depict the more adequate paintings you see today. River’s Edge Lounge is another local top choice; on Ohio Avenue, this rural riverfront tavern and eatery takes into account bikers and boaters alike.
Relaxation and Play
There are so much to do in and around Gibsonton. It is host to the weeklong super trade show spectacle for the bazaar, diversion and jubilee industry. It is likewise home to East Bay Speedway which is found on Burts Road, a 1/3-mile oval dirt track where numerous races and occasions occur consistently. For all the calmer enjoyment, head over to Williams Park on Riverview Drive. With picnic zones and public pontoon ramps, Williams Park is viewed as one of the top freshwater angling districts in the Tampa Bay zone.
Gibsonton is additionally home to Bird and Sunken Isles, two artificial islands that when framed in the 1920s by digging at the mouth of the Alafia River, turned into a vital settling site for gulls, terns and skimmers. Today, these islands are referred to as the Richard Paul Sanctuary; they are possessed by the local phosphate organization and rented to the Audubon Society. Up to 18,000 sets of up to 20 types of bird’s nest there, making the Paul Sanctuary one of the biggest provinces in Florida and also a standout amongst the most divergent in the continental United States. The Sanctuary is, at this composition, just accessible to local schools in spite of the fact that there is discussion of opening the zone for public benefit too.
Despite the fact that you may not have the capacity to visit the Sanctuary, you can positively visit 80-acre Alafia Scrub Preserve, only east of I-75 on Gibsonton Drive as it offers a hiking trail and nature study open doors.