Best Free Educational Tour (That's Fun, Too)

SeaPort Adventure Tour

Run by the Tampa Port Authority, this 90-minute-or-so jaunt is an engaging eye-opener for those who may have wondered what the port looks like from the water (you have to have special clearance to get in via land), or for those who may have wondered: What the hell goes on there? You hop aboard a spacious boat at the Florida Aquarium called the Bay Spirit and take a route that hugs the coastline to the port, where over the course of several miles you can see huge industrial edifices, docks, ships and unloading equipment. What you won’t see are stevedores with hooks in their hands; dock work’s not about that anymore. SeaPort Adventure is a terrific way to get out on the water and see a side of Tampa that people don’t ordinarily get to experience. The tour runs Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. Outside the Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, Reservations required. Call 813-905-5131.

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