- Recreation, Sightseeing, Tours Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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Make the most of Tampa's coastal location with a boat tour around its bay. You'll have your pick of tour options, including sunset sails, half-day trips and dolphin cruises. If you're already planning to visit the Florida Aquarium, consider penciling in some time for its Wild Dolphin Cruise. The tour, which departs from the aquarium daily, includes a 75-minute ride on a 72-foot catamaran. The aim of the tour is to get far enough into Tampa Bay to see the hundreds of bottlenose dolphins that call the area home, but you'll also likely spot several bird species and the occasional sea turtle. Note that you'll have to purchase the aquarium's combo ticket if you want to tack this experience onto your visit.
Tampa Bay Sailing Tours also comes highly recommended by past travelers. Trips on the company's 36-foot catamaran range from half- to full-day tours around the bay and include snacks and beverages. Tickets range from $79 to $119 per person, depending on the length of the tour. For a more traditional sailing excursion, consider booking with Olde World Sailing Line, also a favorite among recent Tampa visitors. This 44-foot sailing yacht ups the luxury with its private sunset dinner cruises and full moon sailings.
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