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701 Channelside Drive

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Recreation, Tours, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 3.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

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 twice 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 Fun Boat is another popular sightseeing option with daytime and sunset cruises. If you'd rather be the captain of your own boat, consider eBoats Tampa, which offers one- to four-hour boat rentals. No boating license is necessary. 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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Recent visitors were impressed by how well-maintained and clean the park is and noted that it's an ideal place to catch the sunset. You can access the Riverwalk from any number of places along the river. Visit the Friends of the Riverwalk website for more information and maps.

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