Tampa is a one of the most picturesque harbors in Florida and it’s waterfront is filled with beautiful hotels, homes, museums, shipyards and many other attractions. As we looked for something fun and interesting to do during our family vacation in Tampa taking a tour of the city from the water seemed to be a wonderful idea. After seeing all the great reviews we decided to book a sightseeing cruise aboard one of Tampa Water Taxi Co‘s Never Never Land boats.
We boarded the boat on the dock of the hotel we where staying, so this was really convenient and easy. We started off sailing on the Hillsborough river from where we got the best views of the University of Tampa, the Riverwalk, the Tampa Museum of Art and other interesting buildings and attractions. The kids where really excited to see the replica pirate ship, learn about the local wildlife and watch as other boats and sailboats glided through the Tampa Bay waters.
We then went out into Tampa Bay where we sailed past Davis Island and had the opportunity to admire some of the most beautiful and largest homes in Tampa, including “St. Jetersburgh” New York Yankee Derek Jeter’s mansion.
We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the city and it’s history as Captain Larry shared with us historic information, fun facts and interesting stories and anecdotes. He was knowledgeable, entertaining and awesome with the kids. We felt like we where being shown around the city by an old friend. We have been on other boat tours before and my children tend to get bored but this was not the case on this trip where the kids even got to steer the Never Never Land!
We had heard that on most of the trips you are able to spot dolphins who feed in the Tampa Bay. The dolphins played hard to get on this particular day and we didn’t get to see any but we did get the opportunity to see countless stingray couples mating. We live in Florida and see dolphins often but we had never seen stingrays mating, so this was pretty exciting. Captain Larry told us that in a few weeks schools of baby sting rays can bee seen everywhere. We will plan a trip during that time of the year in the future as I would love to see that!
The tour lasted about an hour and during that time we got to enjoy some of the most beautiful sights Tampa Bay has to offer and learned a lot about the city. The experience was fun, interesting and memorable. I would highly recommend this as a great way to experience Tampa with Kids.
We took a harbor cruise but there are lost of other options including a sunset cruises, history cruises, eco cruises and a Pirate Treasure Hunt cruise for kids on Sundays. You can also arrange private group charters and point to point trips on the river to turn a regular dinner out into a special occasion.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary cruise aboard a Tampa Water Taxi Co. boat. However all opinions are sincere and are my own.
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