Public Tours

Port Manatee offers free public tours to anyone who would like a behind-the-scenes look at the port. Port Manatee tram tours include knowledgeable tour guides, fantastic views of Tampa Bay and up-close encounters with large, oceangoing ships. 

The tour season begins in mid-October and ends in May. Tours take place Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  and  last approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

Please note: The Port Manatee tram tours are fully booked for the 2016/2017 season

Tour reservations for the 2017/2018 season can made online starting mid-September 2017

Please note:

  • Security protocols require that all reservations be made at least one week in advance.
  •  We require the name for each person in your party.
  • A government-issued photo ID for each guest is required at check-in. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m.
  • The tram leaves promptly at 10 a.m.
  • Food, beverages and restroom facilities are not available during the tour. Tours are not given on rainy days.
  • Please no photography during the tour


If a tour is cancelled, we will make every effort to contact you by 9 a.m. If you need to cancel a tour, please give as much notice as possible so we may accommodate others. You can cancel online or contact us at


Access tram departure point via Piney Point Road (North entrance to the port). Cross two railroad tracks. Turn right into tram parking lot.