Oct 13 2014


Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-722-6621
Cell 941-932-1006

PALMETTO, Fla. – One of the Tampa Bay area’s favorite free attractions – Port Manatee’s award-winning public tram tour program – is slated to resume Oct. 20, following a summer hiatus.

The free tours, for which advance reservations are required, offer local residents and visitors alike an eye-opening, up-close view of Port Manatee and Tampa Bay, from shipping activity to wildlife, as guests learn about the port’s role in commerce and environmental protection.

The port’s open-air tram is scheduled to depart for the one-and-a-quarter-hour tour at 10 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday through May 13, with guests asked to arrive at the port’s north entrance with government-issued photo identification by 9:30 a.m.

Security protocols require reservations at least one week in advance, but, because tours tend to fill up quickly, earlier reservations are highly recommended.

Groups are limited to 75, with all reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups of five or fewer may book tours via an online reservation system – at www.portmanatee.com/tours.aspx – while those making reservations for larger groups must do so by phoning 941-722-6621. Name and contact information is required for each tour guest.

Also, those wishing to reach tram tour guests with advertising messages may contact 941-722-6621 for additional information.

The tram tour program, which has hosted more than 50,000 guests since initiated in 1998, has been honored with multiple awards from the American Association of Port Authorities.

Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.

Port Manatee’s open-air tram takes preregistered guests on a tour of ManateeCounty’s seaport.