Release the Kraken: Tampa’s First Cycleboat Cruises Along Riverwalk

Travel options pile up downtown.


The transformation of Tampa’s Riverwalk continues to connect residents and visitors alike to all that our downtown area has to offer. Whether you want to learn the history of our fabulous city at The Tampa Bay History Center, or experience the award-winning food and brews at Ulele, the Riverwalk reveals and shapes the limitless potential of our city and its entrepreneurial spirit.

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Introducing Florida’s first cycleboat.

Prepare to experience Tampa in an entirely new way. Back in October, Florida got its first CycleBoat. Kraken is a human-powered 32-foot Catamaran with a large paddlewheel in the back that can accommodate up to 15 guests. It’s similar to the pedal pub concept that has become so popular in the St. Pete area.

It’s a workout. It’s a bar. It’s a new way to explore Tampa.

Kraken guests will sit on their 10 pedal stations situated around a rectangular mahogany bar/cooler area and pedal as if on a bike, to propel the paddlewheel, and in turn, the boat. Guests can store any beverages/snacks they would like on the boat and store in the cooler. We also highly recommend you create an appropriate playlist for your Kraken outing. The boat is equipped with a sound system compatible with almost every electronic device.

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DCIM285GOPRO || Photo via Cascade Cycleboats

Co-owners Tony Medina and Jeff Rhoades were inspired to bring the concept to Tampa after enjoying a cycle boat tour of Nashville. Kraken offers public tours that are exclusively 21 and over, as well as tours that allow children age 13 and older to board. Private charters are also available. To book your cruise and to learn more about pricing you can call them at 813.603.3117. Click HERE to see their full calendar.

Kraken now has pickup locations on both sides of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Kraken launches from the Tampa Convention Center Marina, 333 South Franklin Street. They also just recently launched at Gulfport’s Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Avenue. Follow them on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on group deals, discounts and rides.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me