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New water taxi history tours arrive in Tampa this March

Photo of yellow water taxi boat

Take a deep dive into Tampa’s history along the Hillsborough River with a Tampa Bay History Center docent. The Pirate Water Taxi is already one of our favorite ways to explore the city, and this partnership with the History Center just deepens our appreciation for the fun transit alternative.

The 1-hour cruise will feature narration as well as viewing the sights of Downtown Tampa from the Pirate Water Taxi. The cruise will set sail from stop 7 located at the Tampa Convention Center (333 S Franklin St) where guests will cruise north to Armature Works (1910 N Ola Ave). On the return trip, the cruise will catch a glimpse of the Tampa Bay History Center before returning to Stop 7.


multiple yellow water taxis in the water
Pirate Water Taxis, and the Cross-Bay Ferry are among transport hubs right next to the Convention Center

The next upcoming cruise is set for March 22. Docent Mary Jo Shenk, a graduate of Florida State University and a 10-year docent at the Tampa Bay History Center, has lived in Tampa for more than five decades. She has rich, personal memories of early encounters with some of Tampa’s most notorious historical residents, with interesting stories to tell. Mary Jo also volunteers at St. John’s Episcopal Church as well as the Tampa Garden Club.

Boarding time is 6:15pm with opportunities for mingling. Tickets are $34.95 and available for purchase online.

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