Tampa Speed Boat Adventures
Tampa, Florida, USA
- 13-foot mini speedboat: : Steer your own boat just like a car using a throttle for forward, reverse, and neutral. Cruise slowly or add speed to go as fast as a jet ski. You decide.
- Narrated, guided tour: Glide through area waterways as you hear a narrated guide point out National Wildlife Refuges, Fort DeSoto Park, and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
- Dolphin and marine life sightings: Look for native sea creatures popping up in the clear waters. Frequent visitors include dolphin pods, manatees, and sea birds.
About this Tampa, Florida tour
You're in the driver's seat! That's right. You're the captain on this unique aquatic adventure. No experience or boating license required. Just a passion for fun and a need for speed.
First-time boaters will feel at ease behind the wheel of these eco-friendly, super quiet 13-foot mini speed boats, with room for up to three people. Why? Your boat is equipped with a radio communication system from which you'll hear a skilled guide keeping you on course while entertaining you with lively narration about the sights you'll see.
And what sights they are. Tampa Bay's National Wildlife Refuges Egmont Key, Pinellas, and Passage Key protect breeding grounds for colonial water birds, as well as provide habitat for shore birds, land turtles and tortoises, and plants. Historic Fort DeSoto Park boasts three miles of white sandy beach and is home to more than 328 species of birds and the loggerhead sea turtle. And you can't miss the dazzling yellow cables of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, also known as the "flag bridge" of Florida, the state's most important bridge.
Get an adrenaline rush and feel the power of the open water as you soar through Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. Your boat has come in, captain, my captain.
Driving on Sunshine
Ranked number three in the Travel Channel's "Top 10 Bridges" of the world, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge spans Tampa Bay, connecting St. Petersburg and Terra Ceia. One of the more popular cable-stayed bridges built in the U.S., the Sunshine lives up to its name, boasting bright yellow cables that reach up to the sky. The bridge takes a star role in many car commercials due to its modern architectural design, warm-weather locale, and 4.1 miles of smooth driving delight.
Please make your way to Tierra Verde Resort Marina at 200 Madonna Blvd. St. Petersburg, Florida 33715.
Part of the fun is that you can ride in open water. Although usually calm, the harbor can be choppy at times. The boats do have a storage compartment but bags can get wet.
If you are alone, and there is another single on your tour then they will pair you together. If not, then you get the boat to yourself. You can stop several times during the tour and switch drivers if you like.
You must be able to get on and off the boat without assistance or with the aid of a traveling companion.This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Boat Tour, Scenic, Wilderness/ Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages. Travelers must be 18 years or older to drive.
There is a per boat weight limit of 500 lbs. A small child (under 50 lbs.) is allowed to sit in the middle.
Special Medical Restriction
Due to the physical nature of this tour, it is not recommended to pregnant women and travelers with hip, neck or back problems.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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