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Tourstub June 26, 2019

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FAQs about Free Boat Tours at the Port of Los Angeles

On Saturday, May 20, the Port of Los Angeles will offer free boat tours of Los Angeles Harbor in celebration of World Trade Week and World Maritime Day. Tours depart from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro and Banning’s Landing Community Center in Wilmington on the LA Waterfront. If you’ve never joined us for a free boat tour, allow us to answer a few questions first…

Do I have to sign up for tickets?
Reservations are not required for the free boat tours, which board on a first-come, first-served basis. Simply come down and get in line. Tours depart every 30 minutes. All tours are ADA accessible, but strollers are not permitted on board the vessel.

Where do I park?
Both locations offer free parking. Banning’s Landing in Wilmington has its own lot and there is parking at Liberty Hill Plaza, located at 5th and Palos Verdes streets in San Pedro.

What will I see on the tour? Is there a difference between the two routes?
All tours are an hour long. Departing from San Pedro, you’ll venture out to the Outer Harbor and see some of the largest container ships in the nation. Departing from Wilmington, you’ll get a chance to see auto carriers and liquid bulk terminals in the Port’s West Basin. Both routes will take you to see the Vincent Thomas Bridge up close and hopefully you’ll even see a barking sea lion or two.

Will I get seasick?
Getting seasick is highly unlikely, but if you are extremely sensitive you may wish to take precautions. Tour boats don’t leave the breakwater and the water is generally very calm inside the Port, even on windy days. But, if something comes up, there are restrooms on board.

What else can I do on the LA Waterfront?
After the tours, visitors can enjoy the shops and restaurants in Ports O’ Call Village, or learn about harbor area history at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum, Battleship IOWA or SS Lane Victory. Or, visit CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, a one-of-a-kind craft marketplace just next door to Brouwerij West, a transformed warehouse that now brews fresh Belgian beer. Hop on the San Pedro Downtown Trolley to connect to the shops, galleries and restaurants located in the Historic Downtown Waterfront District.

What three things should I remember to bring?
1. A jacket
2. Sunscreen
3. Your camera

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See you on the LA Waterfront!

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