To wrap up the summer, consider taking a free cruise through the Port of Oakland – the fourth busiest container port in the U.S. This tour sounds like something fun to do with your kids, who should be thrilled to see the big cranes and container ships in our busy seaport.
The last summer cruise is scheduled for August 21st, from 10:30am-11:30am. All passengers are asked to board the ferry boat a half-hour before departure from the Oakland Ferry Terminal, at Jack London Square (and Clay Street).
During the tour, there will be a guide who discusses Port operations and points out highlights. The ferry sails around the Oakland estuary and harbor.
Unlike when you gaze from the Bay Bridge, this cruise allows you to view maritime activities from a very close vantage point. It’s likely you will see ships unloading their cargo as well as other operations.
The boat also passes by the Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, an oasis that’s adjacent to the marine terminals. When you’re back on land, it’s the prime spot to continue gawking at the big rigs.
Spots for this final summer tour may fill up fast! Reservations can be made online or by calling the tour hot-line at (510) 627-1188.
If you miss out, there are fall cruises on September 18th and October 16th, at both 10:30am and 1:00pm. These days won’t work for school kids – but you can take a reconnaissance tour.