Harbour Tours

Harbor Tours

About Our Free Harbor Tours

Port of Oakland is pleased to sponsor free harbor tours from May through October 2024 on a Blue & Gold boat. The tours will be held once a month, and each tour will last approximately 90 minutes.

Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations, and the economic and jobs impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because the Port’s marine terminals can be viewed from the water. The excursions are a great way to see how the Oakland Seaport works.

Boarding will take place at the Oakland Jack London Terminal (Ferry Dock) at 10 Clay St. (at the corner of Water Street) in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA, USA, 94607. There are nearby parking lots (There is a fee to park.)

Online registration will normally open on the first Monday of each month for that month’s tour, except for the May tour, in which registration will open on Monday, April 29. It is not possible to register for any tour in advance for the following month. There are 230 spaces available to the public on each harbor tour.

The next opportunity to register is for the May boat tour on Monday, April 29, 2024, at 8 p.m. (PDT) for the Friday, May 10 tour. The FREE tickets go quickly and are usually gone in the first few minutes of the online registration, so it’s important to be online right at 8 p.m. to have a chance at getting a ticket when the registration page goes live.

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Harbor Tours boat

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How to Get Tickets

The next online registration will open on Monday, July 1, 2024, at 8 p.m. (PDT) for the July 12 tour. Online registration will open again on Monday, August 5, 2024, at 8 p.m. (PDT) for the August 16 boat tour. There are 230 spaces available on each harbor tour, and each person may reserve up to four (4) tickets per boat tour.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that due to popular demand, these free tickets are usually all taken within minutes. We do not accept telephone reservations.

If you are not able to get harbor tour tickets, we accept walk-ins. Just show up 30 minutes prior to the tour and ask to be placed on our waiting list. On harbor tours in years past, we have accepted some of the people on the waiting list. There is no guarantee for getting on the harbor tour as a walk-in; however, there are plenty of other fun things to do at Jack London Square should you “miss the boat.”

NOTE: Registration links will not go live until June 3 and then again on July 1 at exactly 8 p.m. Signing on prior to 8 p.m. will not work unless you refresh your link a split second after 8 p.m. to see the registration link. You can only sign up for that month’s tour; we do not take advance registration for tours in the following months.

FAQ's

You must present an Eventbrite boarding pass (paper or electronic) at the registration table prior to boarding. There is no age limit. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Jack London Square Washington Street Garage located at 101 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607 or street parking. The Port of Oakland does NOT validate for parking.

Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure. All passengers must be on the vessel 5 minutes prior to departure. We will NOT hold the vessel for late arrivals. Please plan your time accordingly.

Yes, a ticket is transferable. Please update registration information prior to the date of departure, by emailing [email protected].

Yes. Each passenger MUST present a boarding pass (electronic or printed) prior to departure.

Online registration will open on July 1 at exactly 8 p.m. (PDT) for the July 12 tour date. It will open again on August 5 at 8 p.m. (PDT) for the August 16 tour date.   Tickets usually sell out within minutes due to FREE boat tour’s popularity. You may wish to come to the registration table on the day of the tour about 30 minutes prior and place your name on the standby list if you were not able to get a ticket online. This does not guarantee that you will be able to board. We pull from the list according to the number of no-shows on a first come first served basis. On previous harbor tours, we have accepted some of the people on the waiting list.

The Port of Oakland’s 90-minute guided harbor tours take guests into the Oakland middle and outer harbors. The boat goes under the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge near Yerba Buena Island. Then, the boat returns to Jack London Square. The live narration will give visitors the opportunity to learn about the global economic impact of the Port’s seaport operations. They will see up-close the Port’s iconic container cranes, megaships, and dockworkers.

Food and drinks are not allowed to be brought on the boat. If you wish to purchase light snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, you may buy them on the boat. The tour boat has a concession stand. Since we are a government agency, we are not permitted to have alcohol on the boat.

The boats are wheelchair accessible on the main level. The boat is not wheelchair accessible on the second or third decks. The bathrooms are all wheelchair accessible.

Yes, certified service dogs are allowed on the boat. Dogs must be on a leash at all times, and they are the responsibility of the owner. Comfort animals are not allowed on the boat.

Harbor Tour 2024 Schedule