Free port tours scheduled during July festival

Free guided boat tours of the Port of Tacoma will be available next month during the Tacoma Maritime Fest.

Tickets will be available on the day of the event starting at 9 a.m. July 17 at the Port’s event booth. Tours will depart from 535 Dock St. in downtown Tacoma, north of the Foss Waterway Seaport Museum.

Those on the tour will hear facts about the Port of Tacoma, one of North America’s busiest.

Visitors are asked to show up 30 minutes before their scheduled depart times to line up for boarding. Tours leave the dock at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Those with mobility challenges should plan on a 4 p.m. tour, when the tide makes it easier to board.

Admission to the Tacoma Maritime Fest is free, including admission to the seaport museum and children’s activities. Free shuttles will depart from the Tacoma Dome Bus Station at Puyallup Avenue and G Street to the event. Free parking is at the Tacoma Dome Station parking garage.

Kate Martin: 253-597-8542, @KateReports