Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Free Boat Tours Offered at POLA this Weekend

By Mark Edward Nero

In celebration of World Trade Week, the Port of Los Angeles is offering free public boat tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Tours will depart every 30 minutes from the Los Angeles Maritime Museum in San Pedro, and from Banning’s Landing Community in Wilmington.

The Los Angeles Maritime Museum is located at 600 Sampson Way, Berth 84, in San Pedro. Banning’s Landing Community Center can be found at 100 E. Water St. in Wilmington. Boats at both locations are wheelchair accessible and have restrooms on board.

The Port of LA has offered free World Trade Week tours to the public for over 20 years. This year’s tours are an hour long, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are needed.

“World Trade Week is a great opportunity to welcome our local residents and visitors to the waterfront for a spectacular view of the nation’s busiest port in action,” POLA Executive Director Gene Seroka said in a statement.

World Trade Week, which coincides with World Trade Month, is a unique program dedicated to educating the public about the importance and benefits of global trade to the local and U.S. economy. Related events and programs are held throughout Southern California every May.