Do I need a boaters license?
Nope! The only thing you need to bring with you is some form of a government ID and a credit card.
How old do I need to be to rent a boat?
Drivers have to be at least 18 years old while passengers can be any age. Drivers born on or before January 1, 1988 or those that have a boaters license have the option of renting one of our boats that have a slightly larger engine, 15HP.
Are life-vests provided?
Yes, all safety equipment that is required by the Coast Guard is on board with you. We have life jackets from infant to large adult. We also have life-vests for dogs of all sizes.
What are your hours of operations?
10am till sundown. Earlier times are available by calling 813-641- 4612
Where can we go?
The only restrictions that we have is that you refrain from going into the port areas and shipping channels. Other than that you are welcome to travel up the Hillsborough River or even out toward Hillsborough Bay as long as you stay within 500 yards of the shoreline.
Will I get wet?
Probably not, but maybe. While we would love to guarantee your dryness on one of our fine vessels, truth be told, you are very close to the water and things such as waves from other boats and/or sea spray may get you a little wet depending on the weather.
How fast do they go?
This depends on two factors, engine size and weight. We have boats with 2 different engine sizes, 9.8HP and 15HP. The 9.8HP boats will go a max of 16mph with less than 185 lbs. and 10mph with any weight over 185 lbs. Our 15HP boats will go up to 20mph. However, these results may vary depending on how much weight is on board.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes! We love dogs, we even have dog life-vests available at no extra cost to you.
Are food or drinks allowed aboard?
Yes! As long as it isn't too messy or alcoholic, go for it.
Do I need to make a reservation?
Walk-ups are always welcome, however to guarantee that we will have a boat available for you, it is best to book online by clicking on the calendar on the home page.
Is fishing, tubing, or swimming allowed?
Sorry, no. Please stay in the boat at all times.
Are we able to dock anywhere besides back at the Tampa Convention Center?
Yes, however, keep in mind that the clock is still running, even while the boat is docked at another location. We also recommend that if you are not comfortable docking a boat, that you refrain from doing so.
Where can I park?
The Riverwalk Boating Company is located on The Tampa Riverwalk at the Tampa Convention Center Docks. There is convenient parking all around the convention center including metered parking right at the docks! However, space may be limited due to volume and special events. Other options include street parking anywhere in the city and parking garages (closest parking garage is on the corner of Florida Ave. and Channelside Dr.). For more information about parking, please visit the City of Tampa Parking Division website.
If you have any questions that aren't listed here, feel free to give us a call at 813.641.4612 or email at RiverwalkBoating@gmail.com