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Port of Tacoma

  • 1 Sitcum Plaza
  • Tacoma, WA 98421
  • (253) 383-5841

There are three ways to view the bustling Port of Tacoma.

1) Visit our Viewing Platform throughout the year 

Our Observation Tower, located at One Sitcum Way, in front of our administrative offices, offers an excellent view of the harbor and provides a great opportunity to watch ships being worked at the APM Terminal and Terminal 7. The tower is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

2) Monthly bus tours 

Join us on a free monthly bus tour of the Port and learn about the valuable jobs related to international trade. Tours are approximately 75 minutes long.


Where: Bus tours depart from the Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Road in Tacoma.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Children age 6 and over are welcome. Photo identification is required for passengers over 17 years of age.
Reservations required

Reserve your seat: Call 253-383-9463 or email bustours@portoftacoma.com. Provide the names of everyone in your party and a phone number where you can be reached to confirm the reservation.  You may also get on our mailing list to receive notifications of future tours. 

Updated information about the bus tours can be found here

Tours are subject to cancellation due to severe weather or unforeseen emergency situations.
3) Annual boat tours

Tours are first come, first served. Free tickets will only be available at the Port booth for the next available sailing time. Tickets for the 10 a.m. tour will be available beginning at 9 a.m. Arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time to line up for boarding. Passengers with mobility challenges should plan to take the 10 a.m. tour when the tide makes it easier to board.

The Port of Tacoma is a major seaport and top 10 U.S. container port. Our strategic location in the northwest corner of the U.S. and focus on efficiency, reliability and customer service help to make us the easiest and best place for moving your cargo.