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They're back! TPA guided tours resume

If you’ve ever wondered what things are like behind the scenes at America’s Favorite Airport, now’s your chance to explore and learn.

After a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TPA is proud to resume tours that will cover the history, structure and design of TPA, as well as other more specific topics. These tours are complimentary, held daily and can accommodate anywhere from 5 to 40 people. Here are some of the tours resuming:

·       Self-Guided Tour Program – We provide the information, you set the pace. This is perfect for guests with younger children or those who want to take a more leisurely look at the Airport’s points of interest.

·       Aviation History & Career Presentations – Want to learn more about aviation history or careers in the aviation industry, but can’t come to the Airport? Let us come to you with a classroom presentation tailored to your student age group.

·       Scavenger Hunts – If you’re looking for a fun and fast-paced activity that promotes teamwork while learning about the Airport, consider signing up for a scavenger hunt. 

·       Airfield Tour Program – Take a ride on our 20-passenger mini-bus and learn all there is to know about the daily operations on theTPA Guest Services Representative Maria Levya gives a tour to a small group airfield. 

·       Guided Tour Program – This walking tour of the Main Terminal follows the path of arriving and departing passengers while showcasing the Airport’s history, design, and unique features.

·       Public Art Tours – Along with a vast public artwork collection that spans more than 40 years, TPA has an impressive Public Art Program incorporating murals, tapestries and sculptures, including the famous giant flamingo. We invite you to learn more about the artists and their vision for these original works designed to inspire our travelers and guests.

·       Sustainability Tours – Recycling, electric charging stations and other green and wellness initiatives have been part of a growing sustainability program at TPA. Come check out our efforts to preserve and protect our people, planet and prosperity for generations to come.

Tour guide and Guest Services receptionist Darius Hughbanks has a few tips for tour guests: Wear comfortable shoes, pack lightly and be prepared to learn.

“I love meeting new people and showing them around the Airport,” Hughbanks said. “It’s like my home and people who take a tour become a part of our family. There’s so much more to airports than just planes and shops, and we love that our community gets to know more about us.”

All tours are tailored to meet any specific needs or interests and are applicable to any academic or age level. To book a guided tour, please contact Guest Services at 813-870-8759 or email dhughbanks@tampaairport.com.