CycleBoats Launching from Gulfport

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Introducing Florida’s first cycleboat.

Prepare to experience Gulfport, St. Pete and the entire Tampa Bay area in a new way. Back in October, Florida got its first CycleBoat courtesy of Kraken, which launched from the Tampa Riverwalk. Kraken is a human-powered 32-foot Catamaran with a large paddlewheel in the back that can accommodate up to 15 guests. It’s similar to the pedal pub concept that has become so popular in the Burg and across other major cities in the US. The company has since expanded and now has a pickup point at the Gulfport Municipal Marina.

It’s a workout. It’s a bar. It’s a new way to connect to the St. Pete area.

Kraken guests will sit on their 10 pedal stations situated around a rectangular mahogany bar/cooler area and pedal as if on a bike, to propel the paddlewheel, and in turn, the boat. Guests can store any beverages/snacks they would like on the boat and in a cooler provided by the company. We highly recommend you create a playlist for your Kraken outing. The boat is equipped with a sound system compatible with almost every electronic device.

DCIM285GOPRO || Photo via Cascade Cycleboats

Co-owners Tony Medina and Jeff Rhoades were inspired to bring the concept to Tampa after enjoying a cycle boat tour in Nashville years ago. Kraken offers public tours that are exclusively 21 and over, as well as tours that allow children age 13 and older to board. Private charters are also available. To book your cruise and to learn more about pricing you can call them at 813.603.3117. Click HERE to see their full calendar.

Kraken now has pickup locations on both sides of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

Kraken first launched from the Tampa Convention Center Marina, 333 South Franklin Street. Now, eager customers on both side of the Howard Frankland Bridge can enjoy the CycleBoat fun. They also just recently launched at Gulfport’s Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Avenue. Follow them on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on group deals, discounts and rides.

Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Bailey also serves as the CEO of, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.