Historic Sarasota Bay Cruises

Sea air, stories and sunshine: Nothin’s more fun than messin’ around on someone else’s boat, while learning history!

Join us for the NEXT Historical Sarasota Bay Cruise!

The Historical Society of Sarasota County hosts the landmark Historical Cruise and Tour of Sarasota Bay on the LeBarge tour boat each year, and most dates fill to capacity quickly. Click here for our calendar, which shows the next dates available.

To be sure to get your reservation in on time, you can stay in touch with us by following this blog (top of the right column on our home page)  or by adding your email to our e-mailing list. Best choice? Both! That way you learn about what’s going on, and get reminders and offers in your email box.


The cruise features narration by John McCarthy, local history expert and raconteur extraordinaire.  John has a way of making history come alive to make us feel like we’re in the coastal waters of old Sara Sota.

There will be a complimentary continental breakfast with coffee and a cash bar.

The cruise tour has been a favorite outing for residents as well as tourists who want to learn more about the interesting adventures of Sarasota’s early settlers and the characters who helped make Sarasota the vibrant, cultural city that it is today.

Tickets are available at two levels: VIP and general boarding. A VIP pass provides early boarding privileges, thank you gift and a complimentary beverage coupon for the bar.  Reservations are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.

For further information and to make reservations, please contact our HSOSC office 941-364-9076 Monday – Friday from 10a – 2p , or email us at hsosc1@gmail.com.

le barge and passengers

Grab a seat, enjoy the Bay, hear some local stories, and help the Historical Society preserve Sarasota’s past!

Your reserved tickets will be held for pick up at our check-in at the LeBarge slip, south of Marina Jack in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park, on cruise day by 10 am, rain or shine.

All proceeds from the tour benefit the Historical Society of Sarasota County for maintenance and upkeep for the Bidwell-Wood House (1882) and the Crocker Memorial Church (c. early 1900s).

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