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Are you excited about going to the Airport for a flight? Would you like to take a look at what goes on “behind-the-scenes” at an international airport? If so, the Aviation Authority invites you on our basic orientation tour to learn about:

  • Path of arriving & departing passengers
  • Aviation related careers
  • History of TPA
  • Structure & design of TPA
  • Public Art Program
  • Airport security enhancements
  • Airport Marriott Hotel

During this walking tour, you will visit all three levels of the Landside Terminal Building. You will also learn about the airside/landside concept that makes Tampa International Airport one of, “America’s Favorite Airports”. Request a behind-the-scenes tour and take a look inside the Communications Center, considered the “nerve” center of the airport. Request to include careers and you’ll learn about the many different career options related to aviation. Ever wondered why you can’t walk from the Red side to the Blue side at baggage claim? Find the answer on this tour.


Airport tours are tailored to meet the special needs (learning disabilities and wheelchair users, for example), specific interests (such as aviation related careers, women in aviation) or academic level of any group. All groups are welcome!

Tours are offered 4 days a week,and last approximately 1 hour. The maximum number of participants we can accommodate in each group is 40. The minimum touring age is 6 years old and chaperones are required for all student groups.

Chaperone Requirements

Chaperones are required for all student groups:

1st - 3rd grade - 1 per 5
4th - 6th grade - 1 per 10
7th - 12th grade - 1 per 15

The best part is guided tours are free! There is free parking for commercial vehicles (i.e. school bus) that meet the guidelines.

Please feel free to contact Synovia Blakley or Vince Torres-Roa if you are interested in booking a guided tour or have questions at (813) 870-8759.

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