The Port of Oakland used to offer FREE Harbor Tours for all of you Oakland History buffs. I have personally gone on this tour twice since I used to work at the Port. You take a nice slow cruise through the Ports Harbor viewing all of the ships and cranes! It’s pretty amazing and you get to hear a lot of facts and history you just may have never learned otherwise. It is also a GREAT chance to take pictures of the cranes as well!
*UPDATE* As many of you know they are NOT doing the Tour this year(2009). Sad but true.
Update 2013: They have not offered the free harbor tours in a few years and I don’t think they are coming back.
Update 2014: Yeah, it’s over. It’s been a great many years and the Port of Oakland has undergone a few scandals. They are misdirected and lost.