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Published March 7th 2018
There's never been so much to see and do at The Port
Mad March is living up to its name in Port Adelaide on Saturday 17th March with an absolute heap of things to do, many of them free. On the state's polling day, the Port is putting on a great day for everyone to relax and enjoy.
With the Sea Shepherd's flagship vessel in town, today is one of the few days they are offering free tours to the public. The crew welcome you onboard to learn all about the amazing work Sea Shepherd do, and how they do it. Bookings not required for this rare opportunity but donations would be gratefully received.
Where: McLaren Wharf (just down from the Lighthouse)
Don't miss the Barossa coming to Port Adelaide for a great day of boutique wines, sensational street food, relaxation and chilled out tunes. Pop ups at the Port have always had a great atmosphere and this one promises to be a great family event.
Where: Flour Shed, Mundy Street, Port Adelaide When: 11am until 8pm Cost: Free entry, $10 glass and wristband for alcohol drinkers
Pop Up At The Port promises to be a great family event (Source: Lindsay Wine Estate)
If you are a Billy Joel Fan, don't miss this unique one-off event, or even if you just want to dance the night away whilst cruising along the Port River on the Dolphin Explorer Cruise, jump onboard Adelaide's hottest party boat. This is an 18 plus event.
If Billy Joel isn't quite your thing, why not take a day cruise along the Port River and see how many dolphins you can spot. This 2-hour cruise departs at 11.30am and costs just $10 per adult and $6 per child, with an additional meal option available.
Where: Queens Wharf, Port Adelaide (just down from the Lighthouse) When: 7pm until 10.30pm Cost: $45 plus booking fee
Dance the night with Billy Joel (Source: Dolphin Explorer)
Did you know that whaling was South Australia's first industry? Visit the Maritime Museum to visit this new exhibition that looking back at the history of whaling in Australia, and around the world. The exhibition is suitable for all ages and is included in the cost of museum admission. As an added bonus, visit the lighthouse with your museum ticket and gain free entry to climb to the top for some great views of the Wharf.
Where: 126 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide
When: 10pm until 5pm (Lighthouse 11am until 4pm)
Cost: Adult $15.00, Concession $9.00, Child $6.00 and a Family ticket $34.50
Explore the history of whales in South Australia (Image: W.L Crowther)
Visit the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre and tucked away in the courtyard is a great display all about the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary Display. Learn all about these magical mammals, then head out along the Port River Loop walk (also known as the Anna Rennie Path) to see how many you can spot.
Where: 66 Commercial Road, Port Adelaide
When: 9am until 5pm
Have some fun learning all about the dolphins who live in the Port River
If the kids have got some excess energy, let them burn it off at Hart's Mill Playground with its pretty unusual activities and equipment, whilst you take in the views of the historic flour mills and Newport Quays Marina.
Where: Mundy Street, Port Adelaide
Let the kids explore this spectacular playground at Harts Mill (Source: City of Port Adelaide Enfield)
Every year the street art in Port Adelaide continues to grow and the murals capture people's attention every day. Take the Port River Loop walk and you'll be able to see many that catch your eye, or download the Wonderwall Map to guide you in and out of the streets of Port Adelaide. Don't forget your camera!
Where: All over Port Adelaide
Check out the amazing art among the streets of Port Adelaide (Source: City of Port Adelaide Enfield)
Port Adelaide is not short of delicious cafés and tasty family-friendly restaurants, many within easy walking distance of all the events and activities on. Start your day off with a coffee over the water at Folklore, and when lunch and dinner are calling, try the perfectly cooked pizzas at El Greco, a bit of Greek at Argo's or one of the great meals at the Lighthouse Wharf or the new refurbished Port Admiral. Another option for dinner is the popular Low and Slow American BBQ but booking ahead is advisable.
Check out the delicious meals at the newly refurbished Port Admiral (Source: Port Admiral)