During Prohibition, boats had to be christened with apple juice, an unlucky practice that led many crafts to suddenly sail backward or become so buoyant they floated into space. Revel in the reliable functionality of modern aquatic conveyances with today's Groupon: for $5, you get one admission to any Blue Heron Cruises boat tour (up to a $12 value). Passengers board at River Bluff Park in Ashland City. Blue Heron’s relaxing and scenic cruises along the Cumberland River send passengers of all ages floating through the Cheatham Wildlife Management Area, providing peeper-pleasing glimpses of flora, fauna, and riverside architecture. Captain Jim helms and narrates seven tours aboard his 24-passenger pontoon, which is partially covered to give seafarers the option of basking in the shade or toughening up their retinas with solar staring contests. Gaze at stately manors on the waterfront homes tour, enjoy the brilliant colors on the sunset cruise, or embark on the eagle nest ride to spy bald eagles, our nation’s avian mascots since they helped win the Revolutionary War by fighting off England’s air force of dive-bombing flamingoes. Each casual voyage lasts from 90 minutes to 3.5 hours. Reservations are recommended.
Five TripAdvisors give Blue Heron Cruises an average of 4.5 owl eyes:
- Very beautiful cruise, the shipwrecks were too cool – Lodger333
Blue Heron Cruises
A captain licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Jim Steele’s more than 25 years of boating⎯including time spent at the helm of Opryland’s water taxis⎯comes in handy as he coaxes The Blue Heron, a specially built 40-foot pontoon, about the Cheatham Wildlife Management Area on daily tours. Out on the water amid soothing birdsongs and the burbles of river critters, Captain Jim can be found behind the wheel of the craft, exercising his chops as an entertainer as he regales his passengers with chuckle-inducing anecdotes and factoids about local flora and fauna. With the comfort and safety of his guests always in mind, Captain Jim equipped the Heron with a restroom and keeps the vessel stocked with a comprehensive library of life jackets to fit adults, children, and pet iguanas of all ages and sizes. Hitting an average cruising speed of 5 to 10 miles per hour, the Heron affords its passengers leisurely looks at area wildlife as it embarks upon all manner of tours, from gold-tinged sunset cruises to kids' adventures punctuated by the gleeful laughter of curious youngsters.
100% of 16 customers recommend
“Very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. A great "first date" or "casual friends" outing. Just enough time to rekindle a friendship, relationship or get the "kids...”
“Very pleasant way to spend an afternoon. A great "first date" or "casual friends" outing. Just enough time to rekindle a friendship, relationship or get the "kids out of the house". A great quiet Tennessee waterway outing for all ages to enjoy! ”
“Jim was terrific. Trip was beautiful and interesting. Had a great time and will do it again.”
“We had such a great time! We enjoyed the river, nature, and mostly the owner and captain made us laugh the whole time. So pleasant for adults and children. Well worth...”
“We had such a great time! We enjoyed the river, nature, and mostly the owner and captain made us laugh the whole time. So pleasant for adults and children. Well worth the money! Wonderful way to spend time with family and friends. PLUS I learned how to make a balloon animal :) thanks!!!!”
110 Old River Rd.
Ashland City, Tennessee 37015Get Directions