Blue Heron Cruises


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Seasoned captain pilots 40-foot pontoon boat along Cumberland River, affording views of area birds & wildlife throughout 90-minute tour

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Promotional value expires Jun 30, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. Reservation required. 24hr cancellation notice required. Subject to availability and weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with this Groupon.

$11 for a Nature Cruise for Two (Up to $22 Value)

Based upon water and weather conditions on the day of each nature cruise, seasoned skipper Captain Jim pilots his 40-foot pontoon boat east toward Nashville or west toward Clarksville to follow the whims of the Cumberland River. Peaceful 90-minute skims down the waterways afford tour takers a chance to glimpse area wildlife, from the company’s winged namesake - the Great Blue Heron - to kingfishers, raccoons, and raccoons in kingfisher costumes. The boat’s open front facilitates sightseeing in the fresh air, while the back section sports a roof to protect guests from the elements.

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.

Customer Reviews

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!
Angie S. · July 31, 2014
Jim was terrific. Trip was beautiful and interesting. Had a great time and will do it again.
Jerry J. · August 5, 2013
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!!!!
Elvira A. · June 30, 2013
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    175 Old Cumberland

    Ashland City, Tennessee 37015


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