The St. Johns River, edged with tall trees, teems with wildlife year round; gators and visiting winter manatees swim beneath its surface while herons and cranes stoically stalk their fishy prey above. Thanks to Blue Heron River Tours, you can get an up-close glimpse of these sights in the company of a pontoon boat named Great Blue and coast-guard-certified captains. Tours glide past a manatee refuge at Blue Spring State Park before entering an old cypress-logging canal that leads into the Hontoon Dead River. Along the way, the captains fill the air with an interactive narrative on river history, flora and fauna, and humans' impact on the area, giving plenty of opportunities for photo ops and hard-hitting interviews with local eagles.
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The guides from Calypso Kayaking Tours take explorers into native wildlife habitats of the Florida inter-coastal waterway, traversing the shorelines in search of bottle nosed dolphins. The kayaks come within a few feet of the marine mammals, and patrons have an opportunity to wade in shallow waters. Guides also conduct trips to the Port Orange Wildlife Sanctuary, where Brown Pelicans, egrets, and herons play poker in the mudflats.
Of all the ways to explore the diverse array of ecosystems surrounding New Smyrna Beach, choosing Captain Bill Rostock to be your guide is always a sound decision. From the helm of his 24-passenger pontoon boat, Captain Bill uses his background as a wildlife and eco-specialist to reveal the area's marine wildlife. Over the course of his two-hour tours, he traces a 29-mile route from the Indian River Lagoon Estuary along the Canaveral National Seashore Park. Alert passengers can expect to see manatees and dolphins frolicking among the mangrove islands, as well as a diverse array of seabirds such as oyster catchers, egrets, and herons.
A bald eagle soars above Florida's everglades, its eyes scanning the creatures below—ranging from an alligator to a soft-shell turtle to a large catfish just below the water's surface. At the onsite wildlife park, visitors can hold baby alligators and whisper sweet nothings into their ear openings. It also showcases exotic creatures from all over the world such as zebras, sloths, lemurs, bobcats, and monster alligators. With over 200 native and exotic animals, birds, and alligators visitors can enjoy a full day of adventure. Aromas of smoked barbecue lure visitors to the onsite watering hold Chomp House Grill, which serves everything from pulled pork to gator tail.
The Native Vacations crew constantly views their surroundings with the eyes of explorers. They see opportunity on any terrain, and they search for adventure while aiming to preserve the landscape. On land, the crew coordinates horseback-riding tours that wind through the Withlacoochee Forest. As hooves beat a lazy drumroll in the dappled sunlight, riders watch deer and sherman fox pups as they dart between trees. In the waterways, Native Vacations leads kayaking tours, airboat rides, and snorkeling adventures. Kayak paddles leisurely stir waters populated by dolphins while bald eagles slip through the warm air, and airboats tear across the surface of the Crystal River with the metallic purring of RoboCop drinking warm milk. In the waters of King's Bay, guides teach snorkelers the basics of breathing underwater and allow them to pet any of the elephant-gray mammoths that approach.