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Wild Side Tours

599 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, FL
321-799-5495
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Ranked #5 of 42 Activities in Cocoa Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational presentation by Florida master naturalist. Focus... more » Owner description: Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational presentation by Florida master naturalist. Focus on in-depth experience and understanding of manatees, dolphins and birds, as well as the mangrove forests. Our 20 passenger catamaran, with cover and restroom, allows for a more personal and interactive experience. Daily tours at 10:00 and 1:00. Special tours for birding, photography, marine science. Private charters for birthday parties, reunions,etc. « less
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Wainwright
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We took two 10 year old girls on this trip and had a wonderful time. There was binoculars for everyone and lots of cold drinks. The boat is covered so it was a great break from the sun while getting a nice spray off the water. We were able to see lots of birds and quite a few manatees. The... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was a wonderful trip.A little over 2 hours, it was well worth the cost.The captain was very knowledgeable and personable.He told us to keep our hands inside the boat when leaving the dock since no one likes"pier pressure "He let the kids blow on a shell horn, which they all seemed to enjoy.We saw a dozen dolphins, including a... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

2 hour boat ride through inter coastal waterways was delightful. We saw many types of birds, a few dolphins and manatees. Our captain was very knowledgable and shared books and photos with us. The crew could not have been more caring and attentive. Free soft drinks, water, and use of binoculars. Great experience for the family.

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rickman, tn
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We did this as something different as we don't do these kinda of tours. It is my six yr old son and myself. Completely worth it! He enjoyed searching for the animals, even birds, with the binoculars. Saw so many manatees, birds, and a dolphin!! Amazing preservation.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This adventure was way above and beyond our expectations. The trip could have, in our estimation, gone on for many more hours. We enjoyed every moment, start to finish. From the intimate setting to binoculars in each spot for us to be able to see up close and personal, to the giant ice chest filled with water and sodas to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

We travelled from our hotel in Kissimmee after seeing this tour on trip advisor. It was easy to find and free parking. We had a 10am tour, it was a nice touch to have plenty of binoculars on the seats so you could get a better view of the bird life. Tania and captain rusty knew all about the local... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Of all the options that are available for this sort of boat tour, we could not have chosen any better. We were with a group of about 10 others for a 10am tour and I cannot express enough how pleased we were. Both the captain and his assistant were very knowledgeable and answered questions with no hesitation. We were able... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Just off the boat. Herd of manatees (of course you have) -school of dolphins -herons -egrets - cormorants -pelicans -anhingas - cardinals. Captain Rusty and Tonya were very gracious and kind to our elementary grandchildren. Best value, next to a beach walk, Central Florida can offer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This tour was excellent! From knowledgeable guides, to wildlife, to just a relaxing and enjoyable time. Captain Jeanette and guide Tonya clearly both knew what they were doing and were awesome to boot! It was clear that they care about the wildlife and environment and didn't hesitate to take their time explaining things or stopping to watch a dolphin or... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

A visiting friend and I booked online, something had gone wrong with the website and we shouldn't have been able to book for the day we did but, wildside tours still managed to find us a captain and took us out. It was like our own private tour. We were worried that out captain would be grumpy from being called... More

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