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Blue Heron River Tours

Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina, 2317 River Ridge Rd., DeLand, FL 32720
+1 386-873-4843
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Ranked #1 of 9 activities in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Description: We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina in Deland, Florida.
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Saint John, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This tour was not on our original Orlando vacation plan...I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy upon landing in Florida and was in hospital for a couple days. Once released, most of our Orlando plans got squashed (since my right eye wouldn't close properly I had to cancel things like water parks and day trips to the beach since it would... More

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Heathrow, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We took our grandchildren on this tour - they LOVED it! Captain Jordan was entertaining, enthusiastic, and exceptionally knowledgeable about the river and environment. The boat was very clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend this tour.

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York, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This is my first review for a tour not taken but it's worth writing. My wife and I took the tour earlier this year and it was the best we had ever experienced. The entire operation is well run, friendly, informative and professional. We enjoyed it so much we wanted to take family when they visited. As it was now... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This tour leaves from a dock situated in a small resort across from Hontoon Island. It was a scenic and peaceful trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining and we encountered a lot of the local wildlife. In fact some Manatees swam past our boat which was unusual since it was June and they generally only come up in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

My daughter and I went on this wonderful 2 1/2 hr. educational river trip on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Captain Jordan Ray was our tour guide and we were totally impressed!! I have told many people about this trip already and posted just some of my many pictures on Facebook so my friends can see where we went! The weather... More

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
7 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Absolutely no doubt about it... this is the #1 boat tour on the St. John's River!! The vessel is clean & very comfortable (with it's own head), and they sell cold soft drinks and snacks aboard at fair prices. We've gone back and had both Capt's Gary and Jordan as our tour guides. Both well-studied & witty AND clearly know... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
11 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Have lived in the Volusia Cty area for 10 yrs and had heard about the Manatee sanctuary but never visited - what a mistake! And this boat journey was the topper. We bought the tickets on-line so received a buck off each, we were blessed with a very slow day so no crowds, and the weather was just cool enough.... More

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Seminole, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Jordan, our most wonderful and knowledgable guide and captain, motored the large, comfortable, covered and newish pontoon boat through the St. John's River. He pointed out so many species of flora and fauna I thought I was doing research for my next biology exam. The man knows his Florida wildlife and plant life. Making reservations for your tour is something... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Captain Gary provides a great eco river tour for an excellent value. The river was very relaxing and Captain Gary and his wife are very knowledgeable. He is very accommodating of photographers and many questions. Great bird photo opportunity and even a gator or two. Just being on the water is fantastic and a break from the tourist portion of... More

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Kingston, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

While visiting my daughter, my brother and I had no plans for the day, so the three of us decided to try the BHRT, which is about an easy half hour drive along I-4 from her home. Wow! What a neat experience. The pilot of the boat was very knowledgeable regarding the wildlife and flora along the St. Johns River.... More

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