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Blue Heron River Tours

Address: Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina, 2317 River Ridge Rd., DeLand, FL 32720
Phone Number: +1 386-873-4843
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Ranked #1 of 22 Activities in DeLand
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Owner description: We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of Hontoon Landing Resort and...
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Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Owner 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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Waynesboro, Virginia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

A great way to see the real Florida. The boat is a pontoon boat which our captain, Todd, drove at a leisurely pace to maximize wildlife sightings. We saw manatees, blue herons, egrets, an alligator, deer, and a river otter. Todd could describe the markings, plumage, growth, and habits of each. He entertained us with interesting info about the animals... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Captain Todd does a fantastic job for Blue Heron River Tours. His enthusiasm is readily apparent, as is his knowledge of the plants and animals, and the history of the St. Johns River Basin. We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour. Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

The guide was a certified naturalist and new a lot about all the animals that we saw told us a lot about the water, we had a wonderful time

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Blue Heron River Tours is pleased that you enjoyed your trip! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Pendleton, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I highly recommend this tour. Was a bit over 2 hours and reasonably priced. Captain Todd was knowledgeable and friendly. On this tour we saw all kinds of different birds, manatees, turtles, 1 alligator, some deer, and even a river otter! Boat was clean and I felt safe on it. He even had blankets since it was a tad cold.

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Blue Heron River Tours is pleased that you enjoyed your trip with Captain Todd. He really does a wonderful job!!! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Orchard Park, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Saw LOTS of wildlife - birds, turtles, manatees, gators. The husband and wife team give an extensive and enthusiastic nature talk during your quiet glide through the channels, pointing out wildlife and relating the colorful history of the area. Would definately return for another trip.

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Joan and I really enjoy showing customers this beautiful river system. We are never in a hurry on a tour. Thanks for the positive comments. Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Orlando, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our Captain Gary said, "There is never a bad day on a Blue Heron cruise", and I agree. We took the tour this past Saturday and it was much more than I had anticipated. It was educational, relaxing and a great value. My husband has some great photos of some of the wildlife we saw. It was awesome to see... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

The opportunities for fantastic photography are always there when you take a Blue Heron River Tour. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us!!! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We took our 80 year old mother and she thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip. The comfort of the boat, the wildlife, the water and the trip narrator, Gary. It was a terrific day spent with family enjoying the river. So much to see and so much information given. It makes me want to return and hear more about the... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are so happy that your family enjoyed its time with Blue Heron River Tours. Thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Gainesville, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was an amazing trip. My wife just loved it!! We went in the morning and happened to be the only two people that were on the tour. I thought that they would give us a shorter trip since with our Groupon we were really only paying for one person. Instead they spent 2 & half hours showing us all... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

At Blue Heron River Tours we only have one type of trip. It is our goal to help every customer experience the best of natural Florida. We are never in a hurry out on the river. Thanks for taking the time to write such a positive review! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Lake Mary, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We simply got more than we could bargain for with this tour. We expected to see blue herons (and we saw plenty). What we didn't know is we'd also see the biggest gator we'd ever seen in the wild, along with numerous manatees munching, turtles sunning, turkey vultures circling, Florida's fall colors and so on ... all while hearing facts... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

It is our goal at Blue Heron River Tours to give people the opportunity to see and appreciate the very best of the natural side of Florida. We are pleased that you enjoyed you trip witth us! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Stumbled on Blue Heron looking for Groupons to use during our trip to Orlando. Almost didn't go in favor of spending another day at Universal, but SO glad we did! Captain Gary and his wife were wonderful --- saw a ton of wildlife (including 9 gators and a pair of bald eagles) and got a first-hand look at several issues... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Joan and I love it when our customers appriciate the rive like we do! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

DeLand, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

This was by far the most beautiful,informative and enjoyable trip on the St Johns River we have taken (and we have been on several over the last few years!) No part of the journey is repeated (an unusual bonus) and Captain Gary's genuine love of the area shone through his interesting amusing (and never annoying) commentary.I look forward to taking... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Eleven out of ten sounds pretty good to me. Blue Heron River Tours is pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review!!! Hope to see you again on the river, Captain Gary More 

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