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Address: 400 W. 4th Ave, Lake Dora, Mount Dora, FL 32757
Phone Number: 1 (352) 383-3933
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Description: Come join us for a 2 hour Eco Boat tour of Lake Dora and the Dora Canal...
Come join us for a 2 hour Eco Boat tour of Lake Dora and the Dora Canal. See the most beautiful mile of waterway. See Florida wildlife, flora and fauna like you never have seen before. Tour Lake Dora and the Dora Canal through the eyes of Captain Scott a born and raised Mount Dora Business man who has been on the waterways for over 30 years.The Tours leave at 10am,12:30,and 3pm at the docks by the yacht club. We also have a 1 hour sunset cruise that goes out each day. Please call to make your reservation and remember to be at the docks 15 minutes before you are scheudled to leave, you don"t want to miss the boat.
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Fun 2 hr. Trip. Great captain

Excellent ride to and from the canal as well as a great ride through the canal to lake eustis. The captain made rounds with everyone on board and my 9 and 7 year old children... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Lakeland, Florida
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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Excellent ride to and from the canal as well as a great ride through the canal to lake eustis. The captain made rounds with everyone on board and my 9 and 7 year old children loved how he invited them up to "captain" the vessel. I highly recommend this tour. Plus the breeze off the lake made for a nice... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

John is the Captain and Randy is his assistant and they are both a hoot! It came as a complete surprise to me that these two guys were going to be so entertaining. Not only is the boat trip interesting and so relaxing but Captain John and Randy kept us laughing. The mile of canal that you go through is... More 

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Winter Garden, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The boat is very comfortable and goes across the lake to the Mt. Dora Canal. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the canal and its nice to sit back, watch the scenery and feel the cool breeze. Arriving at the canal, the pontoon boat goes very slow so you have the opportunity to view alligators, turtles and many birds.... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Fun and relaxing. The captain and crew were funny and informative. The boat was clean and so was the bathroom.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

My Dad, husband, and I visited Mt Dora for a couple of days. We called when we got into town and made a reservation. Our tour guide was captain David. This was a really enjoyable, relaxing, and scenic tour. Captain David provided just the right amount of conversation, information, and quiet. It was a smooth ride. There was a bathroom... More 

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South Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

There are several boats that do the tour of Dora Canal, we took this one. The trip thru the canal is amazing..... a gorgeous contrast to the over-developed Florida we usually see.. You feel like you are traveling back 100 years before air conditioning made the state palatable to folks hellbent on destroying the natural beauty that made them move... More 

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Auburndale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This boat trip across Lake Dora and through a canal is a place we always take our visitors or give gift certificates for it as gifts. Bring your camera to record the beauty of the canal. On a weekday you can pretty much count on the silence as you slowly slip through ancient cedars. Weekends there is more traffic on... More 

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Oviedo, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

we took the Rusty Anchor today for the first time and our travelers ranged from 5 year old to 87 year old with limited mobility. The boat was easily accessed from the dock with the assistance of both Dan and son Dan. The 2 hr cruise was informative including details on the Mt Dora area, the wildlife of the lake... More 

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Belleview, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The boat captain on duty the day our group took this tour was not very informative & personable.. He was a nice person but it was clear that he needed more training; there were far too many quiet moments on this cruise.. We then enjoyed a great lunch with excellent service at the Bavarian German restaurant nearby..

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Sanford, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Great tour of the lake shore and canal. We had perfect views of a nesting pair of bald eagles and many other species along the way. We also saw a juvenile bald eagle at the turn around on Lake Eustice. The crew were very friendly and gave us a very enjoyable tour.

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Address: 400 W. 4th Ave, Lake Dora, Mount Dora, FL 32757
Phone Number: 1 (352) 383-3933
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Central Florida  >  Lake County  >  Mount Dora
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:30 pm

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