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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. City Island, Sarasota, FL
Phone Number: +1 941-388-4200
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Description: Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the...
Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it! We are located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to our regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties
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So we did the Ocean Encounter Tour and it was amazing. We saw a puffer fish puff up and baby seahorses and best of all Wild Dolphins. The marine biologist on bard was amazing her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

So we did the Ocean Encounter Tour and it was amazing. We saw a puffer fish puff up and baby seahorses and best of all Wild Dolphins. The marine biologist on bard was amazing her name was Jenifer and our captain was Rocky and our volunteer was Steve everybody was amazing. My advice is to call ahead so there is... More 

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Ackley, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Sea Life Encounter Cruise is great for all ages. You take a relaxing boat ride through Sarasota Bay and Roberts Bay. The boat is covered so you are protected from the hot sun and you get a nice breeze from the boat ride. We saw both manatees and dolphins swimming wild as we rode through the bay. You make... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We did the sea life encounter tour in conjunction with a visit to the Mote Aquarium. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We saw a nice variety of sea life including Dolphins (even 2 baby dolphin!), nesting sea bird with young, and a lot of cool stuff from the net. Most of those things we were able to touch... More 

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Warren, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The "Sea Life Encounter" Boat Tour leaves out of the Mote Marine Aquarium. It's a lovely open-air ride on a pontoon boat with bench seating and a canopy to protect from the sun. There's a marine biologist on board to tell you about the local sea life. They take you around Sarasota Bay, stop briefly on a small uninhabited island... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

My family and I took the Nature Tour at 11. We saw the tour as we were going into the MOTE. So glad we took this tour. It's a great way to see the bay and the animals who live there. The tour lasts about two hours. We saw lots of animals (birds and dolphins!) as well as the part... More 

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Cincinnati
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We had a wonderful time on the cruise, saw a young dolphin close to the boat, took a nature walk, and learned about lots of types of marine life and birds. Our kids ages ten, eight and five, were all very interested and engaged. We definitely recommend.

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Cedar Falls, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We did the cruise with two little girls. Our draw was the net in the bay for wildlife collection. There was a marine biologist on the boat that told a lot of history of the area as well as pointing out birds and dolphins. We saw several dolphins on the ride. We went to an uninhabited island and learned about... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

On a gorgeous day we experienced a smooth and extensive tour of Sarasota Bay including a good look at the homes on Bird Key. How lucky we were to see many dolphins frolicking and even submarining. Jimmy was our biologist guide, delivering timely information, pointing out various nature sightings. Venturing close to small islands allowed us clear views of the... More 

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Brampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We had a lovely day on the water. Smooth ride. We saw lots of dolphins, kayakers, the rookery with Blue Heron hatchings. The Marine Biologist and the Volunteer were very informative. It was my second time on this tour. I certainly recommend this to all ages seniors, families, singles and couples.

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Whiting, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Jennifer is the best guide that I have ever experienced. Some tour guides are boring, hard to understand, or treat you as stupid sheep. Jennifer was a fountain of knowledge, spoke clearly, and was passionate about her work. We saw dolphins, several nesting islands for birds, and a huge net full of critters from the water. It was hands on... More 

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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. City Island, Sarasota, FL
Phone Number: +1 941-388-4200
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota

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