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Sarasota Bay Explorers

Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. City Island, Sarasota, FL
Phone Number: 941 388 4200
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Ranked #40 of 144 Activities in Sarasota
Type: Other outdoor activities, Outdoor Activities
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Type: Other outdoor activities, Outdoor Activities

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Northern NJ
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Went on the boat ride just expecting a nice way to see the area from the water. We had just pulled away from the dock when a group of dolphins started putting on a lively show for us. The rookery we passed was loaded with all kinds of birds & we also caught a glimpse of some hatchlings! When our... More 

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We took a Sarasota Bay tour this year for the first time. It waa definitely worth the money to be out on a pontoon boat for a couple of hours. Our naturalist was great. I loved the rookery; my kids loved stopping on Robert Island. It was cool to drag the bay floor to see what was hiding there -... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I really enjoyed this ecology based tour of Sarasota bay. Any boat tour of that area is going to be beautiful, but this one was informative and educational. My favorite part was catching bay creatures and getting to play with them. We did a boat tour + aquarium admission, but I preferred the tour much more.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We were lucky enough to have Jennifer, a marine biologist on board with us for our adventure on the water last week. She was informative and made learning fun for all the passengers on board. She cast a net into the sea and brought up creatures from the bottom to examine and enjoy before returning them to the ocean.

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Milford, Nebraska
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Worth every penny. This is the best guided tour EVER! They share all the history about Sarasota Bay and also during your tour the release a neat and catch sea life and you get to pet and touch some. If you are lucky you may able to see Dolphins and manatees! Take your time and get on the boat!

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We went on the 3 hour guided boat tours that leave from Mote Aquarium. We were so happy to have had this experience with our own guide who was also an excellent navigator. She was knowledgeable and interesting and very tuned into our interests. We saw lots of dolphin activity, manatees, and numerous birds. The ride was comfortable and the... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We took the Sea Life Encounters cruise with our infant daughter and 3 year old son. Our 3 year old loved it, as did my husband and I. Most dolphin cruises just go around searching for dolphins, this was so much more. Although we were unlucky and didn't see dolphins on our trip, we weren't disappointed as the other aspects... More 

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Warsaw, Indiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

A good value for an almost 2 hr. tour. Covered boat with drinks and snacks available. We got to see lots of dolphins, birds, and even stingrays jumping. We had a very knowledgeable guide who really knew her wildlife. Netted some sea life for us to look at and some to touch. Save money buy purchasing combo ticket with Mote... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My husband and I have gone on this tour at least 5 times. Each time we see something a bit differerent, but it's always wonderful. There usually is a dolphin sighting and enjoy watching the kids react to the little creatures of the seas that they pull up toward the end of the tour. The kids (and adults) get to... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My partner and I loved this two hour boat trip around Sarasota Bay, showing the surrounding mansions and tiny islands where dolphins leap out of the water next to your boat.

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