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Sarasota Bay Explorers

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. City Island, Sarasota, FL
941 388 4200
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Ranked #18 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
Type: Outdoors
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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Sarasota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Ellington, Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We both tickets for both Mote Aquarium and a cruise with Sarasota Bay Explorers. It was a fantastic experience. Jessica and Scott were our guides. Both are knowledgeable of the bay in their own different way. I love the view of the mansions while the children were taken by the fishes, dolphins and sea horses that Jessica and Scott showed... More 

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Venice
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I took my sons, ages 12 and 14, on the Nature Safari. The biologist, Jennifer, was very informative and we learned a lot about the sea life found in this area. We live here and still learned things that we did not know before. Sarasota Bay is beautiful, so it was nice that most of the time was spent on... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Very enjoyable 3 hour boat tour. Captain Dan was very nice, well informed and intent on assuring we enjoyed our trip. Originally, we were considering renting our own boat but am glad we went this route. You really need someone with knowledge of the depths of the water to make sure you don't run into a sandbar in the area.... More 

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Canton, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The tour was really nice, Kayla our marine biologist did a great job educating us about the sea life, birds, and the bay. On our trip 2 Dolphins were swimming nearby. They are licensed to put a net out and bring in some neat sea life to share before putting them back. On our trip there were pin fish, pig... More 

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Bought the combo ticket, presented a coupon, got my discount and my wife and I enjoyed a lovely day both on the water with Bay Explorers and at Mote's. Both attractions offered very knowledgeable staff who answered most questions. The pontoon boat experience was very good, aided by a gorgeous sunny day on the Bay. The Aquarium is quite informative... More 

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