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Address: County Road 512, Blue Cypress Recreation Area, Vero Beach, FL 32966
Phone Number: +1 772-778-9654
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Description: Captain Steve Hayes is the only Certified Florida Master Naturalist in the...
Captain Steve Hayes is the only Certified Florida Master Naturalist in the marsh that provides the most educational, exciting, humorous, and informative tour of the pristine headwaters of the St. John's River. On a one hour tour, you will see, and learn about the alligators, birds and flowers of the marsh, experience an exciting airboat ride thru the marsh, hear some stories that may bring a chuckle, or two, and I will bring you back safely. This is a great experience for all ages. Many that have been on this tour and have taken airboat tours around the state, and elsewhere, say that this is at the top of the list. Bring a camera and let's create some memories!!!
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Our family had a great time on the swamp tour. Our captain was very friendly and knowledgeable . The tour lasted a little over an hour and we saw several alligators and all... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Missouri
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Our family had a great time on the swamp tour. Our captain was very friendly and knowledgeable . The tour lasted a little over an hour and we saw several alligators and all types of birds. Captain Scott gave lots of information and some jokes along the way . Great family tour I highly recommend it.

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Vero Beach, Fl
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286 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went for a second time in the last 5 years and it was awesome. We had family in town and it was the perfect surprise. Capt. Steve was great, giving a little environmental education about the animals and vegetation and history of the park. The weather was a perfect 82 deg. F. He mixed it up a bit with... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

We have taken Steve's tour once a year for the past four years until this year. After booking our reservation 5 days early, we were called the day before and told that they had made a mistake but no tour was available that day. They also implied that since we were a party of only four that our group was... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The captain was well versed in all aspects of the plants, birds, fish and animals in the marsh. Great photography opportunities. Lots of gators, ducks, birds of prey and vegetation. $45 for what is advertised as a 1 hour tour when in fact we were out there for 1.5 hours. Enjoyed the tour and would definitely do it again with... More 

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SteveHayes, Owner at Stumpknocker Tours, Inc., responded to this review

Dennis Thank you so very much for your kind review. It is greatly appreciated. Thanks, Steve More 

Chester, New Jersey
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

First time on a airboat and would definitely do it again. Lots of gators to see and birds, got great pictures. Would recommend!

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SteveHayes, Owner at Stumpknocker Tours, Inc., responded to this review

1044, Thank you for the great review. Do come back and see us when you are in the area. Thanks, Steve More 

The Villages, Florida
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Never experienced an air boat ride before and it will not be my last. Very informative and calls the marsh his office, what a great way to look at this area. Flowers, gators turtles, nests Osprey, Herons, baby gators & ducks just loved it.

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SteveHayes, Owner at Stumpknocker Tours, Inc., responded to this review

Susie D., Thank you for the great review on Trip Advisor. They mean a lot. Come back down at different times of the year, things do change with the seasons. Thanks, Steve More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We have gone out with CAPT Steve three times now and it just keeps getting better. When we called to set up our tour, he recommended the 7:30 AM trip. We saw more gators than we had on our previous trips combined and that was in the first 5 minutes. If you are in the Vero Beach, Sebastian area you... More 

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SteveHayes, Owner at Stumpknocker Tours, Inc., responded to this review

Bill G., Thank you for the great review on Trip Advisor. They do mean a lot. Sorry that it has taken so long to respond, but we had a rain day and I finally went into Trip Advisor and figured out how to respond. Thanks, Steve More 

Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Strumpknocker tours is the granddaddy of them all. The owner is a certified master naturalist and he knows his stuff. Whether its explanations about the plant life in the Blue Cyupress Conservation Area, or seeing gators up close and personnel ,as they swim close to the boat, this is a tour that the whole family will enjoy. The marsh seems... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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271 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The tour was great - the guide is very knowledgeable and genuinely cares about the area. It's amazing just how much you get to see in the hour. Well worth a trip.

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Vero Beach, FL
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is one adventure for family and friends you don't want to miss! My husband and I have enjoyed taking our three sons and their families many times! Capt. Steve is an excellent certified naturalist - informative and helpful! Air boat is A+++! Variety of alligators, nests, birds etc. he shows is unsurpassed. In a few words: excellence at its... More 

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