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Stumpknocker Tours, Inc.

County Road 512, Blue Cypres Recreation Area, Vero Beach, FL 32966
772-778-9654
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Ranked #12 of 31 activities in Vero Beach
Type: Tours
Owner description: Captain Steve Hayes is the only Certified Florida Master Naturalist in the marsh that provides the most educational, exciting, humorous, and... more » Owner description: 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!!! « less
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Having participated in similarly described "excursions" in the past with mixed results we were a bit hesitant to once again hop aboard an airboat. Well, were we in for a surprise. The action and fun were non stop from the moment we hit the water. Talk about being "up close and personal" with alligators, to say nothing of the various... More

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New Milford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

This tour was the highlight of our vacation! Captain Steve was amazing! He was funny and incredibly knowledgeable. We got to see some of everything. There was so much wildlife: we saw alligators, marsh birds, we went through a rookery that was teaming with baby birds of all kinds. He's great about making sure everyone has enough time to take... More

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New York City, New York
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

Drove out into the middle of no where for my first airboat tour and I'm glad I did! Captain Steve was on time, the boat was clean and everything went better than expected.After donning inflatable life jackets, (and a pink life jacket for my 4 year old daughter), we boarded the boat and donned aircraft headsets so we could talk.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Had a great trip with Captain Steve. Very knowledgeable and professional as well as engaging. He was great to my kids and kept them interested the whole ride. We saw plenty of gators even though the wind was whipping. Also saw lots of birds and learned about each of them as well as the history of the conservation area. I... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We took a very enjoyable airboat tour with Steve Hayes of Stumpknocker Tours today. Captain Steve knew exactly where to find plenty of alligators - adult ones and little baby ones - and where to find all kinds of birds - osprey, bitterns, stilts, herons, egrets, and more. He was very considerate to those of us who wanted to take... More

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Penfield NY
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I have avoided airboat tours because they are noisy and seemed to just be about going fast. This tour company was better than that. The tour operator is a Florida Master Naturalist and had a genuine respect and concern for the marsh. Headsets are provided so you can hear him point out animals, birds, plants and other features. Also the... More

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Queretaro, Mexico
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121 reviews 121 reviews
8 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

A flat bottom boat with an airplane engine on the back is the vehicle of marsh boat tours that you can take at a converted horse racing track in Vero Beach. It is called Blue Cypress Conservation Area and when you look at the view from the air you can see the path of the old racetrack. After the original... More

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Richland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Captain Steve and his tour company, Stumpknockers was recommended to us by our neighbors. We are spending this winter in Vero Beach and had company for a week from Seattle. We spent a wonderful afternoon with Captain Steve on his airboat and learned so much about the wildlife and history of the Blue Cypress Recreational area. We have taken other... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012 via mobile

Great trip for whole family. We have been on several airboat tours and this was number 1.

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Vero Beach, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
12 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

I know people who have been on the tour but have not been myself (yet). I have known Captain Hayes for a number of years and know he is competent and capable. Everyone whom I know to have gone on this tour have given it rave reviews. Because no one else has offered a review I feel compelled to do... More

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