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“Worth the ride from Orlando” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St, Johns River Tours, Inc. - Day Tours

St, Johns River Tours, Inc. - Day Tours
55716 Front St., Astor, FL 32102
866-349-0674
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Astor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Depart from historic Astor, Florida at the Blackwater Inn for a leisure boat tour to the many tributaries of the St. Johns River. Where you will experience exotic plant and wildlife steeped in history dating back to ancient Indian and Spanish civilizations. On your St. Johns River eco tour you will experience a variety of wildlife, alligators, bald eagles, manatees, and plant life, air plants, ferns and large cypress trees.
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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“Worth the ride from Orlando”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

about 90 min from Orlando and what a great find. Capt Ernie was fantastic. Very knoweldgeable, friendly, and shared all with us as he took us on a 2 hr. trip that took us through the Ocala National Forest to Lake George. Along the way we saw tons of Gators of all sizes and more Turtles then you could shake a stick at.................Capt Ernie gets right in close to them so bring your camera. Many different birds. We saw 3 Bald Eagles, Blue Herons, Comarants, and even a few humans..............................all in all, a very enjoyable trip. Thanks Capt Ernie Brundage for making our day. And if you stay off I-4 and go the local roads, you see The Real Florida.

Danny Kelly
Drexel Hill,Pa.

Visited December 2013
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Lady Lake, Florida
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“Capt Ernie's St. Johns River Tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I enjoyed a 2-hour late-fall tour (November) with my AAA Day Trip group from The Villages. Capt. Ernie clearly possesses a deep passion and love for the river and its surroundings, which is reflected in his commentary as he glides his tour boat along the lovely and silent St. Johns.

I was impressed with his knowledge about the flora and fauna of the area, its history and culture, as well as his involvement in ecological preservation. This was not a canned spiel, rather articulate commentary geared toward my group's questions and interests.

Highly recommended if you want a sense of Old Florida, and the state's unspoiled natural beauty from the perspective of a true native, and a well-educated and personable speaker. I will be back for a Spring version of this tour.

Visited November 2013
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“Pontoon boat tour ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Went on a Wednesday 1:00pm tour. Had a wonderful time--lots of historical info for my dad, husband, and I with tons of stuff for my three young children to see. We will DEFINITELY come again!!!

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“Unspoiled splendor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip today. The captain was very knowledgable. The boat had comfortable seats. As a native Floridian, I enjoy seeing areas of Florida with little development and nature at its best. We saw lots of turtles, anhingas, gators and bald eagles. It's worth the drive from Orlando and a great activity to take out of town guests.

Visited September 2013
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Gorgeous Scenery, History, Gators, Birds, Turtles.. Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Captain Ernie was prompt, friendly, funny, courteous, and told us interesting history about the St John's River and the area. We saw turtles, all types of birds & gators, one was huge and Captain Ernie said it was 12 -13 feet long. The trip is very relaxing and you get to see Lake George too. We highly recommend this tour. It was a highlight of our trip to Florida.
We had dinner at the Blackwater Inn Restaurant, you meet the Captain for departure right behind this restaurant on the dock.

Visited September 2013
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