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“Manatees, blue herons, osprey, an alligator, deer, and an otter- who could ask for more in a two hour tour?” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Heron River Tours

Blue Heron River Tours
Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina, 2317 River Ridge Rd., DeLand, FL 32720
+1 386-873-4843
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Ranked #1 of 22 Activities in DeLand
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina in Deland, Florida.
Waynesboro, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Manatees, blue herons, osprey, an alligator, deer, and an otter- who could ask for more in a two hour tour?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

A great way to see the real Florida. The boat is a pontoon boat which our captain, Todd, drove at a leisurely pace to maximize wildlife sightings. We saw manatees, blue herons, egrets, an alligator, deer, and a river otter. Todd could describe the markings, plumage, growth, and habits of each. He entertained us with interesting info about the animals and the area.
The boat was shipshape and well-equipped with life vests, blankets, snacks, and even a restroom.
My seven year-old daughter was thoroughly entertained, too!

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Captain Todd does a fantastic job for Blue Heron River Tours. His enthusiasm is readily apparent, as is his knowledge of the plants and animals, and the history of the St. Johns River Basin. We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour.

Hope to see you again on the river,

Captain Gary
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“It was very interesting and educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

The guide was a certified naturalist and new a lot about all the animals that we saw told us a lot about the water, we had a wonderful time

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Blue Heron River Tours is pleased that you enjoyed your trip!

Hope to see you again on the river,

Captain Gary
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Pendleton, South Carolina
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Manatees! and Birds!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I highly recommend this tour. Was a bit over 2 hours and reasonably priced. Captain Todd was knowledgeable and friendly. On this tour we saw all kinds of different birds, manatees, turtles, 1 alligator, some deer, and even a river otter! Boat was clean and I felt safe on it. He even had blankets since it was a tad cold.

Visited December 2012
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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Blue Heron River Tours is pleased that you enjoyed your trip with Captain Todd. He really does a wonderful job!!!

Hope to see you again on the river,

Captain Gary
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Orchard Park, New York
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7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“River Safari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Saw LOTS of wildlife - birds, turtles, manatees, gators. The husband and wife team give an extensive and enthusiastic nature talk during your quiet glide through the channels, pointing out wildlife and relating the colorful history of the area. Would definately return for another trip.

Visited November 2012
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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
Joan and I really enjoy showing customers this beautiful river system. We are never in a hurry on a tour. Thanks for the positive comments.

Hope to see you again on the river,

Captain Gary
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Orlando, Florida
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Florida Nature's Way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our Captain Gary said, "There is never a bad day on a Blue Heron cruise", and I agree. We took the tour this past Saturday and it was much more than I had anticipated. It was educational, relaxing and a great value. My husband has some great photos of some of the wildlife we saw. It was awesome to see the manatees feeding in the grasses and even a really large alligator sunning on a log. You never know exactly what wildlife you will see on a day on the river, but you know that the trees and flowers will be beautiful. I highly recommend this trip for a Florida experience that doesn't require long lines and a big budget.

Visited December 2012
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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review, January 19, 2013
The opportunities for fantastic photography are always there when you take a Blue Heron River Tour. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us!!!

Hope to see you again on the river,

Captain Gary
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