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“Its like a family boat ride” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Space Coast River Tours

Space Coast River Tours
2550 N. Banana River Dr, Kelly Park-East, Merritt Island, FL 32952
(321) 652-1052
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Connecticut
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“Its like a family boat ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The Blue Dolphin Banana River boat ride is unique. Get ready to be treated like family. Its a comfortable boat ride and well narrated by the Captain. You will see the Banana River by the Cape. You'll see the Kennedy Space Center from a distance. You'll see dolphins galore. And if you are lucky manatees, Uniquely they serve a drink, snack and cookies. So I drifted down the river with a yuenglin and pretzels.

Its a great trip with great people.

Visited February 2013
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“Relaxing and Informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I went on a tour with Space Coast River Tours for the second time in January 2013, and enjoyed it just as much as the first time, which was a couple of years ago. Captain Mark and his wife Michelle do a great job of making the trip fun and informative.

We were hoping to see the locks, but they are only open on the weekends, and we went on the tour on a Wednesday, so that was disappointing, but obviously nothing that Space Coast River Tours can control.

We started out the tour going very slowly out into Indian River Lagoon while the captain talked about the history of the area and some of the plant and animal life. We then boated into the channel and then on to other areas of interest. At various points, we got to see a marina, a boat yard where million dollar yachts are built, and some homes on the water. I would like to hear stories about people who live on homes on the water - maybe a famous person once owned a home that we are passing - or even in their boats. I feel like that is the one element missing from the tour. It needs a human element to it in the way of stories to tie the area to the local community. Just a suggestion on my part.

Overall, we enjoyed the trip, and it is especially nice that one drink, pretzels, and cookies are included in the price. Michelle is very sweet and does a great job of keeping everyone happy while her husband Captain Mark is narrating. We will definitely take this tour again.

Visited January 2013
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“Dolphins, manatees and birds for New Years Day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Nice excursion for the afternoon while we were in Port Canaveral from our cruise. Greeted at the bus by Jen who introduced the trip on the short bus ride to the dock. Greeted there by Captain Mark and Lillian. Lovely day for a boat ride. Saw dolphins and a pair of manatees!

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Horley, United Kingdom
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“Relaxing and interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

This was a lovely way to spend an afternoon. The captain Mark and first mate Lillian were very friendly and the boat was very clean and comfortable. We waited about 15 minutes for a family who were late but no one seemed to mind and instead of the 2 hours out on the water, we actually spent 3 hours of unhurried time looking for wildlife. Really enjoyed this day. We saw pelicans, manatee and dolphins and a nice lunch from fish lips restaurant was supplied.

Visited October 2012
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“Worth driving from Ohio...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My husband and I take our yearly pilgrimage from Central Ohio to Walt Disney World but decided we wanted to add something different to our vacation instead of just the regular "Disney" fun. We are so glad we did.

The SpaceCoast River Tours with Captain Mark and Michelle was the highlight to our week-long trip to Florida. Captain Mark and Michelle were fabulous hosts. The boat tour was very relaxing (approx. two and a half hours). The boat was clean and in great condition and the tour was reasonably priced ($29 per person). We saw quite a few dolphins, manatees and many wild Florida birds, along with the cruise ships, fishing boats and locals who work on the piers of Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. First Mate Michelle served snacks and beverages while the Captain provided commentary.

To those who want to see another part of Florida outside of the regular Disney or Universal Studios, I would encourage you to check out SpaceCoast River Tours and Captain Mark. Be prepared to pay approx. $8 (total) in toll if travelling Route 528 from Orlando but it was well worth the trip!

Visited November 2012
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