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“Just OK - not great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Manatee, Scenic Boat Tours

The Manatee, Scenic Boat Tours
133 Inlet Harbor Road, Ponce Inlet, FL
386-761-2027
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Ranked #14 of 19 Attractions in Ponce Inlet
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Bethany, CT
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15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Just OK - not great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

When I made reservations for this tour, my expectations were really high. I was disappointed. I thought this was going to be more exciting, it wasn't. There is no controlling if and how many dolphins you see, we saw none. The narration of the homes along the river was boring. Too expensive for an average boat ride.

Visited July 2013
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Stafford, Virginia
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166 reviews 166 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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“....Pleasant Surprise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

This was one of those mild surprises. Had expected the boat to be much larger.

There is just a small outside viewing area in the front of the boat. If every passenger wanted to be out in sun would not fit.

$25 for Adults - Kids 12 & under $16 Seniors $22

For whatever reason thought we were going up peninsula towards Daytona and instead headed towards New Smyrna!

Great Cruise.....Great Cruise

before you get disappointed had to throw in above cause we really were let down at first.

First by the size of the boat and second not heading the way we thought.

Little did we know how very informative the cruise down the peninsula looking at where the "elite" were calling their vacation home and still being able to say Daytona, ha,ha .....though they were Smyrna area. The views of the houses by boat and the waterway it's self along with the info ...just amazing
Different group of dolphins following along side, front, and back of boat through out journey.
Our tour guide just loaded us with history about the area so be prepared to be overwhelmed with the volume of info they give you ! WoW

Their brochure clearly shows the boat but for some reason it looks and is very small when you get there.

This ways all in all a great tour!

Visited November 2012
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“Unbelievable lack of service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

Booked the tour for our family on a Tuesday night for the next evening. Got a call on the morning if the trip from their office confirming we would in fact be there that night. I assured them we would and that our children were looking forward to the experience. Arrived early, paid, and waited. As my husband, his mother, and the children boarded, they were told there were no remaining seats aboard the ship! I was called from across the lot and told I should get a refund and try again another day! If you know how much of an ordeal it is to get small children ready for a "big night out" you can imagine the disappointment. Try "another night?" Uh, I think I'll pass and you should too.

Visited July 2013
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Daytona Beach, Florida
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“Fun Way To See Dolphins and Enjoy The Water Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We took our two granddaughters (10 & 11) who were visiting and they got to see lots of dolphins and even a manatee. The excitement on their faces was worth the $$. We went on the sunset cruise but it was still very hot out so being under the cover of the boat was great. You could get up and walk around the boat and they provided cold beverages for $1 each. Can't complain about that! The captain and first mate gave a great narrative of the area and had great senses of humor. We live here and still learned a lot about the surround beaches and water life. Very enjoyable boat ride.

Visited July 2013
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Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Family fun.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013 via mobile

We took our young grandsons for a boat ride on the river. It was fun and informative. They got to see several dolphin up close and personal along with many water birds. The captain and his young mate were congenial and there were reasonably priced soft drinks available. Most of the boat is covered for those sensitive to the sun but good sunscreen is still strongly recommended. The boat is old. It is not a cruise ship. But, for a water view of the Daytona surroundings and a pleasant boat ride it's a treat.

Visited May 2013
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