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Address: 599 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Phone Number: +1 321-799-5495
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Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the...

Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational presentation by Florida master naturalist. Focus on in-depth experience and understanding of manatees, dolphins and birds, as well as the mangrove forests. Our 20 passenger catamaran, with cover and restroom, allows for a more personal and interactive experience. Daily tours at 10:00 and 1:00. Special tours for birding, photography, marine science. Private charters for birthday parties, reunions,etc.

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WildSide Tours was so much fun for the family! Tour guides were amazing at explaining wild life we saw!

Two hour tour. They have binoculars on board for all to use, and a cooler with water and sodas. The neatest experience seeing manatees and dolphins up close!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
leilanijeffrey
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Denton, Texas
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Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Two hour tour. They have binoculars on board for all to use, and a cooler with water and sodas. The neatest experience seeing manatees and dolphins up close!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would highly recommend going on this tour if you get the chance. Tanya and Speedy were absolutely fabulous! They both were knowledgable and so pleasant. They could spot almost any bird and describe what they were and characteristics of the bird. We had fun watching several dolphins catching fish. It was a great 2 hour tour. Our youngest 2,... More 

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Thank Lkmarx
Beltsville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to take photos & learn a little about the area. I learned a little, but not much more than I already knew. Plus, I asked about the pollution & algae problems (how they affected the area rivers) and the guide denied any problems existed. This is not true--the Treasure Coast closed beaches several days after my boat trip... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great tour. We saw a variety of wildlife including manatees, dolphins, American white ibis, great egrets, snowy egrets, anhinga, green heron, pelicans, sea gulls, cormorants, osprey, and learned about the mangroves. If you enjoy photography be sure and print a 300mm lens or higher. 500mm would be best.

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Thank Clinton K
North Aurora, Illinois
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

We were really disappointed in this tour. This was more of a boat ride among Cocoa Beach houses verses any sort of true nature experience as it is billed. The "biologist" had to google answers to some basic questions and gave no history of the natural area that was not solicited. Most insulting, she and the captain engaged in a... More 

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1 Thank Carol D
natureone1, General Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this review

Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in the tour. As it was stated to you the nature preserve backs up to the residential area so there are times where the houses are on one side of the boat and nature on the other side. However you have several parts of the tour with no houses. We do not have... More 

Champaign, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

We were looking for a nature boat trip while I was visiting my sister in May. Two of the other places weren't running boats so we were pleased to find one going out. It turned out to be very enjoyable. Water and soft drinks were provided for us. Both guides were natives of the area and did a great job... More 

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Thank Cindy D
Tampa, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

Scheduled online for a 10 am tour and when no one showed up in double checked the location and reservation date and time and then proceeded to call and received poor service from the representative who told me they hadn't even scheduled a 10 am tour and then told me my payment hadn't gone through when it had. Wasted my... More 

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Thank Bryan S
natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this review

I am sorry that your reservation did not go through. As I explained to you on the phone the booking engine showed no payment so it showed no reservations, but when I looked at the paypal account it showed the payment did go through. And I immediately fully refunded all your money back to you. I did offer to take... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

Great tour! We saw a ton of dolphins - like our own personal show. Not to mention birds and a couple manatees...

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Franklin, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We went on a Wild Side tour yesterday (family of 4 with 2 teenage sons) and had a great time! We saw a few manatees - really just their noses coming up for air, but they were there. We had the experience of coming across a large group of dolphins feeding and playing in the area. We spent significant time... More 

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1 Thank ecfackler
Cape Canaveral, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Tanya and Speedy were very welcoming and relaxed hosts, as well as experienced boaters. Tanya has a great eye for spotting manatees and native birds like the spoonbill roseate, the osprey and the anhinga. We followed a pair of dolphins and also saw a manatee mother and baby (at a respectful distance). This was a great way to see some... More 

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