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Wild Side Tours

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Cocoa Beach, FL, USA
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About Wild Side Tours
Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational, informative and fun presentations. See the other side of Cocoa Beach, Banana River, Indian River Lagoon, and the understanding of manatees, dolphins and birds, as well as the mangrove islands. Our 20 passenger catamaran, with open seating and coverage to provide shade allows for a more personal and interactive experience. Daily tours RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Private tours are also available for birding, photography, and marine science. Private charters for birthday parties, reunions company off time or you name it.
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Terry S wrote a review Apr 2021
Rockledge, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour guides were fun and handled the tour groups with patience and humor. It was a great way for my wife and I to spend a few hours and learn about the area while relaxing.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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nephiteria g wrote a review Apr 2021
Austin, Texas18 contributions6 helpful votes
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Two friends and I booked the tour and had a wonderful time. The two hour flew by we were sad it ended. We could have stayed all day! Captains Speedy and Shawn had encyclopedic knowledge of the area and the birds and wildlife. The day turned out to be perfect for seeing wildlife. We saw several manatees. A Mama and baby manatee pair languidly swam directly in front of the boat and we could see them clearly. We saw several dolphins. On the way back to the dock a dolphin chased a fish very close to the boat. Exciting to see! Speedy pointed out different species of pelicans, cormorants, and anhinga and gave detailed descriptions of behaviours of each. My friends live in the Melbourne Beach area and every neighbor they talked to afterwards they excitedly talked about the Wildlife Tour. Their neighbors now want to go on the tours!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Alysha R wrote a review Apr 2021
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This tour was very good. Speedy was very intelligent and FUN! We saw numerous dolphins, 2 manatees, numerous birds and a few turtles. I took our Family of 10 on the tour. The ages ranged from 1 to 47 and we all had a good time. Speedy is a local he gave us tips for our trips and where to go and what not (which has nothing to do with the tour). He was very personable and sincere. He loves his home town and really gave us insight on it. There’s nothing like home town pride and that made me feel at home. He pulled a jelly fish out of the water and let the kids touch it. We ended the tour with a surprise for the kids from speedy. They provided drinks for us and you’re able to bring your own snacks aboard. They also provided my kids with binoculars. They were really friendly and made us feel at home. My child even spilled a drink and I was really nervous... they made me feel comfortable and told me it was okay “it’s a boat, it’s designed for that”. My kids even got to DRIVE the boat. They told me how well behaved my kids were after the trip and really just made us have a great experience. It was my favorite part of Cocoa Beach. We will be returning!!!!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Roam490856 wrote a review Apr 2021
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A wonderful way to be out in nature and see this amazing ecosystem. The captain and guide were very knowledgeable. They were also friendly and fun! Great with kids. We saw dolphins, manatees, herons, osprey and even a roseate spoonbill. The boat was open in the center and the seating has cushions and is very comfortable. We had a great time and recommend it to all!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Sue W wrote a review Mar 2021
Ogden, Utah1 contribution
We thought it was a fabulous way to see wildlife close up - very relaxing and the guides were a blast and funny too. They were awesome with the kids and let them steer the boat. I would highly recommend this for young and old! The manatee was amazing to see close up, and lots of dolphins, and up close with huge blue herons and many other birds.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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