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Blue Heron River Tours

#1 of 9 Tours in DeLand
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Address: 2317 River Ridge Rd, Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina, DeLand, FL 32720-4302
Phone Number: +1 386-873-4843
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We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of...

We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina in Deland, Florida.

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Took the 10am tour (cooler time)

Captain Josh was amazing. He was funny yet informative. We learned how to spot certain birds and tell the difference between juveniles & adults. Spotted alligators almost 4... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Captain Josh was amazing. He was funny yet informative. We learned how to spot certain birds and tell the difference between juveniles & adults. Spotted alligators almost 4 feet close, and manatee & her baby, several deer, owl, green tree frog (on board). He taught us about the logging trails, Cyprus trees, and so much more. They sometime's have deals... More 

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Athol, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went for the first time November 2016. The tour guide was friendly and gave good descriptions of nature. Only one problem for me personally. The tour guide kept making negative jokes about women and I wanted to tell him to stop. He mentioned his ex wife more than once and he seemed like a man with issues. You don't... More 

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Brandon, Florida
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We scheduled a 10am river tour but coming from an hour away did not make it in time. No problems they let us book the 1pm without any trouble. If you have a wait there is a great park a minute away and nice restraints in the area, we went to Stockyard! Arrived early for the 1pm tour to be... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you rescheduled your tour and came out with us! We look forward to taking you out again, when it is cooler! :) More 

Todd, North Carolina
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Between markers 58 and 60 on the St Johns River channel just 1/2 mile from the beginning of the trip is the home of Bill & Sandi Smith. Bill puts out cracked corn daily that attracts the ducks, a wood stork, turkeys, sand hill cranes, mourning doves, squirrels, and a bevy of other wildlife. Unfortunately most of the wildlife visit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

3 Scottish tourists trying something different from Disney. Used a Living Social voucher and were not disappointed. Great tour guide with lots of local knowledge - we are not your typical nature lovers but enjoyed seeing turtles, gators and birds including an Osprey. Excellent day out. You will need a sat-nav to find the Marina but well worth the trip.

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are glad to hear you all enjoyed your time with us out on the river! More 

Central Ohio
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During our trip to Florida earlier this month, I looked for things to take my kids to that wasn't the usual touristy stops and found this gem through Groupon. The tour was very affordable and provided a 2 hour tour of the St. John's River and a glimpse at what Florida looked like before all of the tourism and commercial... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself, in the summer it definitely is warm out there! We hope to see you again out on the river! More 

Lake Wales, Florida
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

A truly beautiful tour and boat ride on the St. John's River. Our tour guide was wonderful in explaining everything that nature had to offer. The birds and gators were showing us their good side today. Every child should experience this tour, and adults as well. Thank you Captain J for taking the time to explain the wildlife to us.

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that your enjoyed yourself out on the tour. We look forward to seeing you again on the river! More 

Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Thank you Jessie for a really enjoyable River tour and nature guide. Your knowledge and expertise is appreciated. Your sense of humor was a life saver! I would only recommend this tour for school age children and older. It is a lengthy ride and not suitable for undisciplined kids, kids with clueless parents or infants. Elderly would do fine. Saw... More 

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Thank melbournesingers
sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that your whole tour was not as peaceful and beautiful, but are glad that you did still see the wonder in the river. We hope that you come out on the river with us again! More 

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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

Went on the Blue Heron boat trip for the 2nd time, we did it last year and said we would visit again as we enjoyed it so much. Our captain Josh was very informative, he has a lot of knowledge about the area and the wildlife. The trip lasts for nearly 3 hours, we did the 10am cruise as we... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip with Captain Josh. We hope that you visit again! More 

Lake Wales, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

This two hour tour was excellent. Captain Jesse's knowledge of the local history and the ecology of this area was excellent. She took the boat up small back areas of the river where other boats cannot go. We saw alligators, turtles, and a variety of local birds (especially the Blue Heron). As it was the end of the manatee season... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Blue Heron River Tours is happy to hear that you had a good time out on the river with Captain Jessi. Come back and ride with us during manatee season, you will love it! More 

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