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Blue Heron River Tours

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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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2999 W State Road 44, DeLand, FL 32720-8844
+1 386-873-4843
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Josh was an excellent guide. It was a nice warm day and great for a slow ride on the river. The variety of wildlife was very limited (turtles, small alligators and birds). We expected to see large alligators based on our hotel's concierge description of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Phil R
sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, Thank you for coming. I am sorry I was unable to find big alligators for you. We did see a lot. The only thing I can control is the boat. What we see is totally up to nature and weather plays a huge role...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our captain provided a nice relaxing cruise on the St John’s River with very interesting commentary. Very enjoyable.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tourchick
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There can be few better ways to spend a warm, sunny couple of hours than on this trip along the St John's river. The captain was not only very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife but put everything over to us in a humorous...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robert P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What an absolutely beautiful and educational experience. The boat captain was excellent and very knowledgeable. This tour is highly recommended!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Captain2h
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you like nature, I would recommend this for u. It’s a boat ride along in St. John’s river. I saw rare birds and trees. Great educational trip. We Enjoyed the beautiful river in winter. Trip was about 2 hour long. Tour guide was very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ginza P
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful and informative tour! We saw Manatee and Gators and tons of birds! I definitely recommend this tour

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cel201
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

We got the hype for this while on vacation at our timeshare and called on our last morning to see if we could get reservations to go on the 1pm trip. It took her a while to return our call. She encouraged us to come...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Cindy R
sailor1978, Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2018

We are sorry that you were not able to make it on our trip. The days leading up to a holiday are generally busy and we only have one phone line and at times have to return more than one call back. However, when you...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

We had a beautiful day of relaxation and beauty. Not too hot. Saw lots of wild birds and flowers. More interesting to non-Floridians. Go early if you want lunch before your trip.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Michael D
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Went with my dad and was very impressed with the captain. He is the owner and was very knowledgeable about all the animals we saw. Had an awesome time. Will be back

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Discover30353527159
Reviewed October 23, 2018

This tour is a nice way to break up the day. This two hour trip takes you up the St. john’s River and into areas where egrets, herons, turtles and other animals live. Unfortunately, I saw no alligators or manatees. Josh makes the trip fun...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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October 15, 2018|
Response from Gram1953 |
If it’s not too hot, we went at 1pm and had a fabulous afternoon . Weather was perfect. Captain Josh is great. Hope that helps. If too hot I’d do 10am
Paula B
February 9, 2018|
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Response from sailor1978 | Property representative |
Yes, reservations ensure that the trip will depart and save your spots onboard as well.
Robert T
January 30, 2017|
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Response from sailor1978 | Property representative |
Taking 95 South to I4 West to the exit for 44 West all the way through DeLand, Old NX Ave right before the bridge goes over the St. John's River follow that back to the marina and parking lot.