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Blue Heron River Tours

#1 of 9 Tours in DeLand
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Address: DeLand, FL 32720
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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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Very scenic and informative riverboat ride

Blue Heron Tours offers daily tours of the scenic St. Johns River, the only river to run from the south to the north. Blue Heron operates an open tour boat that accommodates... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
mmarco2016
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The Villages, Florida
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DeLand, Florida
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I booked a tour for some friends of mine , for there birthdays . When I booked , they said we would be going up to Lake Woodruff . No big deal. We went to Blue Springs . I have been on several tours on the river . We had 20 people . A very fun crowd . We didn't... More 

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Thank RonBallou
sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing. I am the Owner of Blue Heron River Tours, Inc. I am the person that checked you in and got you off the dock. We ask passengers to arrive 20 minutes prior to departure. This is when we start checking people in. The USCG does not require boarding passes. We normally give them out, but the... More 

The Villages, Florida
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20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Blue Heron Tours offers daily tours of the scenic St. Johns River, the only river to run from the south to the north. Blue Heron operates an open tour boat that accommodates about 40 people. Our captain proved herself to be knowledgeable about river aquatic life and easily steered us to incredible wildlife including manatees, alligators, wading birds and birds... More 

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Thank mmarco2016
sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that you had such an incredible time! We hope to see you all out on the river again soon! More 

Sioux Falls, SD
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed a cool but sunny January afternoon tour with Captain Josh. He was so informative regarding Florida marine life and vegetation, and he seemed to thoroughly enjoy his job. He pointed out numerous alligators, manatees, shore birds and plant life, and was very patient getting us in position for the best pictures. Highly recommend.

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

We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourself out on the river with Josh. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Palm Coast, Florida
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently took this trip with a friend who was visiting from Canada. She had never seen alligators in the wild, so this trip was perfect. The guide seemed to have a general idea of where they like to hang out. When we did come upon an alligator, our guide got a close as possible so that we could take... More 

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Thank Southbound39
sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you had a good time and got to see a lot of the wildlife out on the river. More 

Monterey, Tennessee
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jess was our captain and we had a great time. We were out longer than the average time so we got to see some extras. If you are in a rush this may not be what you are looking for. This is a relaxing time on mostly calm water. Waves from other boats rock you from time to time but... More 

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

We are so glad to hear that you have had such a good time with Jess! We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Winter Springs, Florida
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95 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been on this boat tour many times before. With out of town family, with my son, or just my husband and myself, and every time we see incredible wildlife (alligators, birds, a cow) and beautiful scenery. This is the first time we went from their new location and it was interesting seeing the St. John's from a different perspective.... More 

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Thank scoobysmom2003
sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive feedback regarding our recent move. We are happy that you all enjoy your trips with us and are pleased each time. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful time with our "Cap Jessie" today exploring St John River! Comfortable, great weather & lots of info plus giant gators, different kinds of birds & fauna but the best was all the manatees we saw "close up"! Highly recommended by us.

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Thank Misty417
sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with Captain Jessi and hope to see you again out on the river! More 

Arundel, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

Our tour guide was Jess and she had a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us all, she managed to find us lots of wild life and was happy to stop the boat and allow the passengers to take as many photos as we wanted to. Great value for money and such a restful and peaceful experience.

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

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Jessi and got to take the photos you wanted! We hope to get you back out on the river soon! More 

Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

This tour was fantastic! We saw a bald eagle, alligators, turtles, manatees and tons of birds. Our tour guide Josh shared endless facts about the wildlife and history of the area with a light sense of humor that was family friendly. Well worth the time and money!

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

We're beyond glad that you and your family enjoyed the tour! More 

Leesburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our sightseeing tour on the Blue Heron River Tours. They are currently based in Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina in Deland, Florida. In December, they will be moving to the St. Johns River Grill, still in Deland. Our captain was Joshua Winland, a thoroughly knowledgeable river guide. He pointed out the various species of birds that we... More 

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

Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed yourselves and plan to come and see us again! More 

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