Good Natured River Tours
Boat Tours • Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Your adventure takes you through part of Brevard County's estuary on the Indian River Lagoon and the Banana River. You will see bottled-nose dolphins, manatees, wild birds, with over 4,300 unique and localized plant species. The adventure is narrated on our day tours,by your U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain. We offer 2-hour trips, 6 days a week, all year round, as well as a Friday night Sunset Cruises(Sessonal),on tours you may bring an adult beverage,and take in the Indian River,sunsets tours are non-narrated tours. Hours:Tuesday through SAT 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm,Sunday 9am tour and some 12pm *Tour times are subject to change due to weather and/or number of riders. *Must have Reservation.please
Melbourne, Florida
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sholix
Chicago, IL235 contributions
Jan 2022
wanted something to do while in orlando other than the crowded parks this was a 1 hr easy drive . the crew was great, boat roomy and spotless the ride was narrated very well showing local area well, boat was steady and snacks were for sale on board, we saw dolphins and we went during the cooler winter month, even saw a mother and calf. the captain and crew were wonderful, we even got a discount coupon for the restaurant at the dock. we will be here for a while and plan to take again. after tour and lunch we did a leisurely cruise down scenic highway A1A . shout out to captain and crew for a very relaxing and informative cruise
Written January 18, 2022
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Thanks for your kind words,its a great area for sure,we love what we do ,please join us again!
Written February 11, 2022
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Rosemary U
Maitland, FL42 contributions
Dec 2020
Kelly and Bill are delightful river tour guides. All the aspects of our tour were great. The onliner eservations were seamless and they even called to confirm the details. Everything ran on time. They are very professional and personable and made sure every detail was taken care of. We learned lots of interesting facts and saw a good bit of wildlife during the two hour ride. I would highly recommend this tour for locals or folks new to Brevard county.
Written January 1, 2021
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Thanks so much for your kind review!
Written May 14, 2021
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hcwbeds
bedfordshire76 contributions
May 2022
Was the best boat tour we'd been on. Captain was very knowledgeable and gave lots of information. His son also made sure we could see what his Dad was telling you about. Saw loads of dolphins! Osprey and blue herons. Th boat was old however we were told a new boat is being made and will be in use soon. Certainly would love a return visit if we manage to visit the use again. The grills next door served us a delicious meal would highly recommend both!
Written May 12, 2022
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Travelinggrandma001
Orlando, FL471 contributions
Sep 2021
Very well organized. You go to one area, check in, get a wrist band then when it's time, you are given an assigned seat but only until we take off.
We sat in the back and had an awesome breeze. We saw several kinds of birds, lots of beautiful homes, some historic but the highlight was seeing several dolphins playing in different parts of the river. The captain would slow down the boat so we could get a good view and take pictures.
Written September 28, 2021
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Hemen B
Philadelphia, PA482 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We took one of the most amazing 2 hour river cruises with @goodnaturedtours . Captain Bill and his crew were fantastic, very knowledgeable and pointed out everything in a very informative way. The boat was a nice size with a relatively small group and large windows everywhere so have a nice view without getting overcrowded. The back half of the boat is covered but open from the sides. They also had a front deck area to view out from the boat. We saw dolphins,manatees(sea cow part of the elephant family),pelicans, ospreys,cormorants and other birds and sea life. They also pointed out the history of the area along with some beautiful boat houses. I would highly recommend this tour.
Written April 6, 2022
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Ty*
52 contributions
Oct 2020
Where do I start?? Boarding was easy and right on time. We were greeted to smiling faces and upbeat crew. We left right on time as well. We had an absolutely gorgeous day to be out on the boat!! The captain and crew are very knowledgeable of the entire area - from the history of the architecture, to storm damages throughout the years, to land usage (think Mango farms!) and even knowledgeable about resident Osprey and dolphins that come out to see the boat daily!! What more could you ask for? Well, I'll tell you - a captain and crew that are passionate about the river and its preservation (check), great conversation and energy from the crew (check), answers to any and all questions (check), clean, comfortable boat that's disinfected after each tour and the crew as well as passengers wear masks (check). They have it all. If you're looking for a place that makes you feel like family, takes the time to show you the things you want to see and gives you plenty of time to take photos, this is that place!! We'll go again, maybe for a sunset cruise this time! But we'll definitely be back!
Written October 15, 2020
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Thank you so much for the review , we definitely love and are blessed to do what we do! The estuary is a special place for sure, it never gets old, something new every day! Capt.Bill & Kelley Reynolds
Written October 16, 2020
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Santa C
Longwood, FL26 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Santa loved the trip - calm and relaxing after a long night of delivering toys around the world. Hope Mrs. Claus books the sunset cruise in the near future! Locals - consider this tour! We learned all kinds of special info we didn’t know and we live in Cocoa Beach. Much better than the local dolphin tours - we saw 30+ dolphins while out and those were before we took our gift cards into Grills and watched the Dolphins on the big screen. Well worth the cost. We will be back! Happy New Year from Beachside Santa
Written January 3, 2021
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Wow,thank you so much for review and hope to see ya on a sunset tour,our next one is June 5,2021. We trully love teaching the guest about the area and the changes of the estuary! Hope to see yall soon! Mrs.claue andMr.Claus
Written May 14, 2021
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Mike T
Niagara Falls, NY428 contributions
Jan 2020
Found this company on-line and decided we needed a river cruise. When we called about a question we had to leave a message but they responded promptly.
We arrived at the check in and went on board the boat. There's some indoor seating, some rows in the back, covered but open on the sides as well as a viewing area up front.
Captain Bill, his wife Kelly and son Billy were so friendly and were really passionate about the river and making sure their guests were comfortable and could see the sights as they were pointed out.
On this morning a launch was scheduled from Cape Canaveral and Captain Bill took us into the Indian River to watch. It was spectacular!
As we cruised the Indian River and up into the Banana River we were told the history of the area as well as pointing out the wild life.
We saw a couple of dolphins on the way out,but it was on the way back when several more were spotted and Captain Bill made his way over to them. As he circled around, the dolphins joined in the fun and surfed in the boats wake. How cool!
We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and look forward to visiting again.
Written January 30, 2020
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Sara
9 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
The boat tour was excellent! The captain was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of information about local history and wildlife. We saw a lot of Dolphins and he would stop and turn the boat so we could get a better look. We would definitely take this boat tour again!
Written December 6, 2021
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TimSamsTravelUSA
Viera, FL334 contributions
May 2020 • Couples
Family owned buisness and it shows. Mom, Dad and son operation. The 2 hour tour was really fun. I went on the first cruise to avoid the summer heat and possible afternoon rains.

Our Captain lead tour invloved a lot of History about the Indian River and Banana River systems. One of interesting things i learned was the river averaged 3-4 feet deep. The ICR was around 90 feet wide and 30 feet deep.

We hunted searays, dophins and other big fish to just to watch. It was fun running back and forth trying to find them.

The capitain talked about tree species as well as nesting birds. We even got to see peacocks on land.

One of things i enjoy is seeing the homes from the water verus a street. Its like peeking inside the back yard.

I got a big discount by using the App Groupon.

Once we checked in each person got a $5.00 coupon for the Grills Seafood resturant beside the dock. I encourage you to eat there. Great service staff and food.

Enjoy the Boat ride.

Tim Sams
#TimSamsTravelUSA
Live Life Today, Travel USA
Written June 3, 2020
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