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Sarasota Bay Explorers

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
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We've done this tour with our kids every time we go to Sarasota. At 5yrs old they enjoyed and at... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kory B
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I am from Sarasota and never knew about this tour. I highly recommend this tour for adults as well... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Martha L
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Warner Robins, United States
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Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the water? We've got it! We are located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida and work in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory to provide interactive marine science boat trips for both public and private use. We offer several types of eco-tours including our renowned Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to our regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of our 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties
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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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+1 941-388-4200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We've done this tour with our kids every time we go to Sarasota. At 5yrs old they enjoyed and at 11yrs old they enjoyed.

Thank Kory B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I am from Sarasota and never knew about this tour. I highly recommend this tour for adults as well as children. It was well organized and the staff was friendly and helpful. We saw multiple manatees, dolphins and birds. When the staff brought in the...More

Thank Martha L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time on the Sea Life Encounter. Very informational cruise and the marine biologist was great with the kids and adults. Very cool to see them use the net and the various sea life pulled in to see and then released. Great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have taken this boat tour every time we visit siesta key and my kids love it because it is educational and fun very enjoyable and interesting. Great tour operators every time we always see dolphins and manatees and other sea life

Thank Bet114
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on the same voyage as Michael J. from Texas. Agree 100%. The crew was awesome. There was never a dull moment. Jill's narration kept everyone's attention. They remained calm during a difficult situation and storm, and gave us a life-long memory. Thanks!!

Thank Eric M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the 4:00 tour including manatees and dolphin watching, Edwards island stop off, and educational fishing. Elliot was the volunteer and Jill was or biologist. Sally I don't recall the driver's name. The ride out was fun. Jill talked to us about the area...More

Thank Michael J
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very fun, informative boat ride for all ages. I have done this twice and enjoyed it each time. My children loved exploring all the sea life we caught, and dolphin watching. I highly recommend this if you are in the area!

Thank brookly143
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was surprised to find that I enjoyed this tour as much as my three grandkids age 8, 10, and 12! We all learned a lot and were able to see many dolphins.

Thank BethA750
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This week we took our 2nd boat ride called "Sea Life Encounter". It was good. I really liked our guide Ashley. She was enthusiastic, funny and informative. We did this same tour a few years ago and it is pretty much exactly the same. We...More

Thank annroseb
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great trip and my 5 year old loved it he thought getting to see the dolphins up close was amazing and getting to see the other sea life that qas pulled up with the net and was able to touch some of...More

Thank Lisa A
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Stanmac71
June 18, 2017|
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Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Our Sea Life Encounter tour departs daily at 11am , 1:30pm , and 4pm. Call the boat for reservations 941-388-4200
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LSG_Chloe
July 14, 2016|
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Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers
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