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Blue Heron River Tours

#1 of 12 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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An Absolute Must

We have done this tour twice now and cone back completely thrilled. Captain Josh has an amazing ability to spot alligators, manatee and all the various types of birds. He also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ocean Springs
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Ocean Springs
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have done this tour twice now and cone back completely thrilled. Captain Josh has an amazing ability to spot alligators, manatee and all the various types of birds. He also has a great understanding of the ecosystem and can answer all questions put to him. This is an absolute must tour to take.

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time! We hope to see you on the river again soon! More 

Deltona, Florida
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361 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a Florida native and grew up swimming in Lake Monroe and the St.John's River. This is the first time I actually took an educational and ENTERTAINING tour of the river. WOW, am I lucky that a hungry gator never came upon me in my foolish teenage years! We saw some monster reptiles on this 2 hour tour. In 1997... More 

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

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time out on the river with Josh! We hope to see you again. More 

Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...and boy did they set the bar high for what was to come. We no kidding stumbled our way into a great experience in the heart of the real Florida. We flew into Sanford with only a rental car reservation and the notion we wanted to see FL but not the way so many others do...at Disney, Universal and Legoland.... More 

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

Thank you so much! We really love what we do and are happy to share it with you. Come and see us again soon More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the tour. Jessie, our captain, was very knowledgeable about the river's ecosystem and did a great job of showing us the plant and wildlife of the river area. We'll definitely be back!

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

We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip with Jess! We look forward to having you aboard again soon! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To get to see all the sea creatures and birds Florida has to offer, this is the tour. Our guide, Josh, was knowledgeable and entertaining. The manatees were magnificient and the alligators just sunning themselves. And so many birds. Josh told us all about the plant life, too. I take all my first-time Florida visitors on this tour. Then they... More 

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

We are so happy that you continue to bring your company and visit with us to share this river and all it's beauty with. More 

Massachusetts
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed a wonderful afternoon this week on the Blue Heron River Tours eco tour of the St John's River. The boat captain was very knowledgeable of the river's flora and fauna and took the time to get us close to everything to see it well and to take photos. Lots of beautiful birds, turtles, alligators and even a few... More 

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

Happy to hear that you enjoyed your time aboard! More 

DeLand, Florida
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

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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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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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

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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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 12 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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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 

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