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Blue Heron River Tours

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2999 W State Road 44, DeLand, FL 32720-8844
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Best river eco-tour

Josh is the owner/ operator of this 2-hour pontoon boat tour. The prices are very reasonable. Josh... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Keith P
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Piquot lakes
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Great tour of river wildlife!!

Great tour of St John's river wildlife. Our captain, Josh, was very knowledgeable of the river and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ldeeisme
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Florida
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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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  • Very good3%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“captain josh” (31 reviews)
“pontoon boat” (27 reviews)
“real florida” (21 reviews)
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2999 W State Road 44, DeLand, FL 32720-8844
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"flora and fauna"
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"highly recommend this tour"
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"eco tour"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Josh is the owner/ operator of this 2-hour pontoon boat tour. The prices are very reasonable. Josh is super knowledgeable about the wildlife, ecology, and history of the St. John River. He is a US Coast Guard licensed captain. The tour is conducted on a...More

Thank Keith P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great tour of St John's river wildlife. Our captain, Josh, was very knowledgeable of the river and it's wildlife. He pointed out many animals that most would have missed and even gave background information about them. He also pointed out and described flora and fauna...More

Thank ldeeisme
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is on a big covered pontoon boat, so shaded from the sun, which makes it comfortable. The Captain was Josh. He was really entertaining and extremely knowledgeable.....like a walking encyclopedia!! We saw some rare birds, Limpkins, I believe. The trip is up the...More

Thank Kone07
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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with Josh so much! We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I have been on this tour twice in the past two months and both times it has been fantastic! Josh our tour guide is so knowledgeable an on the history of the area, plants, trees, birds and animals. He explains everything in simple terms and...More

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sailor1978, Front Office Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time aboard with Captain Josh! Thank you for your very kind review! We hope to tour with you again soon.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Wonderful day on the reversing native Florida. The boat is comfortable and the guide was excellent, so full of information and river lore. He pointed out where we should look to see the wildlife.

Thank iamsharonturk
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sailor1978, Front Office Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us, we hope to get you out again soon!

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Reviewed 24 February 2018

While experiencing the recent Daytona 500 race week, we took a day trip to Deland and went on the river cruise. It is only 24 miles from Daytona Beach and boy was it worth the ride. Jessie, was our captain and she was phenomenal. She...More

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sailor1978, Front Office Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip with Captain Jessi! We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

It was a cooler sunny day great for pictures. Captain Josh has an eagle eye and is very informative. We saw birds that are hard to see. Lucky day! Well worth the money in our opinion.

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sailor1978, Front Office Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Thank you for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your trip with Captain Josh and hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

Had a wonderful time on this tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Educational, fun way to spend some in Florida that isn't in a theme park

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you for your review! We are pleased that you enjoyed your trip!

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Reviewed 16 December 2017

Have gone with this group before and it has always been great. This time was an Audubon charter nature tour with 19 people. The captain was knowledgeable and could spot a gator or bird from a great distance. Overall this was a great tour!

Thank Roger F
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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip on 'Great Blue'.

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Reviewed 15 December 2017 via mobile

Spent two hours on the tour on December 14 2017. Josh is the owner, captain and encyclopedia of Flora and fauna knowledge. Unfortunately, the river is still very close to flood stage, so most of the ground animals are nowhere to be found. Josh did...More

Thank chillman141
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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time aboard with Josh. Hopefully, we can get you back out on the river at another time when the water level is down to show you even more!

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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.
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By far the best restaurant is the area is Blackwater Inn Restaurant in Astor. We live in Titusville, Florida and have been there on numerous occasion and have even brought two groups of senior adults. Highly recommended... More
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