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Address: 100 N Alexander St, Mount Dora, FL 32757-5570
Phone Number: +1 352-434-8040
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Premier Boat Tours (Located at The Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora)providing narrated...

Premier Boat Tours (Located at The Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora)providing narrated Eco-tours into the unspoilt Dora Canal, through towering cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss. Commonly seen on the canal are herons, ibis, egrets, anhingas, turtles and alligators. The tour continues onto one of the lakes in the Harris Chain, in search of bald eagles and osprey. Our luxury all-weather pontoon boats provide a shaded, stable and dry platform to observe the beautiful surroundings.

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Awesome....a must do!

We definitely recommend this 2 hour boat tour of Lake Dora and the Canal with Captain Randy & Captain John. The captains are entertaining and very knowledgeable of the area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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FV
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We definitely recommend this 2 hour boat tour of Lake Dora and the Canal with Captain Randy & Captain John. The captains are entertaining and very knowledgeable of the area. They point out so many things such as plants, trees, eagles, birds, and alligators along the way. You will be surprised at what you will experience as you travel the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Capt. John & 1st Mate, Sandy were fun and knowledgeable. They interacted with all the guests. Had some difficulty hearing the recorded portion of tour due to wind noise but got the gist and Capt & Sandy filled in the blanks. It was a beautiful, clear day, great way to spend a couple of hours. Hint: take the 11a.m. tour... More 

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We booked the day before and went on the 11:00 trip. We saw lots of wild life and flora & fauna in the canal. Our two captains kept us entertained and informed. The funniest part was a passenger pointed out an alligator which one of the captains declared was a log which then swam away........

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Empire, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Pleasant ride, but as someone else said in their review " more boats than wildlife," and plenty of gas fumes from the motor boats detracted from the "eco tour." Also extensive trailer homes along canal. Guides were personable and friendly. At the end they hit you up for a tip - actually talk about it. After spending $84. For three... More 

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TudorBarratt-Scanes, Owner at Premier Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we appreciate all feedback and the opportunity to respond to it. The Dora Canal connecting Lake Dora to Lake Eustis is 1 ¼ miles long and comprises of a ¼ mile residential section with mobile homes, houses and city parks and then 1 mile of natural jungle river. The birds and animals that frequent Lake... More 

Manahawkin, New Jersey
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

captain john and first mate sandy were fun and informative. the two hour tour was eye opening for me. I hope to go back again soon.

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Bel Air, Maryland
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88 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this lovely, two hour tour on the lake. Captain John and his first-mate Sandy, provided us with a friendly presentation and were excellent hosts. We saw alligators, birds, and a snapping turtle. Highly recommended!

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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. Randy was great and was funny and very informative. You get a chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Saw eagles, blue heron, and several species of birds along with being surrounded by several cypress trees with moss hanging down. This is truly the old Florida in its natural state. The canals are very... More 

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Ocala, Florida
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53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We made a reservation because we had a large group. They were very accommodating, and boarded us first so that we could all sit together. The day was very hot but with the cover we cooled off as soon as we got moving. They tried to alert us to every bird and alligator they saw as well as tell us... More 

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Clermont, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

No seats available while you waited, poor boarding procedures, no regard to those with mobility issues, no seating in front until rear of boat was filled. Narrated tour was prerecorded & boring. Canal tour was boring & hot with only birds that fished to see. Turning into canals of no interest such as the Tiki hut & alligator island, nothing... More 

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TudorBarratt-Scanes, Owner at Premier Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your tour and the service you received, as you can see from most of our other reviews, 99% of our customers do. We obviously cannot control the wildlife that you may see on your tour, the Dora Canal and its side canals are always different. Being... More 

Mount Dora, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

The captains were very sweet and funny. Very pleasant speaking voices with lots of information about the area. I enjoyed it so much the first time with my mom that I made sure I took my sister and niece when they came to visit. My niece had absolutely no interest in going but when we got back she thanked me... More 

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