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Riverside Tours Inc.

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Address: 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL 34221
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+1 941-779-3606
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Riverside Tours Inc. offers narrated sightseeing, sunset, bar hopping,...

Riverside Tours Inc. offers narrated sightseeing, sunset, bar hopping, birthday, or custom boat tours up and down the Manatee River starting at $25 per person. Please go to manateeriversidetours.com for more information.941-779-3606

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nice day on the river

chartered the whole boat for a morning cruise with a group of sports car owners. had a gorgeous day of boating on the river with Capt. Tom and first mate Susan who gave narratives... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 January 2017
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Sun City Center, Florida
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A group of friends and I purchased tickets for this boat ride on Groupon. It was a fantastic deal. The boat ride was a very enjoyable trip. They do a wonderful narrative of the trip. It's also nice that you are able to bring your own refreshments too.i highly recommend it for anyone.

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Palmetto, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Riverside Tours twice - once during the day and once during the evening. Both tours were great, although the daytime tour was the better of the two. Captain Tom is very knowledgeable about the Manatee River and Bradenton. The padded benches are very comfortable and there are small tables for food and drink. The boat also... More 

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Denver, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

The Down River Day Trip provided a wonderful afternoon of water, nature and territorial exploration along the Manatee River and out into the Bay. Both Captain Tom and his awesome "first mate/tour guide/naturalist" Susan made the whole experience fun and enjoyable. Views are unrestricted from either side of the boat and delightfully informative and "inspirational" whether you relish an appreciation... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

My wife bought tickets for the holidays for the boat tour we had heard so much about. We could not have been more pleased with our decision! For the money, we haven't had that much fun in a long time. I saw all age groups on the boat and to a person they seemed to really be having a good... More 

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Sun City Center, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

chartered the whole boat for a morning cruise with a group of sports car owners. had a gorgeous day of boating on the river with Capt. Tom and first mate Susan who gave narratives about the history and ecology of the area.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

we chartered this boat for our boaters club and everyone had a wonderful time. the captain was very professional , as was his crew. the boat was nice and clean and comfortable. the trip down the river was timed perfectly with the sunset, which was beautiful. the crew played great music and there was much dancing. the whole evening was... More 

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SAINT PETERSBURG
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I bought a two person Groupon for this tour after looking at the tour's website. The trips went at 10am 1pm and sunset. However, after getting the Groupon and actually trying to reserve a time, I found out the boat only goes when 10 people have already booked the trip. That means you can't plan the trip for your convenience... More 

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Anna Maria Island, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This was a very enjoyable trip. The only "downside" is that all of the seats face the center and you are almost compelled to constantly turn your head to see the views as you ride along as all of the things to see are on either side of the boat. All in all, a nice day trip.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We had a great time, the couple that run the boat are very nice. They made a very enjoyable time. They take you all around the harbor and to the piers. You can bring your own food and drinks on board. The seats are comfortable.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Tour was very unsatisfactory. Spent a good deal of time prior to the trip speaking to the captain about types of tours. One was the history/nature tour with a naturalist; the other a party/bar hopping cruise. I booked the nature cruise on a Sunday afternoon as did at least ten others. Problem was a group booked a party cruise. Without... More 

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