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Sarasota Bay Explorers

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Loved the sea life tour

This was all around a great tour. I enjoyed the entire trip from beginning to end. I just wish I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
shartli
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Newton, New Jersey
This is a MUST DO!

This trip was amazing and one of our favorite parts of our trip. We spent our last evening on our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was all around a great tour. I enjoyed the entire trip from beginning to end. I just wish I had brought my better camera for the bird rookery island as distance was a bit of a factor. pros. Interesting Long enough to be worth...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was amazing and one of our favorite parts of our trip. We spent our last evening on our vacation on the sunset cruise. Ryan, a marine biologist hosted part of the trip by showing and explaining different creatures found on their previous trips....More

Thank Christine H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Eco Boat Tour is seperate from the Mote Research Aquarium, but is connected with it...I highly recommend the couple hour trip, as a prelim or post Mote Aquarium visit. It is scenic, interesting and very informative even for the us that have done a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did the sea-life encounter cruise which can be coupled with a ticket to MOTE (pro-tip: if you have a reciprocal membership to a different zoo, it’s cheaper to do the cruise and get your MOTE ticket separate as the ticket to the MOTE will...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Did the nature safari trip this week and had a great time with our kids age 7 and 9. The entire experience is in Sarasota Bay - not out in the ocean. Best part was wading around the sand bar catching critters. They provided nets...More

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Reviewed 1 March 2018

This was an excellent educational and fun outing on Sarasota Bay and visit to Edwards island. Numerous dolphin sitings, a stop at Big Edwards island to learn about the vegetation and environment and numerous exotic bird sitings. Well worth taking a few hours to take...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

This tour is really informative and great for all ages. We saw dolphins which was the highlight for me! We also saw a lot of sea birds too.

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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

The Sea Life Encounter Cruise is WONDERFUL!! There is so much to see and experience out on the water and this cruise has everything - a comfortable, safe, stable boat, a great Captain and a MARINE BIOLOGIST! Dolphins, a beach walk, informative catch and release...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

We took a family group of eleven and purchased the combination Mote and boat ride. Thank you to Michelle and Volunteer Don for an informative and fun trip. This is a learning and educational experience for kids. Where else can you go and see the...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

My family decided to give the boat ride a try and it was worth it! The staff was very knowledgeable and personable. We were on the boat for 1hr 45 mins and learned a lot. During the trip we spotted dolphins and a juvenile bald...More

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Stanmac71
18 June 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
15 July 2016|
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Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers
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