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Sarasota Bay Explorers

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
+1 941-388-4200
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7 and 10yo sons loved it! Hands on learning fun

We had such a fun time today with marine scientist Chloe and the captain. It was windy but they... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
tsoberdas
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Wisconsin
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Wonderful Afternoon

Bought the combination aquarium / bay tour tickets. The aquarium was good to visit and could be... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2017
jkfraser2017
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Denver, Colorado
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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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"marine biologist"
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"bird key"
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"clams"
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We had such a fun time today with marine scientist Chloe and the captain. It was windy but they handled it all so well. We found sea creatures and learned many new facts we'd not known before. And it feels good knowing we're supporting science...More

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Reviewed 16 February 2017

Bought the combination aquarium / bay tour tickets. The aquarium was good to visit and could be seen easily in about 1.5 hours. The tour on the bay was really good. A fun afternoon excursion we can recommend.

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Reviewed 18 January 2017

We booked a trip with Captain Sondra, who was both a captain and a marine biologist. There were only four of us sharing the $300 cost (we could have had two more, legally), but it was worth every cent. First, Captain Sondra was remarkably well...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2016

I was late getting to my reserved tour, but called to postpone to the next shift. This group is flexible, knowledgeable, and efficient. I learned a great deal about the Florida aquatic habitat and how to maintain it. Beyond informative, the tour was comfortable and...More

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Reviewed 5 December 2016

We took the 11am tour. The tour guide was Tanya and the Captain was Bill. The boat always has a captain who is certified to drive the boat, and a biologist to lead the tour. We saw so much of the local plants, birds, fish,...More

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I've used Sarasota Bay Explorers many times. If you have never kayaked before this is the perfect way to do it. You go out on a pontoon boat across the Bay pulling he kayaks behind you in the company of a marine biologist. Kayaking through...More

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Reviewed 21 June 2016

Took this tour today and it was well worth the time and reasonable cost. At one point during the trip, the crew goes forward on the boat and trawls for some sea life to show the guests (returned to the sea eventually). I was impressed...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2016

We took the Sea Life Encounter boat ride and it was a very pleasant experience. Our kids (9&11) had a great time. There were all ages on our trip so accessible for just about anybody. The boat ride was a shaded, refreshing alternative to another...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2016

My wife found these people on the internet and we decided that one of their trips would be our Christmas present to each other, one of the best presents ever, We booked a four hour trip to view/find dolphins, manatee and bird life - we...More

1  Thank P J
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

The team, Captain Steve, Chloe and Jen were all wonderful guides for our group which included two young kids. Good information, much fun getting out on the sandbar and collecting marine life, and good explanations of what we found. Highly recommended!

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Sarah W, General Manager at Sarasota Bay Explorers, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

So Glad you had a good time on our Nature Safari Tour

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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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