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About Wild Side Tours
Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational, informative and fun presentations. See the other side of Cocoa Beach, Banana River, Indian River Lagoon, and the understanding of manatees, dolphins and birds, as well as the mangrove islands. Our 20 passenger catamaran, with open seating and coverage to provide shade allows for a more personal and interactive experience. Daily tours RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Private tours are also available for birding, photography, and marine science. Private charters for birthday parties, reunions company off time or you name it.
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Cocoa Beach, FL, USA
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our tour through the Thousand Island/Banana River natural area was great. Our guides knew the history, creatures, and layout of the area well. Our trip included rare birds, manatees, alligators, and dolphins swimming alongside and playing around our boat. The weather was warm and we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We are please that you enjoyed our hidden treasures. It is great when the animals and weather both cooperate.

Reviewed 1 week ago

The afternoon was beautiful and the birds and animals made appearances! The hosts were very knowledgeable about the area as well as the animals that inhabit the area. We were able to see a manatee up close, as well as watching a number of dolphins...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on this tour a couple weeks ago. It was pretty cold that week so we unfortunately could not see any manatees as they need warmer weather. We saw a lot of birds and learned a lot of information. The great thing was with all...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank carebear031
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our day out with Jeanette and Rusty. They taught us so much about the beautiful birds of the area. It was a really relaxing ride, they were great captains and hosts and we even saw dolphins really up close at the end!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We very much enjoyed our 2 hour cruise with Capt. Jeanette. We saw numerous birds and dolphins on our trip. Great auto-focus binoculars were provided, and several birding books on board enhanced my trip. Even my 85 year old mother had a great time and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking time to share your experience with us. I love to hear how all ages enjoy nature and our tour.

Reviewed 5 January 2019

This was a Christmas gift from one of my daughters to the other, with her boyfriend. They had a great time, saw dolphins, and learned a lot about the habitat. Will do this again!

Date of experience: December 2018
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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2019

We are happy that you enjoyed your Christmas gift and looking forward to seeing you again. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

My wife and I had a great time seeing the wild life of the Banana River. The guides were amazing and even though we didn’t have our children with us, honeymoon and all, we look forward to bring them based on how they were around...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bobross78
natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2019

It was great to meet you and looking forward to meeting your children in the future. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Again congratulations on your marriage.

Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

This was a fantastic cruise! The guides Speedy and Tonya were extremely knowledgeable of the area and of the wildlife in the area. We wanted to see manatees and dolphins and we did! We will definitely do this again!

Date of experience: December 2018
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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

Reviewed 30 December 2018

The staff is very knowledgeable about the local area and the environment. Captain Tanya handles her boat with precision and skill that I haven't seen in a long time. Just Perfect! She has great eye for those 'marine friendly mammals' (Dolphin and Manatees). Thank you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We love to meet people that enjoy nature.

Reviewed 30 December 2018 via mobile

We traveled with Captains Tanya & Jeanette on a noon tour. We have a daughter with special needs & took the boat ride the day before her birthday. We were able to experience herons, egrets, a mother dolphin & her baby, & a manatee. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2019

I am pleased that you all enjoyed the tour. It was great to meet your family and see you enjoying the dolphins and the area. Your daughter was a joy to have on the boat with her excitement for the dolphins. Jeanette

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Response from Lynne G | Reviewed this property |
You should call them, ours was a private tour so the pricing may have been custom.
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Dorothy C
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We can get a manual wheelchair aboard. However electric and scooters are too heavy and hard to maneuver. There is also one small step on the dock.
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