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Blue Heron River Tours

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Address: DeLand, FL 32720
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We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of...

We operate a 45 foot, 49 passenger Coast Guard licensed tour boat out of Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina in Deland, Florida.

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Our favorite tour here so far

Almost don't want folks to know how lovely this tour is...we've been a few times and the captains we had on 2 occasions (Jessie & Josh) were wonderful. They really know the area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Rose W
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DeLand, Florida
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DeLand, Florida
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Almost don't want folks to know how lovely this tour is...we've been a few times and the captains we had on 2 occasions (Jessie & Josh) were wonderful. They really know the area with all the flora and fauna, and as a birding enthusiast, I was impressed with their knowledge and ability to spot the best specimens. We had fabulous... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great, great day. We saw herons, cranes, ospreys, a bald eagle, egret Comorans, limpkins, lots of alligators, manatees, and more. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and patient. Perfect weather, smooth ride.

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Venice, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second trip on the this cruise. It was wonderful both times. Saw many nesting birds this trip. The Captain was very knowledgeable and did a great job maneuvering the boat for everyone to see the birds, gators and other wildlife. The boat is very comfortable and clean. A real relaxing way to spend 2 hours and see... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you, again, enjoyed your time aboard. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While in Florida for a couple of weeks, I ran across info on the Blue Heron River Tour in Deland FL. I took the 2pm tour and it was a very nice day. Jesse was the captain and she was great. She provided great information about the river's history and located and pointed out the numerous birds and other wildlife... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on the river with Jessie! We look forward to getting you out on the river again in the future! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this tour and I highly recommend it. The captain was great. He was knowledgeable, entertaining, and had a great eye for wildlife. There were definitely many different birds to see, and we saw several alligators. The boat was clean and comfortable. And there is a delicious restaurant right by the tour office called the St. John's River... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that your tour was enjoyable! We hope to get you out on the river again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took an afternoon cruise on the St John river. The boat is a large pontoon and this time of year, it was pleasant. However, the boat captain said summer afternoon cruises can be brutally hot! Saw many varieties of birds and gators as well. Manatees had just left the area earlier in the week. So if you want to see... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your ride! We look forward to seeing you again on the river. More 

Ocean Springs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

We have done this tour twice now and cone back completely thrilled. Captain Josh has an amazing ability to spot alligators, manatee and all the various types of birds. He also has a great understanding of the ecosystem and can answer all questions put to him. This is an absolute must tour to take.

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time! We hope to see you on the river again soon! More 

Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

I'm a Florida native and grew up swimming in Lake Monroe and the St.John's River. This is the first time I actually took an educational and ENTERTAINING tour of the river. WOW, am I lucky that a hungry gator never came upon me in my foolish teenage years! We saw some monster reptiles on this 2 hour tour. In 1997... More 

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your time out on the river with Josh! We hope to see you again. More 

Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

...and boy did they set the bar high for what was to come. We no kidding stumbled our way into a great experience in the heart of the real Florida. We flew into Sanford with only a rental car reservation and the notion we wanted to see FL but not the way so many others do...at Disney, Universal and Legoland.... More 

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sailor1978, Owner at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We really love what we do and are happy to share it with you. Come and see us again soon More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

We really enjoyed the tour. Jessie, our captain, was very knowledgeable about the river's ecosystem and did a great job of showing us the plant and wildlife of the river area. We'll definitely be back!

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sailor1978, Guest Relations Manager at Blue Heron River Tours, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your trip with Jess! We look forward to having you aboard again soon! More 

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