- 463 Ratings
Two Hour Manatee River Cruise
Set sail down Manatee River with this cruise that lets you see the best of Florida. Coast through Terra Ceia and Lower Tampa Bay while listening to a trained ecologist explain the local flora and fauna.
What You Will Do
- Enjoy a comfortable cruise ship that is weather protected as you work your way down a number of waterways
- Bring any food or beverages on board that you want to make your excursion as enjoyable as possible
- Marvel at rare and exotic animals that you'll spot from your ship, from manatees to a variety of seagulls
- Gaze at impressive mansions along the banks of Manatee River as you head for Lower Tampa Bay
- Float past incredible mangrove islands in Terra Ceia Bay as you learn about the history of this recently-restored estuary
- 2 hour guided boat tour of Manatee River and surrounding areas
- Complimentary bottled water and coolers
This tour requires a minimum of 10 people. Guests should dress in layers and wear sunscreen for maximum comfort while aboard the boat. The boat is equipped with on-board restrooms.
- 463 Ratings
Captain was thoughtful, pleasant and a good storyteller. Felt safe.
The service was excellent and the crew and captain very informative. A perfect way to cruise the river.
My daughter and I had a great time on the cruise. I have been wanting to go on the cruise for a while and when she came for a visit it was perfect. My son and his wife bought the tickets for me to take someone with me and it worked out perfectly and we both enjoyed it. Thanks again Sandy Mason
the boat was clean and well kept, very nice! the captain was low-key and courteous and gave us highlights of the tour, which was great as I appreciate not a constant chatter which can be a distraction when viewing the scenery and absorbing nature. the ride/tour was over 2 hours, sweet! lotta bang for your buck! his assistant was great, also not a constant barrage of chatter - personable - gave relevant information - complimentary water - checked with us periodically to made sure we were good and took good care of the captain too ... highly recommend this boat ride!!
The captain and Susan were very friendly and full of information about the area. The boat was well maintained and the route we took was just beautiful. Thanks so much for a great afternoon!
Great day on the water! We really enjoyed the ride and nature information and my friend ,who is a teacher, will be telling the kids about our sitings.
We enjoy the boat and the ride. It is nice that you took the extra time to let us enjoy the dolphin sighting. The narration was very interesting (would have been better if the noisy passengers would have been more polite and did not speak over the narration.) Both of you were very friendly and courteous. We will try to take another cruise with your company in the future.
The naturalist onboard was very interesting and engaging. Loved how they pick up trash from water.
The Narrator was just great! The skills of the Captain was very good as well! We were pleasantly surprised. Rod Scowden-
Beautiful day, very nice captain and first mate. Saw God's creatures, and enjoyed the information that was presented to us. Just enough. Boat very clean and well maintained. A great afternoon. Your Down River Day Trip will be on the agenda for our out of town visitors. Thank you. Joe and Sheila Behm
Capt. Tom & Susan fabolous trip, plus the extra !!! Many Thanks, Lela + two friends !!!
Excellent tour! Very Informative! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Beautiful day on the river and bay. I was particularly interested in the area history and habitats. It would have been great to have the area map imbedded into the table tops so we could follow our journey, as I lost track of exactly where we were. The sound system was a bit muffled for most of us in our group which made us strain to follow Susan's information. But, we all had a very relaxing tour although no manatees appeared. Thank you Captain Tom and Susan.
Susan and Capt Tom very informative and we learned a lot. Very pleasant.
Informative about the area and ecology A nice way to spend the day on open water. We will return
relaxed and educational trip. Captain Tom and Susan are both terrific. I appreciate being able to pay cash at the start of the trip.
We stayed in close contact with Captain Tom to wait and watch for tour availability based upon the minimum number of passengers required to hold. We were able to be flexible and new dates were arranged. We thoroughly enjoyed the historical and ecological information and were free to ask questions and learn even more. We sat close to Captain Tom and asked many personal questions relating to fishing and river information. We took the tour specifically to learn more before renting our own boat and it was WELL WORTH the wealth of information received. Our only concern was that we sent several emails with questions and comments about our dates and # attending, and I don't believe these emails were read. I suggest calling to speak to Captain Tom himself. We would highly recommend the tour to get to know the Manatee River and Palmetto area better. It was also simply a lovely boat ride.
It was very informative of the area and we discovered different life in Palmetto that we had no idea it existed. We also appreciated the information provided by Susan.
What a wonderful tour of the water and surroundings. Very relaxed and so nice we were able to bring some wine and truly enjoy the tour. We were so Lucy to see an Osprey nest and we dolphins. This was our second time on this tour and we will definitely go again. It’s a great idea for visitors and a group. Loved it!!!
Enjoyed the ride and the Captain Tom and hostess did great job of outlining the history and questions guests had regarding the area. Very beautiful day to cruise.
The captain was careful and proficient in his sailing. The lady guide and narrator was knowledgeable and very Friendly!
We had a great time! The weather was perfect for a boat ride! The commentary was wonderful as well. We'll surely tell others!
- Mary Kay
Captain Tom and Firstmate Ann were wonderful hosts. The cruise was a lot of fun our group of 10 all seemed very pleased and happy with the cruise.
Had a fun entertaining trip
Comfortable boat. Good views out the windows. Interesting places. Informative.
Boat was very clean and comfortable. Trip was comfortably long and pleasant with slight breeze, surf at sides of boat, and rocking of boat, yet warm enough even in December because enclosed with windows. Captain and First Mate, Ann, were both friendly. During Automatic Pilot, we had a photo opportunity to sit in the pilot seat and pretend to drive. Pilot tried to find dolphins that some saw. First mate, Ann, greeted us saying glad we dressed wisely. She was creative and caring to fix with duct tape the sole of my friend's shoe that came unglued on the way to the boat, making me feel she could figure out how to handle anything that could arise. Felt there was almost a friendship that developed among crew and all passengers. There were occasional interesting comments about mangroves, plus history and ownership stories of huge houses on shores and large anchored boat. First mate got out maps to show us visually where we were. Also we learned ideas how a boat could be used for good later, that involved hopes and dreams of crew members. Susan Stulting
We experienced a fantastic outing today. The guide Mike and his assistant were wonderful. It took a while to find any dolphins at all and then suddenly they were all over. So nice to be able to move around on the boat and not be stuck in a seat for the trip!!
Not every day you get to see a hippopotamus in the river (or a tree stump resembling one). Small group-10 total but a lot of fun regardless. Can't wait to book our Xmas lights/sunset cruise next month.
Good 2 hrs, shame we didn't see any manatees or dolphins but still enjoyable. Thank you
Great afternoon experience.
We had a wonderful time seeing and hearing about Manatee's and the lay of the land. ( Sea ) The grandkids really enjoyed the boat ride and seeing everything. I'm returning with more grandkids soon. Thank you for a wonderful time. Mick,Sandee,Madi,Kevin and Leighton.
Thank you, Captain Tom, for a fun and informative tour. We all enjoyed your commentary. Even though the water was a bit choppy, you made every effort to make our excursion enjoyable. The search for the manatees was a real treat!! We will come back again for another tour and tell our friends about our great adventure.
- doug & Jan
Nice weather and great crew!
I always bring out of town guests for your ride, and it is always enjoable.
What a wonderful trip down the river and through lower Tampa Bay! The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was a lovely time. Thank you!
Our boat Captain Chance was awesome!
God truly blessed us when He chose River Tours for my husband's funeral service. Thank you for stopping the boat to give my family time to reflect on Bob's life. Capt. Chance and his Mate respected our wishes. Thank you for stopping at the DeSoto Memorial. That made an impact on our family. God Bless you all!!!
I took my parents on the 1pm trip today. They loved it. It was interesting and everyone was very nice. It rained on and off and so Sonia was opening windows, closing windows!! Smiling all the time!
Captain Chance was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. Loved the trip
Can't wait to try the upriver tour next! Loved all the history, humor and info shared by Captain Chance!
Dear Capt Tom, Once again the Manatee River Rats had a wonderful trip. Capt Chance and 1st mate Bebe were extremely accommodating to all of our guests. After all expenses we raised just over $150 which is earmarked to charities within Colony Cove. Thank you for helping us accomplish this. Hope you enjoyed KW! Regards, Bob Sobon