- 505 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.
- 505 Ratings
Ann was very knowledgeable and very personable. She and Capt. Tom worked well together.
The cruise was fantastic yet relaxing. The boat was sparkling clean; it has large windows that can be opened or closed and a very clean restroom if needed. The captain and tour guide were informative with lots of interesting facts and trivia about the area. Great way to spend a couple of hours on calm water!
This was by far one of my favorite experiences in Tampa! We had a blast watching dolphins, manatees, and learning about all of the history during the tour. The staff are warm, friendly, and down to earth. I highly recommend this tour! It is great for all ages, both the adults and the 10 year old in my group all had a great time. :)
It was a beautiful day for a ride down the river. Our guide was very knowledgeable, personable and readily answered our questions.
Perfect boat trip for nature lovers...we saw dolphins, manatees and a lot of different birds!!
Learned much about Manatee River I had not realized.
Very informative. I have been visiting friends on Snead Island since 1994 and I learned more about the area todayinteresting facts today
Very enjoyable cruise around Snead Island and up the Bradenton side of the river. Great weather and excellent narration with humor.
We had beautiful weather. The 1st made tour guide was excellent. The boat was very comfortable and pleasant.
My family and I really enjoyed our trip, it was very informative and relaxing. We will be back very soon!!!
Captain Tom was so gracious and accommodating on the phone. He worked us in on 3/1/19 from 3:00-5:00. We had a interesting, enjoyable, and fun cruise. We plan to cruise, again, with Captain Tom and his informative, delightful female guide.
Great day. Informative and beautiful views.
We were very entertained by both the captain and crew. It was a very informative and enjoyable river tour.
Very friendly, informative guide (Ann) and capable captain.
Nice people. Nice trip. Boat was immaculate including restroom. If you have been in tour boats before or head boats, you know how the restrooms can be. This is a good operation. One you can take your family on and not have any concerns.
Captain Tom provided a great boat trip eventhough the river was very choppy due the high winds. Ann provided an entertaining and enjoyable discussion of the sights we saw. The seating was very comfortable. My wife and I recommend the trip. Thank you for a delightful tour.
Boat was clean and comfortable. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable
Great weather, Captain Tom very considerate re safety and boat waves. Ann very informative re points of interest and history. Great tour. Worth time and money.
Both driver and host were very personable and informative, and the over=all experience was enjoyable.
Capt. Tom is an excellent navigator even in windy conditions. Love the Narration given by Ann. Enjoyable and educational cruise.
The staff was very professional and had a lot of knowledge about the local area plus super friendly. My family and I had a wonderful time and can not wait to come back again. Also the boat it self is clean due to the staff taking time out to clean it them selves. You can tell everyone on board takes pride in their job. Thank you so much!
It was very informative, relaxing and enjoyable. It was a great experience. Looking forward to doing it again. Thank you.
Capt and his first mate took us an extremely enjoyable afternoon cruise. They were knowledgeable of the areas and wildlife and stopped a few times to pick up garage to help protect our oceans. Can't ask for more than that. Well worth the money and extremely relaxing and fun.
We booked a lunchtime cruise down the river for an employee lunch and had a fantastic time! The captain and guide were informative and fun. We saw dolphins and manatees along the way and they took the time to point out islands and wildlife and share local stories. This was a fantastic team outing! We'll be back to see the holiday lights from the boat soon! Thanks for a great time.
Captain Tom and his first mate are the best! Very knowledgeable about the area and we saw beautiful areas only accessible by boat. Will absolutely be doing this again.
Wonderful way to spend the afternoon! Captain Tom and First mate were great tour guides, pointing out areas of interest throughout the tour- lots of fun, great music, the time flew by. Next time we're doing the night tour! Thanks to Captain & Crew, from Jeff & Paige
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!!!