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Address: 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Looking for an exciting, hands-on, educational and FUN experience on the...

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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Wonderful boat trip for kids and adults!

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 April 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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So Glad you had a good time on our Nature Safari Tour More 

Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

The boat tour leaves from the Mote Aquarium. I went with my 13-year-old and 8-year-old daughters. We took the 4 pm tour, which I would recommend because we had a chance to see all the sea creatures that were caught on earlier tours, and we saw the biologist put them back in the bay at the end of the tour.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

I brought my 12 and 14 year old homeschooled daughters on this excursion. I can't say enough about the biologists that took us on the trip. They were interesting, personable, and knowledgable. The girls learned so much and their interests were peaked by the hands on learning. I would definitely take them again. I highly recommend this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

We chose a calm day to maximize the chance of seeing wildlife. It paid off! Several dolphins were spotted. The Captain stops the boat so we all could watch. Going out to the bird rockery was special. Since this is the time of year the birds hatch, we saw a great variety of chicks. The boat is able to get... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

It was pretty pricey. Fifty dollars for me and my six year old. He really enjoyed it as he loves being on boats. I didn't mind hearing about the celebrities and houses as we passed by but it was advertised as a wildlife trip. We did learn a lot and the guide was very knowledgable. We LOVED the spot where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016 via mobile

We took the Sea Life Explorer cruise. It was windy and quite choppy, but the boat was very stable. The bird rookery was really interesting. On the way back, the biologists catch some sea life in a net and bring it on board for everyone to see. Everything is released back into the bay. Although, we didn't see any dolphins... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

We decided to do a trip with Sarasota Bay Explorers today. The reservation process was easy and the times of the tours were very frequent and convenient to our schedule. We chose the 12:30 tour and checked in at 12:00. The roll call was right on time and then we were told to head for the dock to load the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

On this tour, you get a nice boat ride around the bay and even make a stop on one of the small islands to examine the trees and plant life. Our marine biologist guide was a young lady who was very knowledgeable about the sea life and the plants. When the seasons and timing are right, you can also see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

First time there weren't enough people wanting to go on a tour (they need 7 for the seal life encounter cruise) so went back the next day. Sure glad we did. It was a great trip. The marine biologist was informative and fun and we saw a great deal - dolphins, pelicans, cormorants, snake bird, and when they dropped a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

The bay came alive with dolphins, birds, and fish sightings. This was a fun, educational tour on calm waters. I would go again!

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