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1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida
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1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida

By The Living Water Boat Cruises
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Take an award winning tour of the Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven! Awarded the Certificate of Excellency & Travelers Choice awards every year since 2018. Experience true southern hospitality as you explore real Florida aboard a brand new Pontoon boat with a local guide with over 40 years experience. Your guide will take you on adventure like no other through the incredible beauty and rich history of 5 to 6 historical lakes of the famous Chain of Lakes . You will be able to capture amazing photos of the abundant wildlife and lush tropical landscaping that line the shores of this rich resource. You can expect to see alligators, otters, blue heron, turtles, osprey, anhingas and much more! You will also learn about the history of Cypress Gardens and take a nostalgic look at the famous Florida pool as you glide by and peek into a moment in history where the southern bells once stood on the famous Cypress Gardens bridge.This tour is perfect for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike!
from
€41.82
per adult
from
€41.82
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-102, max of 10 per group
Duration:
1h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English


  • Bottled water
  • We provide bottled water. Guests are welcome to bing anything they woud like to eat or drink.


Departure details
  • Harborside, 2435 7th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880, USA Your tour will depart from the dock at Harborside restaurant. Please proceed to the dock. The captain will be waiting for you. DO NOT check in with the hostess in the restaurant as he/she will not have any information about your tour. Restrooms do not open until 11:30am so please plan accordingly.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 340646P1

  • Most travellers can participate
  • We can accomodate one non-transferrable wheelchair guest per tour. Pick up location would change to the boat launch next door to restaurant for wheelchair access
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

Which attractions will I visit with 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida?
How much is 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida?
1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida price starts from €39.52. Discover and book 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida on Tripadvisor
What is the 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida cancellation policy?
1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida on Tripadvisor
Which company provides 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida?
1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida is hosted by The Living Water Boat Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact The Living Water Boat Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book 1.5 Hour Guided Historical Wildlife Tour of The Famous Chain of Lakes in Florida on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 340646P1

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Harborside
    2435 7th St SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880, USA
    Your tour will depart from the dock at Harborside restaurant. Please proceed to the dock. The captain will be waiting for you. DO NOT check in with the hostess in the restaurant as he/she will not have any information about your tour. Restrooms do not open until 11:30am so please plan accordingly.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Legoland Florida Resort
    Chain of Lakes Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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biggfish3
biggfish3
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big surprise at the end
Randy our Captain was is knowledgeable and friendly, we saw so much and as we were docking there was a Bald Eagle p
PLan977
PLan977
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Enjoyable boat tour
We booked a 9:30 a.m. one hour tour on a Saturday morning. Our captain, Captain D was on time and did a fabulous j
sensei22
sensei22
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Wonderful and informative boat ride!
Our guide was so nice. Stopped to let us take pictures and even made the reservation for dinner afterwards. I plan
LISADOESTAXES
LISADOESTAXES
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Sunrise Tour
Getting up at 6 o'clock on a Saturday was a little rough but it was so worth it!!! The sunrise over Lake Eloise wa
honeymooners2000
honeymooners2000
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We had a great time!
It was so easy to book with them. They were timely, and the seating was very comfortable. They keep it way under
amiller919
amiller919
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Great sunset cruise
Wonderful way to see the chain of lakes, great boat, beautiful sunset and outstanding crew. We will be back.
Kaye S
Kaye S
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Wonderful cruise
We had a wonderful, interesting and personal cruise. Tristan, our captain was informative and knowledgeable. Eve
collhic
collhic
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Fun jaunt on the lakes of Winter Haven
This 2 hour cruise is a great way to see the chain of lakes that makes Winter Haven so special. We also happened up
kwisecup123
kwisecup123
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Day Tour
We went on the day tour. Rue was a wonderful tour guide/driver. He grew up in Winter Haven, so knows so much histo
120fredericc
120fredericc
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Great experience, wonderfull tour
Rue was very nice and the tour was great, we recommand. Its knowledge of the chain lakes and the surroundings, and
cldfree2022
cldfree2022
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GREAT CRUISE
It was a wonderful cruise. Very interesting, and enjoyable. The boat was comfortable. Randy was an excellent hos
niaerrn
niaerrn
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3 hour lunch cruise
I booked a 3 hour lunch cruise for my husband's birthday! It was a surprise my best friend and her husband came we
tarajean2022
tarajean2022
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Highly Recommend the Sunset Cruise
Our boat captain “Tristen” was very professional, polite, patent, courteous, knowledgeable, and entertaining. The
179jesseh
179jesseh
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Wonderful
We are new to Florida and have been looking for informative and fun things to do. This activity is definitely a mu
jherf1
jherf1
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Living Water Boat Cruise
Our experience was great. We had a morning cruise and we were able to see some wild life including otters, many bi
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Janice Tierney
5 contributions
Family
We had a great trip through the chain of lakes with Captain Darrell! He was so nice, felt like family, and gave lots of really interesting info while adding in jokes and fun conversation. The pontoon boat was a comfortable ride. Capt Darrell pointed out wildlife (birds and plants) and told us about each, and he told us lots of fun facts about each lake and canal. Our whole family (including the kids - ages 14 & 5) highly recommend this boat tour!
Written 5 September 2022
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Dear Tierney family, Thank you so much for cruising with us and sharing your enjoyable experience with us and fellow travelers on Trip Advisor. Captain Darrell said that he throughly enjoyed meeting y’all and sharing this beautiful resource with such an awesome family. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your historic nature cruise aboard our new boat. We feel truly grateful and blessed to have you aboard our boat. Our Guests satisfaction is paramount to us and the success of our company as we strive to deliver an exceptional experience for our wonderful families on the lakes. Thank you for trusting our company to get you out into the “Great Outdoors,” in a safe and fun environment. We are passionate about the lakes and love and appreciate our Guests so much for your support and giving us the unique privilege and opportunity to do what we love, and for that we are eternally grateful. Please keep in touch and we hope to see you again soon and share more Lakes with y’all in the future. May God Bless you and your family throughout the New Year to come. Rue and Sharlene Denton Owners 😎💦⚓️🚤🐊🦅🇺🇸
Written 12 September 2022
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barrynoah
Davenport, FL712 contributions
We went on a wonderful evening cruise which included seeing the chain of lakes. The captain was outstanding - very friendly, knowledgeable and comforting. We felt safe the entire time, he managed a little weather issue to make sure we stayed safe and dry by avoiding potential rain issues. The sunset was wonderful. When we made the reservation they also handled our dinner reservation at the Harborside Restaurant to make sure our timing was properly managed. Great time. Highly recommend to all.
Written 7 May 2022
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Gail R
Haines City, FL53 contributions
We enjoyed a 1 hour cruise around 4 of Winter Haven’s lakes. The pontoon boat is much more comfortable than an airboat, so it was a relaxing way to get out and enjoy the lakes. We went on a weekday, so there was also a lot less traffic on the lakes,
Written 16 September 2022
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Barrie V
Birmingham, UK72 contributions
We turned up on short notice and thankfully Captain Darryl had not left yet and we managed to sort out payment with his office and jump straight on board.

Capt Darryl was very friendly and knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife etc and the enthusiasm came across with how he explained things and took time in areas to explain the background.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and the company and would definitely recommend the tour to anyone with a bit of time to spare and wanting to know a little more of the Winter Haven area.

The cold water and sun cream were very welcome in the second hour!

Hope to see you again soon.
Written 5 August 2022
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ChosePeace
1 contribution
Family
Excellent cruise with Boat Captain Darrell. We've cruised several times with different family members. Each time was slightly different, but each cruise very enjoyable. We loved that Captain Darrell made our cruise kid friendly. Good, clean relaxing fun. There were no gators, but the breeze was warm and the conversation was good. We would recommend for relaxation.
Cruise Tip: Bring a brimmed hat or visor that fits snugly on your head. The sun beams strong on the water.
Written 22 June 2022
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Wow! Thank you so much for cruising with us and sharing your enjoyable experience with us and fellow travelers on Trip Advisor. Captain Darrell said that he throughly enjoyed meeting y’all and sharing this beautiful resource with such an awesome family. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your historic nature cruise aboard our new boat. We feel truly grateful and blessed to have you aboard our boat. Our Guests satisfaction is paramount to us and the success of our company as we strive to deliver an exceptional experience for our wonderful families on the lakes. Thank you for trusting our company to get you out into the “Great Outdoors,” in a safe and fun environment. We are passionate about the lakes and love and appreciate our Guests so much for your support and giving us the unique privilege and opportunity to do what we love, and for that we are eternally grateful. Please keep in touch and we hope to see you again soon and share more Lakes with y’all in the future. May God Bless you and your family throughout the New Year to come. Rue and Sharlene Denton Owners 😎💦⚓️🚤🐊🦅🇺🇸
Written 2 July 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Frank C
1 contribution
What a fantastic trip we had yesterday afternoon with Captain Darrell (Capt. D). My wife, me, our two daughters and two of our grandkids had one of those days that'll stick with you. Just a perfect day! Captain D was so knowledgeable and knew 'his stuff'. Was constantly sharing history and pointing out wildlife and plants to us. His knowledge of the ski show at Legoland was exceptional. We were sharing our trip with friends last night and their comment was that they all remembered Bananaman from past visits to Cypress Gardens. Thanks Capt. D for a special day.
The Childs Family
Written 23 April 2022
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Robert K
1 contribution
Family
Capt Rue was a great wealth of information with the local wildlife. There were several photo ops available. He explained how some of the lakes were created. Capt Rue also provided some history of the land as well, houses, roads. If you decide to take a cruze, ask for Capt Cruz. Thank you and God bless you
Written 3 May 2022
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KayBee17
Lewes, DE91 contributions
Captain Ron led our pontoon boat. All good, all the way around. Scheduled as a 2 hour trip but was well over that. Got a front seat view of the LegoLand water ski show. Interesting series of lakes connected by canals. Was such a chill vibe. Would recommend altho off the beaten path, it was well worth the time & the $. Even saw a gator floating in the Florida shaped pool outside LegoLand. He was not supposed to be there but the waters have been so high due to recent rains that he was able to drift in! Crazy.
Written 5 September 2022
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Thank you KAYBEE so much for cruising with us and sharing your enjoyable experience with us and fellow travelers on Trip Advisor. Captain Ron said that he throughly enjoyed meeting y’all and sharing this beautiful resource with such an awesome family. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your historic nature cruise aboard our new boat. We feel truly grateful and blessed to have you aboard our boat. Our Guests satisfaction is paramount to us and the success of our company as we strive to deliver an exceptional experience for our wonderful families on the lakes. Thank you for trusting our company to get you out into the “Great Outdoors,” in a safe and fun environment. We are passionate about the lakes and love and appreciate our Guests so much for your support and giving us the unique privilege and opportunity to do what we love, and for that we are eternally grateful. Please keep in touch and we hope to see you again soon and share more Lakes with y’all in the future. May God Bless you and your family throughout the New Year to come. Rue and Sharlene Denton Owners 😎💦⚓️🚤🐊🦅🇺🇸
Written 12 September 2022
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Julie C
Erskine, United Kingdom50 contributions
Couples
Booked our trip last minute and spur of the moment. Was not disappointed, communication from Charlene was quick and efficient. Despite it just be two of us on the boat, Randy our guide ensured we had a good tour of the lakes and canal and managed to find a gator as well!
The boat was very comfortable and I would definitely recommend this tour.
Written 17 September 2022
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Our Captain Darrell Fisher was at his best. He knew all of the places to find all the wildlife and he was very knowledgeable about the Chain of Lakes. We were on the boat with 4 of our friends and very much enjoyed every minute. Even got to enjoy the Legoland Water Show, too. It was absolutely the BEST 2 hours on the water. Highly Recommended to anyone wanting to see how the waters are all connected around the area. Amazing
Written 24 March 2022
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