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Sarasota Bay Explorers

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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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Great boat tour

We had a great trip and my 5 year old loved it he thought getting to see the dolphins up close was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lisa A
via mobile
not only fun but educational for the family

We took the nature safari and enjoyed it. During the boat ride they give you some info about the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Heather M
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Saint James, Missouri
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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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1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236-1004
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"sea life encounter"
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"marine biologist"
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"puffer fish"
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"mote aquarium"
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"combo ticket"
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"bird rookery"
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"nature walk"
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"boat ride"
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"sarasota bay"
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"combo price"
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"swimming nearby"
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"learning fun"
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"sea grasses"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a great trip and my 5 year old loved it he thought getting to see the dolphins up close was amazing and getting to see the other sea life that qas pulled up with the net and was able to touch some of...More

Thank Lisa A
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the nature safari and enjoyed it. During the boat ride they give you some info about the area and what celebrities own houses that you pass. We even got to see dolphins. On the nature walk you learn about some of the plants...More

Thank Heather M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed this cruise so much. Not only do you get a wonderful view of the Sarasota Bay and its grand houses, but the tour guide (Jill) and volunteer (Kevin) were also great for showing us the kind of sea life in the area. After...More

Thank Arvilla F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great boat for kids to experience what lives in our Bay and get a close up look at many different fish, crabs and seahorses. we saw lots of dolphins and many kinds of birds too. A fun morning adventure with my 8...More

Thank Cher P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guide and captain were amazing! They were so patient and informative. Accepted and answered any questions the adults or kids had. Were so friendly and courteous. My kids (10 & 5) loved how interactive it was! My husband and I learned a lot too!...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a excellent cruise and sunset . Staff friendly and informative. Bonus we got to see local fish and crabs that were found on day eco tour . Baby stingray too .. well worth the price ! Please go on this tour .

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 11yr old and 5yr and my mom and i had a great time. Did a great job got to see life creatures of the sea and even had a little island walk. I would totally do this again!

Thank Tiffany A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took some grandkids here expecting great trip after the hype on the Internet...was pretty disappointed in the "ecotour"...it was mostly justa boat ride around the bay...yes we stopped at an island and saw the trees...not much in the way of eco-knowledge...the idea of trawling for...More

Thank captjoe777
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a fantastic trip with the Sarasota Bay Explorers- there were only a handful of folks besides my family on our boat, so it was almost as if we had a personalized charter with a Marine Biologist! The boat ride itself was enjoyable, but...More

Thank Leah V
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

We loved this experience! The boat was comfortable and easy to walk around to see the beautiful Sarasota bay. The guides were experts in the ecosystem of the area. They were interesting and fun. We saw a Mom and baby dolphin and young pelicans and...More

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Stanmac71
18 June 2017|
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Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Our Sea Life Encounter tour departs daily at 11am , 1:30pm , and 4pm. Call the boat for reservations 941-388-4200
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LSG_Chloe
14 July 2016|
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Response from Sarah W | Property representative |
Sorry that is not Sarasota Bay Explorers
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