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Stumpknocker Tours, Inc.

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Address: County Road 512, Blue Cypress Recreation Area, Vero Beach, FL 32966
Phone Number:
+1 772-778-9654

Captain Steve Hayes is the only Certified Florida Master Naturalist in the...

Captain Steve Hayes is the only Certified Florida Master Naturalist in the marsh that provides the most educational, exciting, humorous, and informative tour of the pristine headwaters of the St. John's River. On a one hour tour, you will see, and learn about the alligators, birds and flowers of the marsh, experience an exciting airboat ride thru the marsh, hear some stories that may bring a chuckle, or two, and I will bring you back safely. This is a great experience for all ages. Many that have been on this tour and have taken airboat tours around the state, and elsewhere, say that this is at the top of the list. Bring a camera and let's create some memories!!!

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Fantastic day

Went out today with our girls ages 8 and 10. We counted 35 gators not to mention all the Osprey with their chicks. Captain John was very friendly and . We would do this again in a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sandra C
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went out today with our girls ages 8 and 10. We counted 35 gators not to mention all the Osprey with their chicks. Captain John was very friendly and . We would do this again in a heartbeat!

Thank Sandra C
Vero Beach, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Our Captain John was great. His knowledge of Blue Cypress is extensive. He knew all the special areas to see the Great Blue Herons and a nest! We also viewed the Great White Egrets and their nest plus a multitude of alligator sizes from the young to to the granddaddies! He was a wealth of information about the vegetation and... More 

Thank carolloring
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Captn John made our tour AMAZING! Not only did he show us some of the biggest gators we've ever seen but also the smallest! His knowledge not only on the gators but the birds and trees was just incredible! If I were to do it again I would choose Captn John without a doubt!! I will for sure be telling... More 

Thank Lyndsey B
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Captain John gave my family the full VIP treatment, and we really enjoyed the entire tour. My kids aged 2 and 3 really had a blast and loved sitting in the front row and wearing the fancy headphones. We saw plenty of gators, birds and other wildlife. The gators were amazing: we saw everything from monster 10 footers to baby... More 

Thank Jon O
Rabun Gap
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6 reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We were visiting family in Florida and went out for a morning of fun. The Blue Cypress Recreation area is an ideal location to take an air-boat ride, see some wildlife and get a tan. There were many tour groups to choose from but our family had been out before and was less than thrilled with the guides and sights.... More 

Thank sylvanlinda
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017

We have lived in the Vero Beach area for nearly 20 years and have had many out of town guest come to town, We also recommend Stumpknocker's Air Boat for a truly unique and beautiful trip. Most visitor come thinking Vero Beach is a beach town and leave not knowing that much of the true beauty of our area is... More 

Thank Bob O
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Visiting from St. Louis. We lucked out and the other half of the boats party canceled due to the potential for rain in the weather forecast. Must be out of town people because daily showers are common in FL. Our Captain expertly avoided any rain showers, and we got very personal attention as only our party showed up for the... More 

Thank reako
1 review
Reviewed 3 January 2017

Blue Cypress is a beautiful park and Captain John gave a fantastic tour. He was funny and informative. I'd recommend him to anyone in the area.

Thank Jonathan S
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Captain John is the absolute best!!! Very knowledgeable, funny, and accommodating! It was a great time. We will definitely be back!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Gainesville, Florida
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

My wife and I took an airboat tour with Captain John of Stumpknocker Tours early on July 17th. While another group of four had also scheduled that tour, they cancelled just days before. The appointment for us was still confirmed, giving the two of us a private trip. I would have been disappointed but understood if they had cancelled due... More 

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