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A tour on an Old Florida River

Animals

A tour on an Old Florida River

32 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks, Tickets, Transportation, Equipment
Hosted in
English
Animals

A tour on an Old Florida River

Animals

A tour on an Old Florida River

32 reviews
Guidelines created with World Animal Protection
Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 10 people
Includes
Drinks, Tickets, Transportation, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

You will board a Duffy electric boat at a preserve and on a reservoir located in Manatee County. Most people including the locals, don't know this place exists. I'll introduce you to some of the local history as we travel upstream on the Braden River. We will see abundant wildlife along the way and mark off specific birds on a bird bingo card I designed specially for the tour. Binoculars are provided to see closeups of nature dotting the shoreline. Since our boat is electric, we can get up close to baby alligators in a secret location. We'll make a stop at an Old Florida Lodge for lunch. On our way back we discuss the pioneers who once lived along the river. We talk about how they survived by utilizing what they had around them. An occasional riverside homeowner give a wave when we go by. As we get close to the end of the tour, we travel around Bird Island. I named it because it's an exclusive place where birds come to roost. This place is only accessible by boat. We take special care not to disturb the birds as they rest. Because we get so close, we could hear the bird sounds and take pictures of the experience.
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Learn more about Denise

Denise

An electric boat is used to give our guests a REAL eco experience. Captain Denise has 30 years experience in boating and carries a Masters Captain's license. Captain Drew has a Masters Captains license also and has an extensive knowledge of the Eco System. Living in the Braden River watershed allows us to study the ecology and birds. We are passionate about keeping the river healthy and guests are informed about the important ecological changes. We begin our trip at a historical fish camp and pass by a community with Old Florida charm and history before arriving at another historical landmark for an optional lunch. We give historical information along the way.

What's included

Drinks
Bottled water is provided.
Tickets
The winner of bird bingo receives a free beverage ticket from an "Old Florida" restaurant called Linger Lodge.
Transportation
We use an electric boat completely covered by a surrey top. We go over safety procedure and show location of life jackets.
Equipment
Binoculars and depending on the time of year, we provide a soft blanket for evening tours.

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Where you'll be

On the 3-hour tour, we begin by exploring the reservoir only accessible by boat. On the tour, we travel upstream on the river identifying wildlife we see along the way. I'll take you through a secret spot where baby alligators are frequently seen. We stop at historic Linger Lodge, where a meal may be purchased. On our way back, we share historical stories about the pioneers and stop to photograph an endangered giant air plant.

Availability

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Guests should be able to board the boat without the need of assistance. Children/Adult ratio 1 to 1. If booking a private tour to Linger Lodge, there will be a short set of steps up to the restaurant.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

You may bring a snack or beverage of choice in an unbreakable container. We make a stop midway for optional lunch and restroom break.
Denise
A tour on an Old Florida River
32 reviews
From $62/person
32 reviews
From $62/person