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Orlando Boat Tours to Take With the Kids

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When it comes to getting out of the house and finding fun things to do, put your sights on all the fun Orlando boat tours that are waiting to be explored. Climbing into a boat and checking out what Orlando and the surrounding areas have to offer is a great way to pass the time and see real Florida. And just because you’ve gone on one boat trip, don’t discredit the rest. Each one on the list below has something unique and fun to offer that will make it stand out in your and your family’s memory for years to come as a perfect day out on the water!

Orlando Boat Tours the Family will Love

Here are some of the best places for boat tours in Orlando and the Central Florida area. (Note these are not airboat rides. If you are looking for Orlando airboat tours, we have got those covered in another post.)

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Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Silver Springs State Park

It’s easy to sit in a boat and not have any idea what is going on in the water underneath you…but don’t you want to know? Aren’t you a little bit curious to find out what is living in the water underneath, swimming around and wanting to be seen? You can bet that your kids are. Take a day trip to Silver Springs State Park and go on a Glass Bottom Boat Tour. Kids will love being able to see what is below the water.

Tours vary in length but start at 30 minutes and go upwards.

Phone: 352-261-5840
Location: Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL

Howling Owl Sailing Boat Tours 

Take a short drive up to Daytona Beach and jump on a boat tour with Howling Owl. Loaded with snacks, drinks, and lots of fun, you’ll be amazed at how fast the time passes once you’re on the boat. Just be certain to keep your eyes peeled because there’s a good chance that you’re going to spot dolphins before you have to get off the boat. Bring along some binoculars to ensure that you don’t miss anything!

Tours happen daily and pricing varies depending on what type of tour you take. If you want the boat all to yourself, Howling Owl does do private tours for groups of up to 6 people.

You can make a day of it in Daytona Beach and stop into the Speedway and Motorsports Hall of Fame before or after your cruise.

Phone:  386-631-4004
Location: 721 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach, FL

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Living Water Cruises

On Living Water Cruises tour the famous Butler Chain of Lakes. You will be able to see a variety of animals on the cruise, including alligators, otters, turtles, Blue Herons, Pelicans and more. The tour is narrated by local guides with years of experience on the lake. Living Water offers scenic cruises, as well as lunch and dinner cruises where you make a stop at a waterfront restaurant part way during the cruise.

Phone: 877-257-1529
Location: Winter Haven, FL (departure point can vary)

Orlando Lake Tours

If you are looking for a scenic cruise where you can leave the bustle of Orlando behind, then you will want to take a look at Orlando Lake Tours. These lake tours are just perfect for nature lovers. Each tour lasts 75 minutes and is jam-packed full of beautiful scenery, wildlife, gorgeous homes along the water, and more. Their tours happen daily. Please note that their hours and services may vary because their tours have to be full for them to launch.

Phone: 407-883-0110
Location: R.D. Keene Park, 10900 Chase Rd, Windermere, FL

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Premier boat tours 

Visit Lake Dora and the Harris Chain of Lakes on a pontoon boat tour with Premier Boat Tours. Learn about the local area and the plant and wildlife. See a variety of animals in their natural habitat including turtles, Florida alligators and Bald eagles. After the tour, explore downtown Mt. Dora and pop into one of the many shops or grab something to eat at a local restaurant.

Location: Lakeside Inn, 100 N Alexander Street, Mount Dora, FL

Sailing Orlando 

Set sail with Sailing Orlando. Climb aboard their 25-foot vessel and feel the wind in your hair. If you’ve ever wanted to go sailing, now is your time. Taking a cruise with Sailing Orlando is perfect for getting out on the water and watching the sunset or just having a nice, relaxing day on the water. Sailing Orlando offers a 2-hour daytime sail or a 2-hour sunset cruise. This is the only sailing tour in Orlando so you’re in for a treat!

Phone: 407-757-7673
Location: Lake Fairview, Orlando, FL

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Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park Florida

While most of us know Winter Park as a great shopping and food destination, did you know that Winter Park also has a boat cruise? The Scenic Boat Tour leaves from downtown Winter Park and sails the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. It takes you past some of the mansions in Winter Park as well as down some of the small canals that you can’t see from the road so probably didn’t even know that they were there. The tours go out on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm and are first come first served.

Phone: 407-644-4056
Location: 312 East Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL

St. Johns Rivership Tours

This is the only riverboat on our list. On the St. Johns Rivership Tour, not only do you enjoy a scenic tour of the St. Johns River, but you can even enjoy lunch or dinner on your tour. What a fun way to see local wildlife or enjoy the sunset. Try something new and different to fill your day!

Please note that reservations are required.

Phone: 321. 441. 3030
Location: 433 N. Palmetto Avenue, Sanford, FL

Tiki Cruises

Dreaming of a place where you can cruise on the water with fun music and a drink in hand? Tiki Cruises offers that and so much more. Climb aboard the boat and take a tour of the Banana River, Indian River, and the barge canal. These are private tours, so you will have the entire boat to yourself, so you and your family can relax and have a great time!

Phone: 361-929-8357
Location: 290 Marine Harbor Drive, Merritt Island, FL

When it comes to exploring Orlando and the surrounding areas by boat, there are so many great boats. tours to consider. Decide what you’re hoping to see and make it happen. You’ll easily become addicted to being on the water and seeing Orlando in a whole new way!

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