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Wild Side Tours

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Address: 599 Ramp Road, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Phone Number: +1 321-799-5495

Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the...

Unique Eco boat tour through the Thousand Islands Nature Preserve in the Banana River. Educational, informative and fun presentations.

See the other side of Cocoa Beach, Banana River, Indian River Lagoon, and the understanding of manatees, dolphins and birds, as well as the mangrove islands.

Our 20 passenger catamaran, with open seating and coverage to provide shade allows for a more personal and interactive experience.

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Private tours are also available for birding, photography, and marine science. Private charters for birthday parties, reunions company off time or you name it.

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Banana River Tour

This is definitely the best way to spend 2 hours! Clearly worth every cent! The boat was clean and well maintained. Our captain was very knowledgeable and pointed out different... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mary M

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely the best way to spend 2 hours! Clearly worth every cent! The boat was clean and well maintained. Our captain was very knowledgeable and pointed out different birds (slowing down for camera opportunities), spotting manatees and dolphins for us and relating some history of the beautiful City of Cocoa Beach. A very relaxing ride!

Thank Mary M
Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Speedy and Tonya were very knowledgeable tour guides! My wife and I were in Florida for our honeymoon and wanted to take a relaxing boat ride. This tour was just that. We saw the hidden gems of the Banana River in Cocoa Beach, Florida. We saw a manatee and numerous dolphins. The dolphins even put on a show for us!... More 

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natureone1, Manager at Wild Side Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It was great to meet both of you and congratulations on your marriage. More 

Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much guys for a wonderful trip .would highly recommend it to anybody from start to finish we both loved it great to see the Dolphins and wild life birds highlight of the trip was watching the Pelicans diving for the fish ,the guide is brilliant keeps you well informed of what to look out for 👀.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

My husband and I took our 3 young daughters (ages 7-9) on a 2 hour tour and everyone in the family had a great time. We saw dolphins, a manatee, a variety of birds and the scenery was just beautiful. The tour guides were really friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

What a fantastic morning. A perfect break from the parks and brilliant value for money. During the 2 hour tour both the dolphins and manatees came close to the boat numerous times. The crew were brilliant and very knowledgable of the local wildlife. They were relaxed, friendly and had an instant rapport with the kids, letting them steer the boat... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We are a family of 15. We went on the 10:00 tour. We actually reserved the entire boat and it was cheaper than paying for each of us...........and it was so fun to have the boat all to ourselves. Jannette and Michelle were great. They showed us so many interesting things on our tour. We saw lots of manatee and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We went on the ten o'clock tour. It was fantastic. We saw tons of wildlife. The tour guides were super friendly and informative. They even let our son drive the boat. I think he said it best when he said it was the best ever. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank Erin L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Our family of five (kids aged 11, 8 and 6) thoroughly enjoyed our tour on a sunny and warm late July afternoon. Our guides, Tanya and Speedy, were very knowledgeable and respectful about the area. They were funny and most importantly treated our kids amazingly, which all parents appreciate. We saw many manatees, quite a few dolphins and countless birds.... More 

Thank Ryan M
Denton, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Two hour tour. They have binoculars on board for all to use, and a cooler with water and sodas. The neatest experience seeing manatees and dolphins up close!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend going on this tour if you get the chance. Tanya and Speedy were absolutely fabulous! They both were knowledgable and so pleasant. They could spot almost any bird and describe what they were and characteristics of the bird. We had fun watching several dolphins catching fish. It was a great 2 hour tour. Our youngest 2,... More 

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