AAA Editor Notes
Tarpon Bay Explorers Nature and Sea Life Cruise departs from the foot of Tarpon Bay Rd. within J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Ninety-minute programs include a 1-hour boat tour of Tarpon Bay with opportunities for viewing pelicans, herons, dolphins and manatees as well as a 30-minute interactive presentation by marine biologists at touch tanks filled with sea horses, sea stars, puffer fish and other marine life. Breakfast and sunset cruises as well as kayak and paddleboard tours also are available.

Guided tours are available.

Ninety-minute program $23; $15 (ages 3-12). Breakfast and sunset cruises $30; $18 (ages 3-12). Kayak tour $30; $20 (ages 3-12). Sunset Rookery kayak tour $40; $25 (ages 3-12). Paddleboard tour $50 (ages 13+). Two-hour kayak rental $33 (double); $25 (single). One-hour paddleboard rental $25-$35; must be 13+ and age 13 must be accompanied by a participant age 18+. Rookery tour participants must be experienced kayakers. Phone ahead to confirm schedule and rates. Reservations are recommended.
Cruises depart daily 8:30-6. Closed Christmas. Allow 2 hours minimum.
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