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Private Dolphin & Manatee Wildlife Adventure Tour

  • Tour Duration:2 Hours
  • Monday – Sunday8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Min Age:All ages welcome
  • Max People:6 maximum

Dolphin Family Tours offers a new tour on a private comfortable pontoon boat. The tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the Thousand Islands Conservation Area on the Banana River. This tour seats 6 and lasts 2 hours. Explore the beauty of the Thousand Islands Conservation Area from Cocoa Beach.

What to Expect

During the tour you will enjoy a scenic ride on the Banana River while spotting dolphins, manatees and a variety of bird species. The pontoon boat is equipped with comfortable seating and shade to ensure a pleasant experience. Our knowledgeable guides will provide interesting information about the local ecosystem and wildlife, making this a perfect opportunity for families and nature lovers.

The Thousand Islands Conservation Area is a unique and diverse ecosystem located on the Banana River in Brevard County. This area is home to a variety of wildlife including dolphins, manatees and many different species of birds. This makes it a great place to see wildlife. In addition to marine life, visitors can also see a variety of plant life, including mangroves and seagrass beds. Other natural features include tidal creeks and sandbars.Β 

For more information call us at (321) 978-5479.

With its calm waters and scenic surroundings, the Thousand Islands Conservation Area provides a peaceful and relaxing environment for a day on the water. Whether you’re a nature lover, wildlife enthusiast or simply looking for a new outdoor experience, this area is a must-visit destination.

There are several reasons to visit this tour in the Thousand Islands Conservation Area:

  1. Wildlife viewing: The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including dolphins, manatees, and a diverse bird species, making it a prime location for wildlife viewing.
  2. Scenic beauty: The Banana River provides a peaceful and scenic environment, surrounded by mangroves and seagrass beds, sandbars, and tidal creeks, offering breathtaking views during the tour.
  3. Educational experience: The knowledgeable tour guides provide interesting information about the local ecosystem and wildlife, making this tour an educational and informative experience for visitors of all ages.
  4. Family-friendly activity: The comfortable pontoon boat and 2-hour duration make this tour a perfect activity for families and children.
  5. Unique adventure: This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the Thousand Islands Conservation Area, away from the crowds and commercial activities, providing a truly authentic and unforgettable experience.

In conclusion, Thousand Islands Wildlife Adventure Tour is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a peaceful and scenic adventure in the great outdoors.

Tour Highlights
  • Explore the Thousand Islands Conservation Area on a comfortable pontoon boat
  • See dolphins, manatees, and a variety of bird species
  • Enjoy a scenic ride on the Banana River
  • Learn about the local ecosystem and wildlife from knowledgeable tour guides
  • Cozy boat with comfortable seats & warm blankets
  • Highly knowledgeable captains
  • A perfect activity for families and nature lovers


2550 N Banana River Dr
Merritt Island, FL 32952

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday
8:00 am – 9:00 pm

Important Notes

Alcohol is permitted for guests that are 21 years of age and up.
The maximum number of seats on our pontoon boat is 6 people, including infants (this means passengers from 0 to 100 years old), not counting the captain.

Tip for the Captain. 18-20% is customary

Prohibitions & Limitations

Unfortunately, we can only bring six passengers per vessel. This is a strictly enforced coast guard regulation, so legally we cannot go over that limit regardless of age or participation in activities.

Sometimes we can arrange for multiple boats to go out at the same time. If this interests you, please call us for availability at (321) 978-5479 during office hours from 8am to 5pm EST.

Swimming Notice:

While we do offer swimming year round there are some circumstances that will prevent us from swimming on certain days such as inclement weather like high wind speeds, dangerous wildlife, or toxic algae blooms.
If we are unable to do the swimming portion of the trip we will try to notify you prior to departure and give you the following options to choose from:

  • Two hour boat ride with no swimming
  • Book another tour
  • Reschedule to another day and/or time

Please note that all of the animals we encounter are wild which means none are trained or in an enclosure so we can never guarantee what type of interaction you will have with these animals. Here in Florida Dolphins and Manatees are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act which means that you legally cannot pet, feed, or entice these animals.

We have these laws to protect them so we do respect these laws and never disturb any of the wildlife, we are there to observe them in their natural habitats. Every experience is unique and unscripted which makes our tours a one of a kind!

What’s Included?

  • Blankets
  • Binoculars
  • Life Jackets

What to Bring?

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water Shoes
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Polarize Sunglasses

Cancellation Policy


TERMS AND CONDITIONS : When you purchase your tickets YOU AGREE BY CHECKING THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS BOX OF OUR COMPANY POLICY THAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED NON REFUNDABLE TICKETS. All passengers will need a ticket regardless of age or participation of activities Payment details: Reservations are required and all payments must be made in advance so we can secure your spot and send your tickets. Most major credit cards accepted. Weather: This is a weather permitting activity. Being outside on the water we must always consider safety first! If your trip is cancelled due to weather related issues, you can get a full refund or reschedule for another time. We will notify you asap with a Captain cancel by email or phone. There is no fee to reschedule if we issue a Captain cancellation. No call, no show – Forfeit your payments If you don’t show up at departure time, your tickets will be considered a NO Show and forfeit your reservation (this includes vouchers). If you are running late please call before your scheduled time.

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What are the age restrictions for passengers?

There is no age limit for our tour. Anyone who boards the boat will need a ticket regardless of age or participation in activities.
We also provide coast guard approved life jackets from infant size to adult.
Look forward to seeing you in paradise!

Can we bring a dog?

Yes, we are pet friendly and love to have our furry friends join for the fun!
Please remember to bring “doggy bags” to clean any pet waste.

Also please note that we operate in brackish water, which contains salt water, that can quickly dehydrate animals if they drink it so be sure to bring a bowl and fresh water as well.

When should we arrive?

We ask guests to please arrive 10-15 minutes before your departure time.

What kind of boat?

Our tours are done on pontoon boats.

Are tours done all year?

Yes we offer tours year round and feel that each season has something different to offer.

Can we take pictures?

Yes you are welcome to take photos throughout the trip.

What kind of animals might we see?

There are hundreds of species of animals here in the lagoon such as dolphins, Manatees, coastal birds, bottom dwellers like stingrays and horseshoe crabs, alligators, river otters, and more.

Are there restrooms on the boat?

There is no restroom on the boat so recommend using the restroom at the marina prior to boarding.