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 an optional 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. Named 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.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
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, Captain Doc and Captain Andrew also have a Masters Captains license and 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.
Bottled water is provided. Lunch is not included but you may Win Bird Bingo which gets you a domestic beer, house wine or…
The winner of bird bingo receives a free beverage ticket from an "Old Florida" restaurant called Linger Lodge.
We use an electric boat completely covered by a surrey top. We go over safety procedure and show location of life jackets.
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.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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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.
You may bring a snack or beverage of choice in an unbreakable container. We make a stop midway for optional lunch and restroom break.
A tour on an Old Florida River