Hontoon Island and Blue Heron River Tours

by Marie Greenough.
(Florida)

Hi there! I wonder if you accept recommendations from your readers?

I just did a boat trip out of Hontoon Landing, near Deland, with 9 other friends, and we loved the trip and the guide.

He is very knowledgeable, very interested and interesting, and also has a great sense of humor. His name is Gary, I believe, and he is the owner of Blue Heron River Tours.

He does a 2 hour boat tour.

I have absolutely no motive in recommending him, other than this is his first year running his own company, and he deserves a lot of success.

He is excellent and works hard to give you a good trip.

I hope you can use this. Marie Greenough.

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Note From Florida Backroads Travel: Marie, thanks a lot for telling us about this attraction. Since you wrote in, several people have enjoyed the boat trip as a result of your recommendation.

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Mar 30, 2011
Loved it!
by: Paul

Wonderful way to see a part of Florida most visitors don't see. The cruise provided a tranquil beauty along the St John?s River. Very informative, very friendly and knowledgeable, very relaxing. I really enjoyed this cruise and would not hesitate to do this again on another trip to Florida. This was well worth the drive to Deland.

Jan 31, 2011
Similar Story
by: Charter Bus DC

Here is a similar story

The company whose duck boat sank in the Delaware River in Philadelphia after a barge hit it has lost a bid to resume tours on a smaller river in the city.

But the Ride The Ducks company says it has Coast Guard approval to resume tours on the Delaware and is working with the city to start them up as soon as the spring.

The tours have been halted since two Hungarian tourists were killed in the July accident.

City managing director Richard Negrin cited road- and water-traffic concerns Tuesday as among the reasons for rejecting a proposal to move the tours to the Schuylkill (SKOO'-kill) River.

Jan 31, 2011
blue heron river tours
by: marie.

greg, this is billed as a 2 hour tour, and we went over by about 20 minutes. gary talked the whole time, giving us information on the wildlife of the area, birds, manatees, alligators, and some of the history of the area. he is very knowledgeable.marie.

Jan 30, 2011
Great Idea For A Weekend Getaway!
by: Greg May

Marie, thanks for the tip! I remember eating lunch and taking walks on Hontoon Island when my friends would take me boating on the St. Johns River. Does Gary provide information about the wildlife on the St. Johns such as manatees?

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