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Florida Dolphin & whale watching

Our most recommended Florida Dolphin & whale watching

Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

1. Homosassa: Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Watching

Glide through the saltwater marshes and shallow waters of the Homosassa River and Gulf of Mexico aboard a powerful airboat. Look for bottlenose dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat to reconnect with nature. Feel the speed beneath you as you twist and turn through the mangroves, canals, and backwaters. Access areas that other boats can't reach and encounter abundant wildlife off the beaten path. Marvel as your US Coast Guard Captain and guide safely pilots the boat at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Get an adrenaline rush as you traverse the waterways and soak up the natural beauty on all sides. Every day is different when it comes to the wildlife, but a morning ride is highly recommended if you hope to encounter animals in the wild. The diverse birdlife will truly amaze you, while West Indian manatees can sometimes be seen on a good day.

Orange City: Blue Spring State Park SUP & Kayaking Tour

2. Orange City: Blue Spring State Park SUP & Kayaking Tour

Discover Blue Spring State Park on a standup paddling or kayaking tour with a local guide. Learn why Blue Spring is an ideal manatee habitat, paddle through stunning emerald waters, and hear fascinating facts about the wildlife you spot from the water. Meet your guide at the water and get to grips with your standup paddleboard. Practice on land and then try it out in the water before taking off. If you don't feel ready for a full tour on the SUP, join the tour with a kayak instead. Once you're ready, head into the emerald waters of Blue Spring State Park. Paddle through these warm waters that never dip below 72°F, making them a safe space for manatees year-round. Spot West Indian manatees playing in this designated manatee refuge next to your board, and keep an eye overhead for the majestic bald eagle and sandhill cranes. Stop to admire turtles swimming or sunbathing on the sand.

Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

3. Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Admire the sunset as you cruise around the Gulf of Mexico aboard a catamaran. Unwind with a drink as you marvel as the blue sky transforms into a spectacular light show. Check in with plenty of time, then take a 5-7 minute walk down to the dock where you will board "Footloose," your catamaran for the evening. Set sail to explore the Gulf of Mexico and admire some of the best sites Panama City Beach has to offer with the sea breeze in your hair. Listen to tropical music as you sail and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, Sangria, cold beer, or a non-alcoholic drink. You can buy additional drinks and snacks at the fully stocked onboard bar, which takes cash or credit cards. Keep a sharp lookout for dolphins as these majestic creatures are often more active in the late afternoon. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you admire the western horizon turn every color imaginable in a breathtaking show.

Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

4. Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

Enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise in Key West. Snorkel in the Key West Wildlife Refuge, see playful bottlenose dolphins, and enjoy a cold beer or wine as you cruise. Climb aboard a fast catamaran and head out into the Gulf. As you cruise, see the grace and beauty of the resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, and feed. Then, head to the Key West Wildlife Refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour has the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program created by conservation agencies, that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world-famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

5. Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

Enjoy an up-close and personal experience with dolphins. Discover more about these incredible animals and conservation activities to safeguard them. Check in at the local partner's office to start your activity. Listen to a brief educational session on the world of dolphins. Learn about the local partner's conservation activities. Pay close attention to the demonstration on proper hand placements to be fully prepared. Then, get kitted out in a life vest before being welcomed into the water and greeted by a knowledgeable trainer and their dolphin companion. Experience different dolphin behaviors, including an unforgettable heartfelt deep-water handshake. Be safe in the knowledge that professional photographers will capture this incredible experience. Enjoy being brought back to the submerged platform by your new dolphin friends with the Florida breeze in your hair.

From Cocoa Beach: Sunset Catamaran Tour with Soft Drinks

6. From Cocoa Beach: Sunset Catamaran Tour with Soft Drinks

Experience the tropical Floridian coast bathed in the hazy golden hour light as you sail across the waves. Embark on a relaxing sailboat ride from Cocoa Beach and navigate over to the tranquil waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and Indian River as you sip on complimentary soft drinks. Depart from the quaint Cape Crossing Resort and Marina in Cocoa Beach aboard a stable catamaran. Unwind after a long day and keep an eye out for marine life, with the chance to see manatees and dolphins against a stunning rose-gold background. If you've ever wanted to learn how to sail, your US Coast Guard-certified captain will be happy to show you the ropes. Learn to control the steering, raise the mainsail, or lower the jib. The kids will have the time of their lives pointing out the sights displayed in the complimentary coloring book.

Madeira Beach: Pirate Adventure Cruise with Beer and Wine

7. Madeira Beach: Pirate Adventure Cruise with Beer and Wine

Take a buccaneer excursion from Madeira Beach. View the shores of Boca Ciega Bay and keep a lookout for dolphins as you sip on a wine or beer in true pirate fashion. Keep the kids happy with plenty of family-friendly activities. Embark from John's Pass in Madeira Beach and cruise through waters that are abundant with dolphins. Have some wine and beer, while the family participates in a a water gun battle, treasure hunt, pirate story, music, limbo, or face painting. Arrive back at John's Pass where you can choose to purchase a souvenir photo or to get some gear from the gift shop.

Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

8. Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

Head out to sea to meet the resident Panama City Beach dolphins. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain and crew, and sip a complimentary drink as you go. Board the “Footloose” Catamaran and head out into shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Shell Island. Partake in a beer, wine, or soft drink as you head out from the dock. Watch the dolphins as they swim, play, and feed in their natural habitat. Learn all about these beautiful creatures with informative commentary from your captain and crew. Take advantage of an onboard bar during your trip. Keep your eyes out for encounters with the bottlenose dolphins as you voyage through the turquoise waters.

Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

9. Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

Travel aboard a stable pontoon departing from Miami Beach to discover the trendy area from a new perspective. Look out for luxurious homes and diverse marine life as you reach Biscayne Bay. Ride a high-speed jet ski across the quiet Biscayne Bay lagoon and take in amazing city views. Board a pontoon at Miami Beach for a scenic 20-minute ride to your starting point. See the impressive homes of the rich and famous along the way. Once on the lagoon, climb aboard your modern jet ski for a thrilling adventure on the water. Receive a brief riding tutorial before taking off across the tranquil Biscayne Bay. See the striking Miami skyline stretching out in the distance, admire the surrounding skyscrapers, and stay on the lookout for species such as manatees and dolphins.

Cocoa Beach: Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Catamaran Sail

10. Cocoa Beach: Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Catamaran Sail

Sail along the tranquil Indian River Lagoon and the renowned Intracoastal Waterway on an unforgettable sightseeing boat trip from Cocoa Beach. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, and sea birds in their natural habitat, with stops along the way. Join your captain to learn about the Indian River Lagoon Estuary, one of North America's most diverse ecosystems. Besides dolphins, look out for splashing fish, soaring ospreys, gorgeous bald eagles, and enormous manatees. Bring the whole family along on this fun and informative activity. Live out your sailing fantasies by controlling the steering, raising the mainsail, or lowering the jib. Meanwhile, the kids will love gazing at a tiny coloring book of nearby sights that they may keep. Take a break from the beach and head deep into the ocean while on your Cocoa Beach holiday.

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4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Captain Jen and Captain John were knowlegable, delightful, fun. It was relaxing, educational. Captain John took pics so we didn't have to and sent the link to our email. They had a playlist of relaxing, grooving music in the background. Captain Jen gave great information about certain locations and birds...but the perfect amount (not over-talking or under talking). We would do this again in a heartbeat...probably the same plus a sunset cruise as well!

We loved the experience. The staff was all extremely pleasant and helpful. Very informative. My 9 year old was a bit scared at first and our trainer was so kind and patient for her to get comfortable. She really made the experience pleasant. I believe her name was Katrina. The experience meeting chinook was great. Such gentle giants. We would definitely go back.

It was really nice, we got a lot of information and the additional drink packages are at a reasonable price and there is a big variety of drinks.

+ Many dolphins close to boat + Very nice snorkeling area for beginners (clear water, shallow, no current) + complementary drinks

Our guide was great the ride was fun and very informative.