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When it comes to getting out of the house and finding fun things to do, put your sights on all the fun Orlando boat tours that are waiting to be explored. Climbing into a boat and checking out what Orlando and the surrounding areas have to offer is a great way to pass the time. 

And just because you’ve gone on one boat tour, don’t discredit the rest. Each one on the list below has something unique and fun to offer that will make it stand out in you and your family’s memory for years to come! 

Please contact tours ahead of time as some may require reservations or have different operating due to COVID-19.

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Orlando Boat Tours the Family will Love

Here are some great options for boat tours in Orlando and near Orlando.

Butler Chain Lake Tours

Want to see where the rich and famous live? Butler Chain Lake Tours will give you all the fun details! Climb aboard and find out where professional athletes and stars like to get a little rest and relaxation away from it all. 

Cost: $35 per person.
Phone: 407-766-7221
Location: Main St, Windermere, FL

Glass Bottom Boat Tour in Silver Springs State Park

It’s easy to sit in a boat and not have any idea what is going on in the water underneath you…but don’t you want to know? Aren’t you a little bit curious to find out what is living in the water underneath, swimming around and wanting to be seen? 

Taking a Glass Bottom Boat Tour will give you the chance to see sights above and below the water. It’s a fun experience to do something new that is certain to capture everyone’s attention. 

Tours vary in length but start at 30 minutes and go upwards.

Cost: For a 30 minute tour, pricing starts at $12/person.
Phone: 352-261-5840
Location: Silver Springs State Park, 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL

Howling Owl Sailing Boat Tours 

Family-friendly and fun, taking a tour with Howling Owl is a great way to spend the day. Loaded with snacks, drinks, and lots of fun, you’ll be amazed at how fast the time passes once you’re on the boat.

Just be certain to keep your eyes peeled because there’s a good chance that you’re going to see some dolphins before you have to get off the boat! Tours happen daily and pricing varies depending on what type of tour you take. Bring along some binoculars to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Cost: $45 and up per person/private tour $275 and up for up to 6 persons
Phone:  386-631-4004
Location: 721 Ballough Road, Daytona Beach, FL

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Living Water Cruises

On Living Water Cruises tour the famous “Chain of Lakes”. You will be able to see a variety of animals on the cruise, including alligators, otters, turtles, Blue Herons, Pelicans and more. The tour is narrated by local guides with years of experience on the lake.

Living Water offers scenic cruises, as well as lunch and dinner cruises where you make a stop at a restaurant part way during the cruise.

Cost: Tours start at $22/adult & $10/child for a 1 hour tour for Florida Residents
Phone: 877-257-1529
Location: Winter Haven, FL (departure point can vary)

Orlando Lake Tours

Orlando Lake Tours is no stranger to the boat tour industry. Each tour lasts 75 minutes and is jam packed full of beautiful scenery, wildlife, gorgeous homes along the water, and more. Their tours happen daily. Please note that their hours and services may vary because their tours have to be full for them to launch. 

Cost: and cost $25/adults, and $15 per child (ages 10 & under)
Phone: 407-883-0110
Location: R.D. Keene Park, 10900 Chase Rd, Windermere, FL

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Premier boat tours 

Take a 2-hour tour of Lake Dora and the Harris Chain of Lakes on a pontoon boat. Learn about the local area and the plant and wildlife. See a variety of animals including turtles, alligators and Bald eagles.

Climb aboard the pontoon boats offered by Premier Boat Tours and take a spin! 

Cost:  Tours start at $18 per person
Phone:352-434-8040
Location: Lakeside Inn, 100 N Alexander Street, Mount Dora, FL

Sailing Orlando 

Climb aboard the 25-foot vessel and feel the wind in your hair. If you’ve ever wanted to go sailing, now is your time. Perfect for getting out on the water and watching the sunset or just having a nice, relaxing day on the water. 

Sailing Orlando offers a 2 hour daytime sail or a 2 hour sunset sail. This is the only sailing tour in Orlando so you’re in for a treat! 

Cost: Tours start at $45 per person book now by calling
Phone: 407-757-7673
Location: Lake Fairview, Orlando, FL

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Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park Florida

With exciting boat tours that leave and depart every hour, you’ll be able to find a way to enjoy all the views that Winter Park has to offer. Bring your binoculars and your camera and find out why people come to this area to see all the beauty! 

Tours go daily from 10AM – 4PM. 

Cost: $14/adult and $7/child (2-11) /kids under 2 are free!
Phone: 407-644-4056
Location: 312 East Morse Blvd., Winter Park, FL

St. Johns Rivership Tours

This is the only riverboat on our list.  On the St. Johns Rivership Tour, not only do you enjoy a scenic tour of the St. Johns River, but you can even enjoy lunch or dinner on your tour. What a fun way to see local wildlife or enjoy the sunset. Try something new and different to fill your day! 

Please note that reservations are required. . 

Cost: Pricing starts at $20 for a narrated tour and goes up to $70.75 for a dinner dance cruise
Phone: 321. 441. 3030
Location: 433 N. Palmetto Avenue, Sanford, FL

Tiki Cruises

Dreaming of a place that you can cruise on the water with fun music and a drink in hand? Tiki Cruises offers that and so much more. Climb aboard the private boat and take a tour of Merritt Island. You’ll love to see all the other families out enjoying their day and they’ll love to see all the fun you’re having on your tour.  

You have the entire boat to yourself, so you can relax and have a great time!

Cost: $20 per person per hour
Phone: 361-929-8357
Location: 290 Marine Harbor Drive, Merritt Island, FL

When it comes to exploring Orlando and the surrounding areas by boat, there are so many great boats. tours to consider. Decide what you’re hoping to see and make it happen. You’ll easily become addicted to being on the water and seeing Orlando in a whole new way! 

Do you have any other recommendations for fun Orlando boat tours that are great for family fun? 

by Thena Franssen

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