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“Cudos for Capt. Ernie”

St. Johns River Tours, Inc. - Day Tours
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Astor
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Depart from historic Astor, Florida at the Blackwater Inn for a leisure boat tour to the many tributaries of the St. Johns River. Where you will experience exotic plant and wildlife steeped in history dating back to ancient Indian and Spanish civilizations. On your St. Johns River eco tour you will experience a variety of wildlife, alligators, bald eagles, manatees, and plant life, air plants, ferns and large cypress trees.
Reviewed 15 August 2014

The afternoon threatened rain. When Capt. Ernie learned that our attempt to take his tour about a year ago had been rained out he determined to make the window of opportunity the was weather afforded and left early for the tour (ours had been the only reservation) so that we would not get disappointed again. So it turned out that our party of 4 had a private tour and the St. Johns River, Lake George, and Capt. Ernie definitely did not disappoint. It was a very laid back, relaxing, and informative tour. Loved the beauty of the waterways, the wildlife and vegetation, and the lazy, overcast, Florida afternoon.

Thank LENGeorgia
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Took some visiting family members on this trip recently. The trip leaves from the pier at the Blackwater Inn so you have restroom facilities available before & after the trip. The Captain was very good at explaining all about the flora & fauna along the St. Johns River as well as the bird life. He even stopped and pointed out an alligator nest and gave everyone the opportunity to see it up close & personal (but not TOO personal). The 2 hr. trip is entertaining & at a leisurely pace. You also go up into Lake George a little ways. Bottled water is provided free on the vessel and soda at a minimal cost. The Blackwater Inn at the end provides a good meal for those that wish to dine afterward. A nice way to spend half a day on the river.

Thank Patricia L
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Capt Ernie was amazing! Hi knowledge of every aspect of the river and wildlife was exceptional. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in a relaxing, informative river cruise.

Thank David M
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Really enjoyed our river cruise with Captain Ernie. It was worth our drive from The Villages, FL to Astor, FL. Weather cooperated and Captain Ernie knows lots of interesting info about the area and the River.

Thank 33June
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

We had family visiting from out of town and took them on the St. John's boat tour. It was fantastic! Josh was our captain. He was incredibly knowledgeable of the history of the area and all of the wildlife and vegetation that we encountered. If any type of bird flew by, Josh knew exactly what it was. We were able to come up close to an osprey nest. We went on our boat tour in July, but since we are locals, we look forward to going out again through different seasons. We will definitely be back!

People tend to think of the very business and tourism of Florida with all of the attractions around our state. However, there is a beautiful, slower pace of Florida that is worth everyone's time. I highly recommend taking a few hours to explore some if Florida's natural beauty. Having an informative guide like Josh makes the trip much more memorable. So, take some time and go visit Astor, Florida and take the St. John's River Tours!!

Thank Tracy L
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