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Paradise Boat Tours

More to explore: Things To Do Sightseeing Location: Bradenton Beach
200 Bridge Street
Bradenton Beach 34217, Fl

Sarasota Bay's premier wildlife tour through the pristine intracoastal waterways during a fully narrated 90 minute adventure. Join us while we explore the waters and the beautiful dolphins, manatees, rays, and other wildlife that inhabit them. 


Parking: Island wide parking can always be a challenge. We recommend guests arrive 30 minutes before their tours during high season or use our free trolley system which stops right at bridge street every twenty minutes. 

How long are the tours? It is a 90 minute fully narrated tour that combines the wildlife of the area with the rich history. No two tours are exactly the same but we strive to make all tours fun and informative. 

Will I feel sea sick?  Almost certainly no. Even people who claim to be very susceptible to sea sickness don't have issues on our boat. The Inlet Explorer is a very stable catamaran and the waters we are in are generally calm. If for some reason you do feel sick we can take you back to land but we are confident that won't happen. 

Will we see dolphins? We see dolphins approximately 95% of the time so we hope you do on your tour. We always see some sort of wildlife whether it's dolphins, manatees, rays, fish, birds etc. If you don't see dolphins on your tour we will do our best to accommodate you on another tour free of charge. 

How many passengers can you take? Our capacity is 28 passengers and 2 crew. 

Is there covered seating? All 28 passengers on board the vessel can sit in padded and covered seating. There is a forward observation deck for those who wish to get some sun on the tour as well. 

How much are tickets? 

  • Children ages 3 to 12 are $20 and Kids Under 3 are free
  • Seniors are $25 (65 and up)
  • Everyone else is $30 for a 90 minute tour

Are there bathrooms on-board? Yes, we do have a marine head (bathroom). 

Can we bring food and beverages? Yes, please do and that includes beer, wine and liquor. 

Is the boat handicap accessible? We can accommodate most people. Access to the boat is by low angle ramps and short steps. Please inform us ahead of time if you or a member of your party has mobility issues and we will make sure we can accommodate them. 

Is the tour family friendly? Absolutely! We take pride in making all our tours fun for passengers of all ages. Kids get to wear Captain's hat and sit at the helm under supervision of the Captain. It makes for great pictures and the kids love it! Check out this picture of Captain Sherman and his grandson!

Do I need to make reservations? We prefer if you do but walk-ons are always welcome provided we have the room. To book online click here. 

Can I reserve the boat for a private tour? Yes, we can accommodate private tours but reservations are required so please contact us if you are interested. 

Do you take credit cards? Yes, we take all major credit and debit cards. We also take cash of course. 

When do we pay? You pay when you arrive for the tour.  

Do you sell gift certificates? Yes! Click here for more info or call us and we'd be happy to help you

Facility Amenities:


Nature & Outdoor

Aquaculture, Marine Attractions, Riverboat excursion, Water Recreation

Tours & Transfers

Boat Tours, Nature Tours, Sightseeing Tours