Blue Dolphin Ultimate Boat Birding and Wildlife Journey
February 3, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm$80
A non-alcoholic drink, snack and lunch from Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill are included. The boat departs from Kelly Park East, 2550 N. Banana River Drive, Merritt Island, FL. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Bring water and sunscreen. There is a marine head on the boat but it is recommended that you use the restrooms at Kelly Park prior to going on the boat tour. Dress warmly as it will be chilly out on the water. Rain gear will cut the wind and is recommended if it happens to be cold.
Welcome aboard the Blue Dolphin, a 49-passenger Coast Guard approved pontoon boat operated by Mark and Michele Anderson. They have been running eco-tours in this part of Florida as Space Coast River Tours for more than 18 years. This newly expanded four-hour adventure will start at Kelly Park East, which is just 6 minutes from the Radisson Resort. The tour will take you through the Barge Canal, a scenic waterway with great photo ops, to a popular wading bird rookery island in the Indian River Lagoon, where Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibises, and many species of egrets and herons will be nesting. On the trip back through the Barge Canal you’ll see more wildlife – there might even be an alligator or two. We will cross the Banana River, pass through the Canaveral Locks and into Port Canaveral – the 2nd busiest cruise ship port in the world — where you may see the Space X fleet of rocket recovery ships, cargo ships, tankers, U.S. Navy ships, commercial fish houses, local marinas and plenty of birds! In addition, you are likely to see dolphins. A flock of American White Pelicans is normally seen at the entrance to the locks and during the cruise you will see Ospreys and other raptors, Wood Storks, Northern Gannets, pelicans, cormorants, gulls, terns and lots of egrets and herons. Past trips have produced such uncommon visitors as Common Eider, Magnificent Frigatebird and Sabine’s Gull. On the way back you’ll be treated to a Florida sunset. Soft drinks and snacks are included and yes, there is a restroom aboard. We are looking forward to seeing you aboard the Blue Dolphin.