Indian River Lagoon and Swampland Boat Tours

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Indian River Lagoon and Swampland Boat Tours at the City Marina at 1 Avenue A in Ft. Pierce. We boarded the pontoon boat for a 90-minute tour with Captain Barry “Chop” Lege and Mr. Gill. Captain Lege narrated the tour as we cruised on the Indian River Lagoon a 156-mile estuary. During the citrus season boats, carry goods to 1,000 islands in the Bahamas. Two hundred islands in the chain but only 160 accessible. People camp out on the weekends and barbecue on one of the accessible islands.

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Over 2,700 species of animals, 310 species of birds, 1,350 species of plants and 685 species of fish. We spotted a Great Blue Heron male building a nest in a tree, a Snowy Egret and a Pelican diving for fish. We caught a glimpse of a Bottlenose Dolphin. Dolphins appear from November through May. We didn’t see any Manatees or Turtles on our boat tour.

PICT1579People dock their boats, fish on the pier or eat in a restaurant at Little Jim Marina. Canoeists rowing in the lagoon and people fishing underneath a bridge.

PICT1575The St. Lucie Village along the lagoon established around Fort Capron, a fort established in 1850 during the third Seminole War. The St. Lucie Historic Village added to the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1980s.

Listen to a jazz band playing under the gazebo and enjoy the scenery overlooking the lagoon. Prices and hours of operation available on the website.

 

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St. Johns Rivership Co.

PICT0501St. Johns Rivership Co. located at 433 N. Palmetto Avenue at the Marina Isle in Sanford. The Marina Isle a man-made island that the locals call an island. The Rivership Company a family owned business that named the boat Barbara-Lee after their Mother. Family photos throughout the dining room.

PICT0508The Riverboat an authentic paddle wheel propulsion only split design. Built in Pensacola in 1985 and piloted on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The boat in poor condition when it was bought and brought back to Sanford and restored. The total occupancy of the boat is 350 people. All the food is prepared on the boat except for the desert carried onboard.

st-johnsThe staff at the ticket office recommends making reservations but call ahead if you decide to go at the last minute. Be at the dock 30 minutes before departure so you can pick up your boarding passes. T-shirts and other items are for sale at the ticket office.

From the staff at the ticket office to the crew onboard everyone made it a day to remember. John our cruise director was funny; he kept us laughing the entire cruise. Go on the top deck to enjoy the beautiful view. While cruising, the guide narrated a history of the river and told us of the many plant and animal species.