manatee swimmingThe visual beauty of Central Florida’s lakes and wildlife parks is breathtaking. You can experience and appreciate this beauty up close when you embark on a 2-hour narrated adventure along the scenic St. Johns River. Though the wildlife sightings change every day in this natural setting, your experienced guide will ensure that you don’t miss a thing. From your covered pontoon boat, you’ll learn about the rich history of St. Johns River as you capture glimpses of manatees, alligators, heron and Florida’s scrub jay—all from the comfort of your covered pontoon. Plan now, as the best manatee sightings happen in November through March.

To make your adventure truly carefree, your Guided River Cruise Package includes:pontoon boat on lake at Blue Spring

  • Two cruise tickets for reserved day and time.
  • State park entrance fee.
  • A light picnic lunch for two, packed in an easy-to-carry soft-sided cooler for snacking while on the cruise (or in the park before/after). Includes bottled waters or soft drinks.
  • A small keepsake Thurston House logo tote packed with sunscreen, a Thurston House logo cap (to keep), and a pair of field glasses/binoculars (borrowed from the inn).

This adventure sets sail from Blue Spring State Park which is about a 30-minute drive north from our B&B near Orlando. You’ll choose either the 10 AM or 1 PM cruise when you book your package with us. Package price is in addition to 2-night lodging accommodation rate.

Package Cancellation Policy: Packages cancelled within 5 days of arrival will be charged 100% of the full price. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to protect your vacation investment.

*If visiting on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, add a scenic nature driving tour on Lake Apopka North Shore. It’s free and there’s an audio tour available on their website. Gates open at 7 AM and close at 5 PM. If interested, we will give you a tour map and extra snacks for the car (at no additional cost).

*If you’d rather get even closer to nature, ask us about paddling/kayaking options.