Cruises on St. Johns River in Florida

Cruises on St. Johns River in Florida
The St. Johns River is Florida's longest at 310 miles and was named one of 14 American Heritage Rivers by President Bill Clinton in 1998. Like most Florida waterways, the St. Johns is slow-moving and quite shallow in parts. Nevertheless, it unfolds along a variety of landscapes, from highly developed cities to swampy wilderness. Cruises along the St. Johns are a relaxing way to see the real Florida.

St. Johns River Cruises

If observing Florida's natural beauty is your goal, then the Florida Wildlife Tour of St. Johns River Cruises is the trip for you. At a steady 6-mile-per-hour speed, the cruise gives ample opportunity to spot trees and wildlife and allows you to hear the sounds of nature. The two-hour cruise includes several stops where you can disembark and explore the ecosystem. Cruises leave at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. almost every day of the year, with seasonal sunset cruises departing at 5 p.m. during May and June. Call to make reservations.

St. Johns River Cruises
Blue Spring State Park
2100 West French Ave
Orange City, Florida 32763
407-330-1612
www.sjrivercruises.com

Rivership Romance

The experience aboard Rivership Romance is designed to transport you to a simpler time, when Florida was a largely undeveloped wilderness frontier of the Deep South and the St. Johns River was its premiere highway. The Rivership Romance offers reasonably priced three- or four-hour luncheon cruises, a Sunday brunch cruise, as well as a weekend moonlight dining-and-dancing cruise. The ship departs from historic downtown Sanford where you can enhance your experience by strolling down brick streets and shopping upscale boutiques.

Rivership Romance
433 N. Palmetto Ave.
Sanford, FL 32771
800-423-7401
www.rivershipromance.com

Safari River Tours

For a less glamorous, more educational tour of the St. Johns, you might consider Safari River Tours, part of Volusia County's eco-tourism program. As the cruise winds through the scenic wilderness, a tour guide provides narration and historic facts about the area and its wildlife. The bench-seated Safari boat departs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.

Safari River Tours
488 W. Highbanks Road
DeBary, FL 32713
386-668-1002
www.volusia.org/echotourism/eco/safari.htm

Article Written By Joseph Nicholson

Joseph Nicholson is an independent analyst whose publishing achievements include a cover feature for "Futures Magazine" and a recurring column in the monthly newsletter of a private mint. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Florida and is currently attending law school in San Francisco.

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