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Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

1. Panama City Beach: Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Admire the sunset as you cruise around the Gulf of Mexico aboard a catamaran. Unwind with a drink as you marvel as the blue sky transforms into a spectacular light show. Check in with plenty of time, then take a 5-7 minute walk down to the dock where you will board "Footloose," your catamaran for the evening. Set sail to explore the Gulf of Mexico and admire some of the best sites Panama City Beach has to offer with the sea breeze in your hair. Listen to tropical music as you sail and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, Sangria, cold beer, or a non-alcoholic drink. You can buy additional drinks and snacks at the fully stocked onboard bar, which takes cash or credit cards. Keep a sharp lookout for dolphins as these majestic creatures are often more active in the late afternoon. Enjoy the company of family and friends as you admire the western horizon turn every color imaginable in a breathtaking show.

Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

2. Panama City Beach: Snorkeling Trip by Boat

Enjoy a snorkeling trip by boat as you look out for dolphins and other sea creatures. Treat yourself to a complimentary drink on board as you cruise through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Depart into Historic Grand Lagoon for a 15-minute relaxing cruise out to the Shell Island snorkeling area. Along the way, keep your eyes out for sea animals in their natural habitat. Take in the views as the vessel drops anchor. Plunge into the waters to snorkel for seashells and to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. As well as snorkeling, treat yourself to time to relax, float, and take in the sun. Sip on a complimentary drink on board. Wade through the shallow water onto Shell Island to hunt for more shells. Before returning home, the boat will ride out further into the Gulf of Mexico to search for more dolphins and sight-see along the way.

Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

3. Miami: Jet Ski Rental on Biscayne Bay with Pontoon Ride

Rent a jet ski and discover Miami's South Beach and Biscayne Bay. Spot millionaires' houses, marine life, and Miami's skyline. Enjoy a 20-minute ride to your jet ski aboard a pontoon boat. See the impressive homes of the rich and famous along the way. Arrive in the center of Biscayne Bay and feel the speed as you take off on your jet ski after a brief tutorial. See the Miami skyline stretching out in the distance and keep a lookout for local marine life such as manatees and dolphins.

St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

4. St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

Enjoy getting to interact dolphins with this attraction at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine. Experience dolphin behaviors like the hand target, hand shake, and ride on the dolphin's belly. Meet these fascinating sea creatures and get to bond with them in a unique way. hold onto their pectoral flippers and swim with them on their belly. Play with the dolphins with this fun and safe experience for the whole family.

Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

5. Panama City Beach: Dolphin Watching Trip by Catamaran

Head out to sea to meet the resident Panama City Beach dolphins. Enjoy informative commentary from your captain and crew, and sip a complimentary drink as you go. Board the “Footloose” Catamaran and head out into shimmering waters of the Gulf of Mexico near Shell Island. Partake in a beer, wine, or soft drink as you head out from the dock. Watch the dolphins as they swim, play, and feed in their natural habitat. Learn all about these beautiful creatures with informative commentary from your captain and crew. Take advantage of an onboard bar during your trip. Keep your eyes out for encounters with the bottlenose dolphins as you voyage through the turquoise waters.

Cocoa Beach: Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Catamaran Sail

6. Cocoa Beach: Dolphin Watching and Sightseeing Catamaran Sail

Sail along the tranquil Indian River Lagoon and the renowned Intracoastal Waterway on an unforgettable sightseeing boat trip from Cocoa Beach. Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, and sea birds in their natural habitat, with stops along the way. Join your captain to learn about the Indian River Lagoon Estuary, one of North America's most diverse ecosystems. Besides dolphins, look out for splashing fish, soaring ospreys, gorgeous bald eagles, and enormous manatees. Bring the whole family along on this fun and informative activity. Live out your sailing fantasies by controlling the steering, raising the mainsail, or lowering the jib. Meanwhile, the kids will love gazing at a tiny coloring book of nearby sights that they may keep. Take a break from the beach and head deep into the ocean while on your Cocoa Beach holiday.

Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

7. Shell Island: Water Park and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Embark on a boat trip from Panama City Beach to Shell Island, including a complimentary drink and a variety of water activities to make your day memorable. Have fun at the inflatable water park or try out kayaking or snorkeling. End your day sailing into the Gulf of Mexico for dolphin sightseeing.  Your day begins with a scenic trip through Grand Lagoon and over to Shell Island. Once at Shell Island, enjoy an inflatable water park, paddleboards, kayaks, and snorkeling. Have a go on trampolines, a water see-saw called the “rockit,” and other inflatables. If you’re looking for something a little more slow-paced, explore the waters on a kayak, take a paddleboard ride, or give snorkeling a try. Get plenty of time to take in all of the natural beauty that Shell Island has to offer. If just hanging out is your plan, relax and listen to music on the boat or in one of the two sunning nets located at the front of the boat while you sip on a refreshing beverage. All activities and inflatables are all-inclusive with unlimited use during your trip. The last portion of the trip will be spent sightseeing and dolphin watching before making a round-trip return to Panama City Beach.

Miami: The Miami Seaquarium Park Admission Ticket

8. Miami: The Miami Seaquarium Park Admission Ticket

Discover the magic of sea creatures like turtles, dolphins, and penguins with this ticket to the Miami Seaquarium. Explore s 38-acre tropical paradise where you can sea and learn about animals like pink flamingos and bamboo sharks. Experience the thrill of watching dolphin acrobatics at a live show. View a 750,000-gallon saltwater aquarium teeming with reef fishes of every size and color. See the manatees that are featured as part of the rescue and rehabilitation program. Learn about the challenges that manatees and endangered sea turtles face in the Conservation Outpost. Get up close to some marine life in one of the touch pools. Feed and feel the gentle glide of sting rays at the Sting Ray Exhibit. Take a break and let the kids enjoy Sharky’s Playground Island. Make sure you visit the seals and sea lions to watch these playful sea dogs.

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

9. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

Take part in an educational and fun experience perfect for all ages at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine with this admission ticket to the Dolphin Encounter program. Meet these fantastic animals as you interact with them in shallow waters. Gear up in a life jacket and step onto an underwater platform. Thanks to the platform, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a swimmer. Perform several hands-on activities with these intelligent creatures, including the hand target activity in which the dolphin will come up to touch your hand with its rostrum.

Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

10. Florida: Ten Thousand Islands Shelling, Dolphins & Dome Home

Experience the natural world around Marco Island as you spot sea turtles and other local wildlife, collect shells, and admire the Cape Romano Dome Homes on this boat excursion. Begin with a boat tour among the Ten Thousand Islands. Take in the local wildlife and search for dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles with your naturalist guide. Encounter ospreys, bald eagles, ibis, roseate spoonbill, egrets, herons, and a large number of shorebird species. Enjoy commentary from your Florida Master Naturalist guide who will talk about the area's ecosystems, history, and culture. Next, explore a remote barrier island beach, an island only reached by boat. Learn about beach dynamics, stroll through the tidal flats, and wade the tidal pools. Collect shells, sand dollars, and other treasures on island beaches that are untouched. Learn about individual shell animals and how to shell from your naturalist guide. Have a hands-on experience, perfect for the young and old alike. From here, venture to the edge of southwest Florida, the Cape Romano, and the Gulf of Mexico. Here, you will see the well-known Cape Romano Dome Houses. Hear how they were once on the beach, but have slowly moved into the water over time. Snap some memorable photographs here.

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What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12 reviews

An incredible tour in the bay of Miami, view of Miami Skyline, the islands, and Miami River... We even saw dolphins in the bay !!! The boat was very spacious and modern and the Capitaine Charlie was very nice with a lot of explanations! A great experience that I recommend to all those who want to mark their stay! Thanks again to our captain Charlie!

This is something I've wanted to do my whole life. I love dolphins. I do not think we had enough hands on for the price though. We were in the water, but we were mostly just spectators. We were able to do 3 poses each for pictures and then my family was able to pet the dolphin for a moment for a picture and that was it.

I helped my daughter’s boyfriend book this cruise so that he could propose. She had no idea! He let the crew know what he was doing. They helped him with a song & it worked out beautifully out on the ocean at sunset. Thank you for a memorable cruise they will never forget!

Captain Russ, Mario and Bradley did a fantastic job! They were very knowledgeable and personable! We highly recommend this awesome adventure!

Our family had a great time on this trip. Captain and crew were friendly and snorkeling was a lot of fun.