Holidayers go to Orlando for the big theme parks, that’s for sure. If you are in Orlando and looking for something else to do that isn’t a typical Orlando type outing, how about a scenic boat tour in Winter Park, only a short drive from downtown Orlando, not far off I-4, about 8 miles east and north of the Orlando downtown core.
Winter Park is a city in its own right and it is also a suburb of Orlando. It is located on a chain of lakes, an ideal location for scenic boat tours.
On some of those lakes the scenic boat tour operator will be happy to take you, along with another 17 passengers for a boat tour on one of their very stable and open topped pontoon boats.
The Scenic Boat Tour docks
The docks for the boat tours are located on East Morse Blvd. at Lake Osceola. Parking is available on East Morse at the end of the Blvd near the tour boat dock. According to Ron Hightower (management) the parking is no charge.
What can you see on this Scenic Boat Tour?
Tour boat clients may see cranes, anhingas (a large, cormorant-like bird), a variety of fish or even the odd alligator or two. The Florida fauna is varied and unlike many places in the U.S., as is the flora with Palm trees, ferns and flowers of all kinds which can be seen and enjoyed while boating along on a gorgeous Florida day on the lakes and canals.
The tour boats aren’t the only boats that can be seen on the lakes and canals. All kinds of other watercraft can be spotted, along with many using paddles instead of outboard motors such as canoes, kayaks and paddle boats.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour tips!
The Florida sun is hot! You’ll want to have head cover, and something to cover the bare arms and legs to be safe from a possible sun burn. Sun screen is almost a must.
The tours operate daily starting at 10:00 am and depart on the hour until 4 pm. That’s every day, except Christmas. The tours typically are just under an hour long.
All tours are first come first serve. If you are part of a large group, do call ahead to make arrangements.
Scenic Boat Tours
312 East Morse Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32789
Ron Hightower tells us that there are restroom facilities for use by clients at the docks.