One of the most memorable experiences you can enjoy on the SunCoast is a chartered boat tour along our gleaming waters. See what options await you and your family!
Enjoy a SunCoast Boat Tour
Most of the fun to be had in and around Sarasota doesn’t happen on land – it’s in the water. Boat tours are a great way to explore Sarasota by sea and check out what makes the area one of the most spectacular on the coast and across Florida. From quiet, simple moments relaxing to wild, crazy adventures, there is something for everyone’s tastes and desires. Whether a visitor or native Floridian, check out some of the best boat tours in the area.
Siesta Key Marina
With over 55 years experience, Siesta Key Marina has adapted to the many changes in culture and desires of customers over the years. The one thing that has not changed is serving visitors with the best in customer service and boating experiences.
Two families own the business which provides a world class facility with 243 dry storage racks, boat rentals, bait, tackle, and sales of boats for potential owners. The only full service marina in Sarasota offers visitors access to the Intercoastal Waterway and Sarasota Bay. Check out full or half-day rentals and look for boats to suit parties both small and large.
From fishers to celebrants, comfort and safety is key at the marina. Pontoon boats are available for families who want a fun day on a stable craft. To enjoy the experience, customers often choose a local captain to help run tours around the bay. Every trip out of the marina provides endless opportunities for excitement and adventure. The Waterfront tiki Bar is a great place to stop for a bite to eat or cool drink after a long day on the water.
Unwind with friends and family on the Cruisin’ Tiki boat on the bay. A mobile Tiki bar equals endless fun for revelers and people who love a fun time. A cruising floating party boat provides a setting for friends to cruise the bay in style. Rent for 90 minutes, 3-4 hours at a time. THe boat, captain, two coolers of ice, drinks, and food are provided. The captain sits inside the bar area while the group can roam the exterior. Most popular are sunset cruises. Pickup points include Bay Island Park, Hart’s Landing, or Centennial Park.
Pedal pubs are all the rage right now, but give it a go on water for a fun alternative. Pedal the waters of Sarasota Bay with friends or family. Vessels are equipped with pedals at each seat to propel the party around but don’t worry – a motor will help keep tired legs from standing the boat far from shore. Part of the fun is the novelty but also spending time with friends and having fun. Available to pick up at Pop’s Sunset Grill or Bayfront Marina on Siesta near Turtle Beach.
More Local Boat Tour Options
LeBarge Tropical Cruises
Tropical cruises are iconic to Sarasota. Tropical decor and real palm trees are part of the boat decor along with a mermaid figure hanging off the side of the boat. LeBarge offers wildlife tours to see manatees and dolphins, go sightseeing, and visit tropical locations for beautiful sunset views. All cruises include light nibbles and full bars. A tropical sunset cruise also comes with liev music to get people into the true party cruise spirit.
Fun Boat Tours
Who doesn’t love a fun boat? They are quintessential Sarasota with private and custom tours from Sarasota and Siesta Key. The tour boats are spacious and offer space to watch dolphins or sunsets. People will enjoy visiting sandbars other cruisers don’t go and visit bay spots where they can experience a massive float in the water.Fishing charters and diving boats also available on request.
Peace River Airboat and Swamp Buggy Tours
Experience the natural beauty of Florida away from crowds in the midst of the flora and fauna. Alligators, deer, turkeys, and marine life will be plentiful on this tour. Peace River Airboats accommodate four to six passengers per boat. Each tour is personalized for the group to provide a thrilling ride that is also slow and relaxing. Peace River Charters offers an airboat ride, canoe paddle and eco tour. Canoe rentals are also provided for those who want to head out on their own and explore. The tour guides know the area and how to navigate the swamp buggy through treacherous terrain. Surf and Turf tours offer a buggy and airboat ride combo. Extended trips and custom charters are available. Experience the serenity of Peace River and go for a wild ride.