5 Best Boating Excursions in Central Florida

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Everyone loves the beaches in Central Florida and almost as many love to go boating on the emerald-green waters. However, in Central Florida, there is river sailing as well as airboat rides available too. 

So, if you’re planning a trip to the area and you are trying to decide what to do, it can get complicated. Will you cruise the ocean on a sailboat or catamaran? Or will you breeze through marshlands on a swift airboat? Never fear, we’ll make it simple for you and break down the 5 Best Boating Excursions in Central Florida.  

#1 Sail Cocoa Beach 

Sail Cocoa Beach is the #1 sailing tour in Central Florida located on Marine Harbor Dr in Merritt Island, Florida. They offer bareboat cruising, boat endorsement, coastal cruising, coastal navigation, and keelboat sailing, among others.  

Experience majestic sunsets with relaxing breezes, and dolphins aboard Sail Cocoa Beach’s 32-passenger catamaran. They run from 10 AM to 6 PM daily.  

#2 Rusty Anchor Mount Dora 

Located on 4th Ave in Mt Dora, Florida, Rusty Anchor Mount Dora features eco-tours via pontoon boat. They offer tours of Dora Canal and Lake Dora’s shoreline as well as sunset cruises. 

Bottled water is offered, and you can expect to see such sights as 200+-year-old Cypress Trees, alligators, turtles, eagles, egrets, and ospreys, among others. Tours run about two hours and prices start at $35.     

#3 St Johns Rivership Co 

Located off N Palmetto Ave in Sanford, St Johns Rivership Company features traditional riverboat cruises. More than simply a cruise St Johns offers folks a better way to experience Florida.  

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As you take a historic cruise down St Johns River, you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner prepared by an on-board chef while listening to live entertainment.  


  • Friday 9 AM–4 PM 
  • Saturday 9 AM–2 PM 
  • Sunday 9 AM–12 PM 
  • Monday  9 AM–4 PM 
  • Tuesday 9 AM–4 PM 
  • Wednesday 9 AM–4 PM 
  • Thursday 9 AM–4 PM 

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#4 Capt Duke’s Airboat Rides 

Located on E Colonial Dr, Capt Duke’s Airboat Rides is another exciting ride in Central Florida. Located on East Colonial Dr Capt Dukes takes you on an airboat tour showcasing the “Real Florida.”  

You’ll see alligators, turtles, bald eagles, and more while on this exciting tour. The hours are from 9 AM–6 PM daily. Prices start at $55. 

#5 Howling Owl Sailing Boat Tours 

Located on Ballough Rd in Daytona Beach, Howling Owl Sailing Boat Tours offers public and private boat tours. They last from 1 1/2 hrs. to up to 4 hrs. on the beautiful Halifax River located in Daytona Beach. 

Howling Owl’s luxury 36′ sailing catamaran will carry you through the scenic views and stunning wildlife (including dolphins) along the Halifax. The boat also features all the comforts of home including full restroom facilities. 

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