Choose from Our Caloosahatchee and Orange River Boat Rides

More Than Just a Boat Ride!

Join us as we cruise along the Caloosahatchee and Orange rivers of Southwest Florida on the M/V River Queen. Learn from Florida Master Naturalists about the history of the area as well as the diverse flora and fauna.

Manatees are heading into the Orange River for the winter! Our manatee tours depart at 9:30 a.m., are approximately 2.5 hours in duration, and are generally scheduled Tuesdays through Saturdays. However, we will occasionally have tours more frequently if there are a lot of requests. The tour goes westbound on the Caloosahatchee into the Orange River, where we observe the manatee in their natural environment.

Enter Sweetwater Landing Marina at the driveway near the large new boat storage building. Follow the paved drive behind both storage buildings to the marked parking lot. The M/V River Queen boards from the floating dock, which is located directly in front of the smaller boat storage building. Do NOT park at the restaurant.

Over 200 Customers Love Sightseeing with Us

Authentic SW Florida Experience

Very knowledgeable and personable narration by John and Kathy who both have naturalist backgrounds. The customer service, in arranging a last minute tour of our small family group, was outstanding. Kathy's unfettered excitement at discovering two juvenile manatees, was infectious and we all left the cruise feeling more committed to doing what we personally could to reduce human-caused negative impacts on the environment. We were a group of 12 adults--I'm not sure the tour would be appropriate for young children.

– Karen A. | TripAdvisor
Sunset Tour

Captain John and Kathy were amazing host. They both shared interesting facts about the history of the Calossahatchee River; and Kathy is very knowledgeable about the wildlife. Shout out to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, where Kathy actually cared for the manatees. We had 3 teenagers with us and Captain John and Kathy made the excursion memorable for them. Thank you Captain John and Kathy for the wonderful evening watching the sunset. OH-IO!

– Chris C. | TripAdvisor
Lovely Cruise & Lots to See

What a lovely cruise on the Caloosahatche River. The Captain and his first mate, Robert, were so friendly and gave us great information on everything we saw. Beautiful birds, lots of alligators, even a manatee sighting on a relaxing ride up the river to the 1st Lock. Highly recommend this tour! You definitely will enjoy it!

– Sharon D. | TripAdvisor
River History

We took the 10am trip. Captain John and Robert are so knowledgeable about the Caloosahatchee River. They can answer any questions. I really liked the hands on material they passed around and I referred back to each many times during our trip. The large pontoon boat is very comfortable with padded seats. It got a little chilly and they had blankets for us :-) A really wonderful tour!

– Kim B. | TripAdvisor