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Riverside Tours Inc.

1005 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5008
+1 941-779-3606
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Great ride & tour

We had a wonderful 2 hour tour down the Manatee River into Terra Ceia Bay and then through... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Griswold, Connecticut
via mobile
Family Fun and Beautiful Sunset

I had always heard about the beautiful sunsets on the Gulf, but experiencing it on the boat was... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Karen M
Winter Park, Florida
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Riverside Tours Inc. offers narrated sightseeing, sunset, bar hopping, birthday, or custom boat tours up and down the Manatee River starting at $25 per person. Please go to manateeriversidetours.com for more information.941-779-3606
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible11%
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1005 Riverside Dr, Palmetto, FL 34221-5008
+1 941-779-3606
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful 2 hour tour down the Manatee River into Terra Ceia Bay and then through Chantilly Bayou out to Tampa Bay. Our captain kept us mostly out of the storms, but we did get caught in some rain. We had a very...More

Thank LesleyAnn7414
Reviewed 18 June 2017

I had always heard about the beautiful sunsets on the Gulf, but experiencing it on the boat was first rate! Our group rented the boat for a private tour and we saw gorgeous homes along the river, the skyway bridge, and an amazing sunset. But...More

Thank Karen M
Reviewed 14 June 2017

We rented the entire boat for a Family Reunion activity and had a great time! Enjoyed being able to bring our own drinks onboard and a couple of people in our group played DJ. Dancing, laughs and fun! A great group experience for young and...More

Thank CourtneyPaat
Reviewed 30 May 2017

We did the sunset cruise. Capt. Chuck and his mate were cordial enough but...not a word spoken regarding specific highlights about the area as we cruise towards the sunset. Great music if you were of Spanish decent. I actually thought we were in South American...More

Thank Jeanne W
Tom H, General Manager at Riverside Tours Inc., responded to this reviewResponded 2 June 2017

Jeanne, I sincerely apologize that you did not enjoy your experience with us. Out website describes the day trips as an eco tour with explanations of the mangroves, and estuary and a short lesson in the history of the settling of the area. The sunset...More

Reviewed 30 April 2017

Very friendly staff, Capt Chance and BeBe kept us informed about what we were seeing and some history. No dolphins, however, so great to see Skyline Bridge from the water, much better view then being the driver going over it. They also have Sunset cruises...More

1  Thank Kathy4325
Tom H, General Manager at Riverside Tours Inc., responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Kathy, Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us how much you enjoyed your experience! Please feel free to schedule another trip anytime, from a beautiful fun filed sunset trip to an up river eco tour or maybe on of our Pub...More

Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Did a Groupon and Captain Tom was no real glad to see a Groupon customer. The cruise started ok and we cruised out toward the gulf and the sunset. The music on the boat was rock and roll and personally on a cruise, tropical music...More

Thank rockydogz1
Tom H, General Manager at Riverside Tours Inc., responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

We are truly sorry that you didn't enjoy your experience on our sunset trip. We book these trips as a peaceful ride out to see the sunset and a fun filled rock and dance party trip heading back towards the marina. This trip is usually...More

Reviewed 30 March 2017

This was a sunset cruise with many members of our condo association. Our group rented the entire boat which needs to be a group of at least 30. The price was $30 per person. The seats were very comfortable, and there were tables for snacks...More

Thank janeecap
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

A group of friends and I purchased tickets for this boat ride on Groupon. It was a fantastic deal. The boat ride was a very enjoyable trip. They do a wonderful narrative of the trip. It's also nice that you are able to bring your...More

2  Thank Sandy1568
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We went on the Riverside Tours twice - once during the day and once during the evening. Both tours were great, although the daytime tour was the better of the two. Captain Tom is very knowledgeable about the Manatee River and Bradenton. The padded benches...More

1  Thank Debra169
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The Down River Day Trip provided a wonderful afternoon of water, nature and territorial exploration along the Manatee River and out into the Bay. Both Captain Tom and his awesome "first mate/tour guide/naturalist" Susan made the whole experience fun and enjoyable. Views are unrestricted from...More

1  Thank JB P
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Kathleen M
22 April 2017|
Response from janeecap | Reviewed this property |
I'm so sorry. We were not here to answer your question. I hope you had a great time.
8 May 2015|
Response from Waternest | Reviewed this property |
The tickets are $30.00 each for a great educational tour of the Manatee River. Minimum persons are 10 but they have other people standing by to fill the quota. I think 44 is max on there boat but have another boat for larger... More