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Pictures from boat tours near Orlando, Florida (USA):
paddle wheel boat on the Space Coast, airboat tour in the Central Florida Everglades, and scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park. 

Paddle wheel boat tours in Florida
Paddle wheel boat tours on the Space Coast, Florida (USA).

Stretching 115 km (72 mi) along Florida's East Coast, the Space Coast is the home of Kennedy Space Center, Orlando's closest beaches and some of the best surfing spots in the country. It includes tourist destinations such as Titusville, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Cape Canaveral. It is only a one hour drive from Orlando.

The tourism development of the region is mainly related with the space industry and the Kennedy Space Center. However, the Florida Space Coast has other attractions. It has the longest beaches of Florida and over 100 of the best surfing spots on the East Coast. Port Canaveral is the second busiest cruise ports in the world.

Two national parks are located on Florida's Space Coast: the Canaveral National Seashore and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. The latter is a 56,560 ha (
140,000 acre) park that is  home to American bald eagles, alligators, manatees, bobcats, armadillos and more.

The Valiant Air Command & Vintage Warbird Museum, the Brevard zoo, the Cocoa beach Pier, and, last but not least, Ron Jons Surf Shop (the surfers Mecca) are additional attractions.  

Island Boat Lines offers numerous tours from various places on the Space Coast, including daily dolphin and manatee Thousand Island tours. 

The Indian River Queen is a triple deck paddle wheel boat. It offers eco tours as well as special cruises that take place every month, such as the popular Friday Night Dinner Cruise and Sunday Jazz Cruise. It specializes in private events.

Airboat tour in the Central Florida Everglades near Orlando
Airboat tour in the Central Florida Everglades near Orlando, USA.

Discover the Central Florida Everglades and see alligators, turtles, exotic birds and more in their natural environment. Experience the awesome feel of an airboat ride traveling up to 45 miles per hour. Daily half hour Boggy Creek Airboat Rides (Kissimmee) leave every 30 minutes. No reservation needed. Other tours at Boggy Creek include one hour night tours and extreme swamp safaris.

Airboat Rides Melbourne offers tours to Central Florida wetlands from Melbourne on the Space Coast.

Scenic Boat Tour in Winter Park, near Orlando
Scenic boat Tour in Winter Park, near Orlando, Florida (USA).                                                            All pictures above  © Visit Orlando

Relaxing one-hour cruise through the lakes and canals of historic Winter Park, near Orlando. 

Winter park is a city adjacent to Orlando. It is nestled among the Winter Park chain of lakes, a series of lakes interconnected by a series of navigable canals.

Due to its close proximity to Orlando, Winter Park has many commuters traverse to access downtown Orlando. The city hosts some famous festivals such as the Bach Festival and the Sidewalk Art Festival as well as some regional events such as the Florida film Festival and the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival (that features Florida artists exclusively).


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