Tidewater Tours
Tidewater Tours
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
We have Coastal Tours and Sunset Cruises that run daily (weather and tide dependent) and we offer island drop-off and pick-up service to the island of Atsena Otie. We have the only USCG inspected and certified vessels that can carry more than six passengers. Our daily tours share and highlight the Cedar Key Wildlife Refuge barrier islands history and ecology of the area. Come join us for a relaxing and educational boat tour. We also are the preferred provider of water taxi to the Seahorse Key Lighthouse during the open house weekends. (Please call Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce for scheduled dates and times of Open House) Coastal Tours and Sunset Cruises typically last 90 minutes. Reservations are strongly suggested. So, please check our website, text or call us to book your tour.
Cedar Key, United States

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Catherine S
Houston, TX122 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Wish I could give the actual "tour" a rating but I was not able to take a tour. I had called & emailed ahead of time --- several times--trying to make a reservation. Always some kind of excuse as to why they couldn't help me. So, figured I'd just show up & take my chances on a spot being available. Upon arrival I was VERY glad I had not given them my money. There was NO ONE any place close to their "dock" and again didn't answer phone. The pic here in no way resembles what I saw in mid-March. I have attached my pics. I asked the folks at the place I stayed what was up. They said the company is in the middle of a "very nasty sale" with lots of "complications". So.... until you see reviews dated after April 2024 that people have actually been able to take a tour.... I'd advise STAY AWAY!
Written 2 April 2024
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Dan C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Wife Cathy, friend Marsha, and I made a day excursion to Cedar Key from Gainesville for an afternoon Coastal Tour with Captain Phil and five other passengers. Captain Phil had been giving these tours for several years and was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Cedar Key and surrounding islands, and also has extensive knowledge of local birds and other wildlife. His friendly narrative was absolutely entertaining and enjoyable. The weather was perfect for a serene, relaxing experience. We had gone on the Coastal Tour in the past, but it was just as much fun again, this time with a special friend, and we will likely go again someday in the years ahead. Captain Phil's presentation is extemporaneous rather than sounding scripted or rote, and he's quick to respond to questions. We highly recommend visiting Tidewater Tours and Cedar Key.
Written 9 March 2024
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Thank you for your review! We look forward to having you back!
Written 14 March 2024
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JessieOhio
Ohio29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Great trip. Very interesting history of Cedar Key and a much different perspective of the island from the water. Would definitely recommend Tidewater Tours.
Written 22 February 2024
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Thank you for your review!
Written 14 March 2024
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Donna M
Burdett, NY15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had an excellent tour with Captain Phil from Tidewater Tours,out to Seahorse Key. The weather was perfect. Phil was so friendly and knowledgeable. He told us about the history of Cedar Key and answered all of our questions. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and would take the tour again because you would see different things each time. I would highly recommend this tour!
Written 21 February 2024
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Thank you for your review! We appreciate your business.
Written 14 March 2024
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SooRoux
Ellenboro, NC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Wonderful tour out to Seahorse Key. Our guide was very knowledgeable about local wildlife and history. We saw dolphins and many, many sea birds.
Written 14 February 2024
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Thank you for your review. And come back soon, the dolphins miss you!
Written 14 March 2024
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ASC77
Roswell, GA73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour on a beautiful day in Cedar Key. Captain Phil was extremely knowledgable about Cedar Key and the surrounding area. Highly recommend.
Written 7 February 2024
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Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed our little island.
Written 14 March 2024
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PamnCecil
San Antonio, TX111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We just returned from an hour-and-a-half tour with Captain Phil of Tidewater Tours. It was fantastic! He shared lots of history of the different islands and wildlife management areas. We saw several dolphins who followed in the boat's wake doing their dolphin surfing. The dolphins were so close they looked us in the eye! Captain Phil identified birds we saw and explained seasons of when other wildlife come to this area. He also shared stories of the incredible kindness of strangers and the community in the aftermath of August's Hurricane Idalia. The open-sided boat has a roof and comfortable seating. Please make a point to join this tour if you are in the area. You'll love it!
Written 1 December 2023
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Shirley D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
My daughter and I were celebrating my 84th birthday in Cedar Key, Fl
We booked an excursion with Tidewater Tours to get a perspective on
the area and learn some of the History of this very unique area. Captain
Tom excelled our expectations. Not only was he knowledgeable but also
was concerns for his passengers and even went out of his way to make sure
we all could photograph the Dolphins following us as well as the other
water species. The ride was smooth and the day absolutely beautiful!!!
Shirley & Pam
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Written 29 October 2023
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Krispy
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Amazing trip. We saw lots of wildlife and enjoyed the scenery. Captain Phil was great too and provided us with lots of history of the area and shared his knowledge related to the marine life.
Written 26 October 2023
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Tia H
Chatham56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Captain was very knowledgeable about the area and super nice!. Price for "taxi" out to island was reasonable. Was a beautiful day!! So glad we decided to do this.
Written 20 October 2023
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