Departs at 9:00 a.m.
(Arrive at 8:30 for check-in)
Returns approx. 4:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Begin your trip at 9:00 a.m. with a 2-1/2 hour narrated cruise on the Charlotte Harbor aquatic preserve. We will cruise from the mouth of the Peace River, down the length of the harbor, onto the Intracoastal Waterway, and among the islands of Pine Island Sound.
Warning: Charlotte Harbor is home to many, many playful dolphins who love to swim with the boat on all our cruises. This will increase your heart rate and deplete your camera’s photo supply!
Our destination for lunch – Cabbage Key Inn, Pine Island Sound, Florida. Relax for lunch at the historic Cabbage Key Inn, former home of mystery writer Mary Roberts Rinehart and current home of the “Cheeseburger in Paradise”. A panoramic view is provided from the front porch of the open-air restaurant situated atop a thirty-eight foot Indian shell mound. There are no cars, not even a paved road.
The main room is nestled among live Cuban laurels dripping with moss. Previous visitors have taped thousands of one-dollar bills to every surface. Ask your server for a black marker and tape to add yours to the collection. The front room is the old porch with a view of the marina and sound. Look around at antique fishing gear, classic Cabbage Key photographs and replicas of tarpon, snook and other game fish that make our waters world famous. Known by many as “the bar with all the money on the walls”, the Cabbage Key bar has been serving up drinks to boaters for over 60 years. With active fire places, original hardwood floors and Cypress walls, the bar and the formal dining room make up the other two dining locations.
After a memorable lunch, visit the gift shop, explore the nature trail which includes signs identifying floral and fauna, or climb the popular water tower look-out for magnificent photos. Join us back aboard for the return trip, arriving back at our home port between 4:15 – 4:30 pm. Cost of lunch is not included in boat ticket price.
Please be sure to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time. Wear weather appropriate clothes and closed toed shoes.
Popular items brought by passengers for this cruise: hat, camera, and sunscreen.
Note: Online reservations must be made 24 hours in advance. For reservations within 24 hours of trip, please call 941-639-0969 for availability.
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