If your day is a little too stressful or if you’d just like to see what Florida looks like in its natural state, I suggest a visit to Cocoa.
Here you’ll find Island Boat Lines, which sets sail on nature cruises on the Banana River (actually a lagoon) where there are approximately 4,200 types of plants, animals, and fish.
I used to pass this river often en route to Cocoa Beach, but when I crossed over the bridge I never stopped to consider what was living in the waters and coves and on the small islands below.
What’s so wonderful is that during the two-hour ‘In Search of Wildlife’ tour you get to glimpse a hidden world of anhingas, bottlenose dolphins, herons, hawks, osprey, dolphins and, in the winter months, manatees that hang around the lagoon’s Thousand Islands section.
Helping you to understand all of this is a naturalist to tell you about their behavior and the ecosystem of the area.
Note that Island Boat Lines also offers sunset cruises, dinner cruises, and school field trip excursions.
True Florida. Truly enchanting.
If You Go
Boarding Location: Sunset Waterfront Grill & Bar
500 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway
$28 adults, $23 children.
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m.