Our Wildlife + Nature Tours

 

Explore like a local

If you enjoy learning about nature from wildlife researchers, ecologists and certified naturalists, check out our wildlife + nature tours below.

Trip Details

2-3 hours
$20-$85 pp
Rediscover the fun of nature!

 

Wildlife Spotting + Exploring

These 3 hr trips are a great intro to the area 
$75 adults | $65 teens | $55 kids 12 + under

Jupiter Inlet Waters 
Indian River Lagoon
Loxahatchee River
Atlantic Ocean

Departs from
Harbourside Place Docks 
Behind Wyndham Grand Hotel 
200 US Highway One 
Jupiter, FL 33477

 

Lake Worth Lagoon 
Lake Worth Lagoon + Atlantic Ocean

Departs from
Sailfish Marina
98 Lake Drive Highway One  
Palm Beach Shores, FL 33404

 

About Wildlife Spotting + Exploring

Every day is different on the water, and there’s a good chance that you’ll see some pretty special wildlife on these trips. Depending on your route, we may see bottlenose dolphins or spotted dolphins, manatees, alligators, flying fish, pelicans, terns and gulls, a variety of herons and egrets, ruddy turnstones, belted kingfishers, osprey and roseate spoonbills.

Seasonally, sharks by the thousands gather just off the beaches in the spring, and at least three different species of sea turtles are present from March through October. We'll do our best to find all the creatures we can during each trip! Offered year-round, conditions permitting.    


Coastal Birding Excursions

3 hrs of birding fun 

By appointment only
$75 per person, minimum 4 people

Jupiter Inlet Waters 
Indian River Lagoon
Loxahatchee River
Atlantic Ocean

Departs from 
Harbourside Place Docks 
Behind Wyndham Grand Hotel 
200 US Highway One 
Jupiter, FL 33477

 

Lake Worth Lagoon Trip
Lake Worth Lagoon + Atlantic Ocean

Departs from
Sailfish Marina 
98 Lake Drive 
Palm Beach Shores, FL 33404

 

About Coastal Birding Trips

If you're really into coastal shorebirds and wading birds, a RIB excursion along our coastal and brackish waters may be just your thing! Our year-round species include osprey and brown pelicans, ruddy turnstones, killdeer, several species of gulls, terns, herons and egrets, belted kingfishers, roseate spoonbills, oyster catchers, black skimmers and more. 

You'll appreciate the stability of our RIB for photos, and the 4 stroke motors are smoke free and whisper quiet at idle. With plenty of speed and space for your gear, we can quickly get you to several different birding locations in the course of a few hours. Led by Audubon-certified guides, from November to May. Minimum 4 people.

Ready to go birding?

Just send us some specifics...favorite birds, where you'd like to explore, how many in your party and when you'd like to go. We'll match you up with the right guide and off we’ll go! 

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Wild Dolphin Research Trips

These 3 hr trips help support wild dolphin research + conservation 

$85 adults | $65 kids

Via Jupiter Inlet 
Indian River Lagoon + Atlantic Ocean

Departs from
Harbourside Place Docks 
Behind Wyndham Grand Hotel 
200 US Highway One 
Jupiter, FL 3347

Via Lake Worth Inlet 
Lake Worth Lagoon + Atlantic Ocean

Departs from
Sailfish Marina
98 Lake Drive Highway One  
Palm Beach Shores, FL 33404

About the Wild Dolphin Trips

Join dolphin researchers from The Palm Beach Dolphin Project as they study wild dolphins here in The Palm Beaches. Drs. Barbara Brunnick and Stefan Harzen have identified more than 350 resident dolphins in local waters and can recognize many by sight.

Learn about dolphins and their complex family structure, behaviors, and the many challenges they face in our world today. Offered year-round on coastal and inshore waters, depending on conditions. 

Please note: We often move very slowly when searching for and observing dolphins. If you or anyone in your group are prone to seasickness, please consider taking an OTC seasickness medicine before your trip. It's an easy way to help you enjoy your day!


Loxahatchee River Tours

These 3 hr trips support conservation + environmental education

$40 per person 

Departs from
Burt Reynolds Park Docks + The River Center
805 N US Highway One
Jupiter, FL 33477

 

About the River Tour Experience

Join the River Center’s naturalists onboard as we explore the beautiful, wild and scenic Loxahatchee River Preserve. Learn about the river’s ecology, wildlife and history and see the dramatic habitat changes as we ride upstream from saltwater to freshwater. 

You’ll have an excellent chance to see a variety of wildlife, including osprey, several species of herons, egrets and other wading and perching birds, as well as manatees, alligators, and storks. We’ll finish the trip with an exhilarating ride sure to leave you with a big smile!

Please note:  The docks at Burt Reynolds Park may require you to climb a ladder up + down during lower tides. If you or someone in your group has limited mobility, please let the River Center staff know at booking. We can usually arrange pickup + dropoff at an alternate location that works better for guests with limited mobility. 


Sandbars + Seashells

2 hr trips on the Loxahatchee River 
$30 adults | $20 kids   


Jupiter Inlet Preserve 
Indian River Lagoon + Loxahatchee River

Departs from
Burt Reynolds Park Docks + The River Center 
805 US Highway One 
Jupiter, FL 33477

 

About Sandbars + Seashells

Join the River Center's naturalists onboard as we explore the lower Loxahatchee River. This family-friendly trip is great for young kids. We’ll wade, swim and snorkel along mangrove shorelines and sandbars while discovering a variety of sea creatures hidden from everyday view. Guests should come ready to get in the water with swimsuit, mask + snorkel, sunscreen etc. Routes may vary depending on conditions.