Eco Tours - Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa Bay Florida

Eco Tours, Tampa Bay
Eco Tours with
Tailing Tales Fishing Charters

Tailing Tales Charters also provides Eco Tours catering to you and your family and friends - up to 6 people - in the surrounding areas of Sarasota, Bradenton and Tampa Bay, Florida. These tours are a good way to see the backwater preserves and tributaries, and some beaches that are only accessible by boat. When embarking on a eco tour, you'll see lots of dolphins, manatees, marine life, and all kinds of birds. You can also bring snorkel gear to observe the underwater environment.

Remember it's your private time, so anything you want to do, the boat is yours.

Eco Tour Charter Rates

3 hours      $300.00
6 hours      $500.00

Places to visit on your Eco Tour - Sarasota Bay, Egmont Key, Fort Desoto Park and Manatee River

Egmont Key
Accessible only by boat, beautiful Egmont Key is a place to relax, picnic, swim, collect seashells along the pristine beach, see wildlife, and explore a piece of history. One of the first things you'll notice upon arrival is the 85' lighthouse on the northern end of the island that has stood there for almost 150 years. Egmont Key has had a lot of military significance since the Civil War and you can still see the remains of Fort Dade on the island. There is also a portion of the fort in the water where you can snorkel and see underwater marine life. In 1974, Egmont Key became a National Wildlife Refuge and as you stroll the trails you might happen to come across a tortoise sunning itself. A wonderful place to stroll along the beaches and take some time for yourself - delightful and historic Egmont Key.

Fort Desoto Park
Directly across from Egmont Key to the northeast is Fort DeSoto Park. It has received top honors on an annual "best-of" list in 2008 and 2005 for having the best beach. And what a beach it is - pristine white sand to stroll on and collect seashells or just hang out. The park is made up of 5 connected islands and has campgrounds, picnic areas, fishing piers, nature trails, food concessions and more for visitors. Take time to visit the fort (for which the park was named) which was used for the protection of Tampa Bay dating back to the Civil War.

Manatee River
Heading back to the Manatee and Braden River is where you will find some of the most beautiful backwater preserves of fallen trees and a down home feeling as you meander up and down the river. Lots of good wildlife to see; including bird, alligator and turtle watching. But the river is where you will achieve a real sense of South Florida feeling.

Sarasota Bay
Just to the south is Sarasota Bay. As a child, I spent many days shrimping and digging for clams with my grandparents. Sarasota Bay has many acres and miles of shallow water flats that hold all kinds of wildlife and seashells. It is good to see that scallops are making a comeback and calling the bay their home again. And the many kayak and canoe passageways that wander through the mangroves elaborate maze of trails are a must to explore.