Dolphins are one of the world’s most beloved animals, along with one of its smartest. Fortunately for us Floridians, they’re also a common sight hunting and frolicking along our extensive coastline. Travelers enjoy dolphin cruises, which enables them to watch these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
If you love dolphins and on-water adventures, download a copy of our free Gulfport Vacation Guide to learn even more about all the fun activities available.
The Best St. Petersburg Dolphin Tours
- If you love speed, don’t miss out on the 1.5 – 2 hour Dolphin Racer Speedboat tour. This tour combines an exhilarating high-speed boat ride with dolphin watching. The boat kicks up a large wake, which often attracts dolphins who bodysurf alongside the boat. If you click the link above, the company posted a wonderful video of dolphins leaping high out of the water in the boat’s wake. These cruises leave every afternoon at 1:30. Tickets are $24.95 for adults, and $14.95 for children.
- Dolphin Landings’ Dolphin Watch tours are also highly regarded. The tours leave three times per day and patrol the beautiful waters of Boca Ciega Bay. The company’s captains boast that they see dolphins 99% of the time, which makes sense considering the area is home to more than 700 healthy dolphins. They suggest bringing a camera — which, with a 99% success rate, seems like a great idea! Cruises leave 3 times per day (9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:15 p.m.). Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children.
- Island Boat Adventures offers a unique dolphin-watching experience. They set sail from Tierra Verde Marina Resort, and cruise to one of our most beautiful parks, Egmont Key. On the way out there, you’ll sit on the deck in the Florida sunshine and dolphin watch. You’ll then hop off the boat into the beautiful water and snorkel over the ruins of old Fort Dade. Finally, the captain will drop you off on the island itself. You have the option of snorkeling from the beach on the other side of the island, searching for shells and megladon along the quiet coastline, or hiking through some beautiful Spanish-American war forts. After that’s over, you’ll cruise back through dolphin-rich waters to the marina. Tickets are $39.50 for adults, $28 for children (ages 4-12), and free for children 3 and under.
After Your Day Out Dolphin-Watching
After a day out on the boat, return to the Historic Peninsula Inn for a delicious dinner at Isabelle’s. Isabelle’s offers award-winning New Southern cuisine (Rand McNally’s “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” awards) and delicious drinks. Additionally, we offer live music 4 nights per week: pianist John Shirley on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; and singer Dale Williams belting out Sinatra and a variety of other hits on Saturdays.
Once your meal is over, retire to your room here at the inn. We offer a variety of beautiful accommodations, suitable for a solo business traveler, a cozy vacation for two, or even a family of four touring Old Florida. We’re even pet-friendly! We hope you’ll come stay with us.
And whatever you do, don’t forget to download your FREE Gulfport Vacation Guide! This guide is chock-full of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Gulfport vacation.