What We Do
Visiting the Orlando area and looking for something special to do? Located just northwest of Orlando and close to Daytona, Ocala, the Villages and Tavares you will find the quaint town of Mount Dora, Florida. Mount Dora is known for its history, antique shops, annual festivals, and the Rusty Anchor Boat Tours.
On the Rusty Anchor boat tours you will experience a one-of-a-kind boat cruise with true Florida natives; with over 30 years’ experience touring Lake Dora and Dora Canal. All our Rusty Anchor captains are Licensed United States Coast Guard Master Captains. Being from Central Florida, our staff is happy to share their knowledge of the wildlife, history, flora and fauna. You may see alligators and turtles sunning on the logs, ospreys swooping down to catch fish, a bald eagle’s nest and maybe even a river otter or two along the way of your Central Florida boat cruise with the Rusty Anchor! See the real Florida as Mother Nature intended it to be. We offer a variety of boat tours to meet your needs; such as 2 hour Dora Canal boat tours, 1 hour as well as a 30-minute boat tour of the shoreline and lakefront of Lake Dora. If you would like to cruise to a lakeside restaurant we have a 3 hour lunch or dinner cruise that you can enjoy.
In spring the Dora Canal lights up with the chatter of the rookery for the birder or wildlife lover in your group. At Christmas the whole town of Mount Dora lights up with sparkling decorations.
Our Dora Canal boat tours are safe for kids of all ages. Our boats are covered boats with side curtains that can be rolled down for a comfortable trip no matter what the weather. In the winter we also have blankets onboard to keep you cozy and warm. We offer complimentary bottled water and there are bathrooms on our boats. Our boats are Coast Guard inspected vessels and you are welcome to bring coolers, drinks and snacks onboard.
Gift Certificates are available online or at the dock for all of our cruises.