As we cruise through ancient Cypress swamps in search of Birds, Turtles and Alligators we’ll explore “The most beautiful mile of waterway in the world!”
- Adult Ages 13+
- Child Ages 6-12
- Toddler Ages 5 & under
Three Hours of the Most Fun Dora Canal Has to Offer!
The Dora Canal lunch cruise takes in all the excitement of the Dora Canal which is a part of the Ocklawaha (Harris) Chain of Lakes. The Dora Canal links Lake Eustis and Lake Dora. From Native Americans such as the Timucua Indians to pioneer adventurers, this river is a special spot for many. What was once known as the Elfin River to early Central Floridians, it continues to build upon its rich history and on Rusty Anchor’s Dora Canal lunch tour you become a part of that history! Bring your camera, it’s a magical journey through a mystical place.
Located near Orlando, Daytona, The Villages and Tavares, the canal was pinned by sports writer Grantland Rice as “the most beautiful mile of waterway in the world”, the Dora Canal is a wildlife paradise. Forever changing with the seasons, this lunch tour is a must-see whether you’re a local or here on vacation.
Because it was spared by the loggers of the late 1800s, 200+ year old Cypress Trees call the Dora Canal home and giant Live Oaks covered in Spanish Moss line the bank. Numerous species of birds such as Anhingas, Great Blue, Little Blue, Green and Tri-colored Herons, White Ibis, Limpkins, Prothonotary Warblers, Great and Snowy Egrets can be found on Rusty Anchor’s Dora Canal lunch tour. Some of which build nests high in the Cypress canopy. Red-bellied, Snapping and Softshell Turtles can be seen, Alligators, River Otters and more. The wildlife alone makes this Dora Canal Lunch cruise well worth your time.
In Winter it’s warm and welcoming, in Spring it’s the rookery for the birdlife, in Summer it is shades of green and in Fall the Dora Canal is the place to see Autumn colors. You will learn about all the flora and fauna from our experienced master captains and crew. Relax and enjoy the peaceful scenery on Rusty Anchor’s Dora Canal tour. We then stop at a waterfront restaurant where you purchase a lunch of your choosing. Afterward, your captain will then navigate the way back to the Rusty Anchor Mount Dora dock while viewing the city from afar. Reserve your spot today!
Gift Certificates are available online or at the docks for this cruise.