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Winter Park Boat Tour

About This Episode

The Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour has spent over eight decades ferrying visitors around Winter Park’s Chain of Lakes. Tours leave on the hour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Christmas or during extreme inclement weather. Cost is only $14 for adults  and Children (2 – 7) only $7.

There are six lakes that comprise the Winter Park Chain of Lakes. The tour visits the three largest lakes, Osceola, Maitland and Virginia. The tour guides weave the boats through narrow canals that tower with cypress trees and long leaf ferns.

The tours began back in 1938, when Ralph Meloon was the CEO of Correct Craft and persuaded the city to dig the canals that connect the lakes deeper for boat travel. Originally the canals were used to transport logs and other timber.

The tour winds past opulent homes, exquisitely landscaped estates and tropical flora where orange groves once stood. The boats pass Rollins College and the lakefront house that Fred Rogers’ parents bought while he attended the liberal arts school and before he became known for his television show, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Location: Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, 312 E Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: 407-644-4056
Website: https://www.scenicboattours.com/

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