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Just north of the hustle and bustle of South Florida’s major metropolitans, Florida’s Treasure Coast is known for its laid-back lifestyle, serene stretches of sand and perfectly preserved natural landscapes. Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian, Fla., captures the tranquil vibes of the Treasure Coast with its island-style accommodations and offers you the chance to set sail aboard its River King sightseer pontoon boat to explore the scenic Sebastian waterways with exciting eco-tours — including a trip to America’s first national wildlife refuge.

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Capt. Hiram’s River King Cruise offers eco-tours of Sebastian River and Indian River Lagoon
Capt. Hiram’s River King Cruise offers eco-tours of Sebastian River and Indian River Lagoon

Capt. Hiram’s is the largest resort on the Sebastian River and its marina offers three eco-tours for sun-seeking vacationers and nature enthusiasts to enjoy. There’s no better way to take in the natural beauty of the Sebastian waterfront and observe some of Florida’s finest wildlife. During your tour you’ll likely see manatees, bottlenose dolphins, pelicans and a wide array of beautiful waterfowl while learning about the history of Florida’s storied river life.

Pelican Island is America’s first national wildlife refuge.
Pelican Island is America’s first national wildlife refuge.

One of the most popular cruises aboard Capt. Hiram’s River King is the Pelican Island Cruise. This little island has a big story, as it was the first federally protected nature reserve designated as a wildlife refuge. Today, Pelican Island and its more than 5,400 acres of protected waters not only serve as a home to thousands of migratory birds and endangered species, but also stands as a symbol of America’s dedication to the conservation of natural lands.

The Pelican Island Sunset Cruise sets sail at 4 p.m. from Capt. Hiram’s Marina.
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The Pelican Island Sunset Cruise sets sail at 4 p.m. from Capt. Hiram’s Marina.

The Pelican Island sunset cruise is only offered from October to May, and if you book your trip this winter, you’ll be able to see the American White Pelican migration. The tour sets sail at 4 p.m. and cruises to the Pelican Island Wildlife Reserve where you’ll see thousands of birds returning to the island near sunset — don’t forget to bring your camera or binoculars for the ultimate viewing experience.

Eco-tours are a great way to learn about Florida’s storied river life.
Eco-tours are a great way to learn about Florida’s storied river life.

In addition to the Pelican Island sunset cruise, you can set sail aboard the River King at 10 a.m. for the Sebastian Inlet Dolphin Watch to see schools of fish, manatees and dolphins. Meanwhile, the Sebastian River Cruise heads out at 1 p.m. to see alligators, manatees, turtles and other wildlife that live along the river. Each eco-cruise lasts about 2-2.5 hours and costs $35 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under. Capt. Hiram’s Resort recommends you bring sunscreen, a camera, a jacket or blanket for windy days, and a small cooler with any food or drink you may want during your cruise.

The 45-foot River King pontoon boat sails the Indian River.
The 45-foot River King pontoon boat sails the Indian River.

With a variety of activities and a laid-back vibe, Capt. Hiram’s Resort encompasses the stay-and-play lifestyle that both vacationers and locals crave — plus Florida residents get a 25 percent discount on any room all year round. The resort’s River King Cruises are a great way to explore Florida’s Treasure Coast and experience the state’s storied river life. History buffs can delight in a visit to America’s first national wildlife refuge and the eco-tours make a great adventure for families, as well as large groups and private parties looking to enjoy the great outdoors. To view cruise details and reserve your seat aboard the River King, visit hirams.com.

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