Sternwheeler Lunch Cruise along St. John’s River

Price From:


a couple looks for wildlife from the deck of the sternwheeler while on their lunch cruise from Sanford onan original orlando tours visit

Tour Overview

Ahoy Mateys! Climb aboard the only authentic sternwheeler to sail the St. Johns river, Florida’s longest river originating near historic Sanford, Florida, for a three hour lunch cruise! While you cruise along the river, we’ll provide binoculars for you to seek out wildlife along the shores and in the water during your relaxing day break from the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s tourist zone .

You’ll feel like you are traveling with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn as you glide along on the five-story sternwheeler Barbara-Lee, featuring ornate wrought iron railings and classic massive wooden paddle wheels. But be on the lookout for all the magical wildlife of the St. Johns river, including graceful manatees swimming alongside the ship, or wild gators, native birds and turtles sunning along the shore. And don’t worry about the weather: all enclosed decks are climate controlled with air conditioning and heating.

While you cruise the river you’ll also enjoy narration on the sternwheeler and live entertainment! Your lunch cruise is made complete with a delicious meal featuring fresh fruit upon boarding, followed by your choice of entrée (beef, chicken, fish or lasagna), chef-prepared to your liking, and served with a side salad, freshly baked rolls, chef’s choice of vegetables and dessert.

You’ll have plenty of photos and memories to share with friends and family back home about your day spent sailing to the “other Orlando” usually only seen by locals!

Sternwheeler Lunch Cruise along St. John’s River Tour Includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from your hotel
  • Three hour lunch cruise fare along St. Johns river sailing from historic Sanford
  • Appetizers upon entry
  • Hot lunch on board the sternwheeler
  • Narration and live entertainment on the sternwheeler
  • All taxes and port fees
  • Assortment of cold drinks provided to and from the sternwheeler
  • Professional guide with local commentary to and from the sternwheeler
  • 10% discount for your next Original Orlando Tours adventure (valid for 30 days)
  • This Original Orlando Tours Explorer Tour includes an Orlando discount booklet for each guest
  • Confirmation will be sent within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 3 people per booking is required
    • Children Ticket: 4-12
    • Adult Ticket: 13+
  • The minimum age of all our guests is 4 years old

Exclusions and Extras:

  • Alcoholic beverages on the sternwheeler (may be purchased on-site)
  • Book our FOUR-HOUR cruise (available Thursdays only) for an additional $20+tax/person
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible


Approximately 5.5 hours total. Please note that Orlando traffic conditions can vary widely while I-4 is under construction. This tour typically operates all year on Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays. An extended tour (1 hour extra on the St. Johns river, 6.5 hours total tour time) operates on Thursdays ($20 supplemental fee).

Cancellation Policy:

You may receive a full or partial refund by notifying us via email at of the cancellation. No refunds shall be issued for cancellations not received at least 72 hours in advance of the starting time and date of your tour. Please review your Terms and Conditions document for other cancellation provisions.

Sunny’s Local Tips and Bits:

The food is reallllly good on this ship! Bring your appetite. The sternwheeler departs from historic Sanford and spends time on the St. John’s river, one of the rare rivers which flows south to north, and all the way to downtown Jacksonville!


This tour is only offered in English. Florida weather is unpredictable and may impact the tour. If the weather is deemed unsafe by our guide due to weather conditions prior to commencement of the tour, Original Orlando Tours will offer a substitute tour at the original day and time, offer a credit to be used on any future Original Orlando Tours adventure, or fully refund the tour fee, the choice of which is at the option of our special guests impacted by the weather disruption. There are no refunds once the tour has commenced (i.e., the vehicle has left your departure point). This tour also includes an Orlando discount savings booklet. While we suggest wearing a hat, comfortable shoes and sunscreen to make your tour an enjoyable one in warm months as well as a jacket in cooler weather, the interior decks of the ship are climate-controlled year-round.

Not Available
Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 5.5-6.5 Hours
Maximum number of people: 12


100% of guests recommend

5 of 5 guest rating

based on 3 reviews

  • "Amazing Cruise"
    Food was amazing, cruise was great!! We saw some alligators (from a safe distance) and our driver was incredibly informative and knowledgeable. Repeat customers!!
    • Tour Locations
    • Tour Guide
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 1 like this

  • The Wallingstones

    1 Review
    "Gobsmacked at how lovely this was!"
    I expected to have a wonderful time on this venture, but it has been the best part of our holiday so far (well after Harry Potter, but I'm showing by British bias here). We alligators and even a manitee from the boat. There is quite of history in this area if that's your sort of thing. You get it from precious Victoria on the ride there and back, and also on the boat. I expected mediocre food, but I was pleasantly mistaken (first time ever!). The weather was a bit warm on the deck, but it was rather nicely chilled on the inside where we ate. Everyone was so friendly and I can't just say enough about our beautiful and wonderful Victoria. If you are reading this luv, I was serious about returning the favor if you make it over to Trent-on-Stoke on day. Seriously!
    • Tour Locations
    • Tour Guide
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 0 like this

  • Cali and the Williams

    1 Review
    "Just plain FAB!!!!!!!!!"
    Fantastic venture, kids loved it, hubby pleased as well and that is all saying a lot!! You've made some raving fans and we are booking the beach tour tonight so you aren't rid of us yet!
    • Tour Locations
    • Tour Guide
    More Less

    Was this review helpful? 1 like this

3 reviews on this Tours    Showing 1 to 3

Write a review

  • Tour Locations
  • Tour Guide

Join Sunny’s Email Club!

Sign up for Sunny's Email Club for exclusive deals, tips and information. Be the first to know about new tours, tour discounts, and fun happenings around Orlando!
Holler Box