In my first article about Dolphin Quest at John’s Pass, I talked about all of the encounters we had with the area’s wildlife. But did you know there is more to this dolphin cruise than just seeing dolphins and a few native birds? Yes there is. This one and one-half hour cruise takes you around the waters of Boca Ciega Bay where you can see fabulous homes of both architectural and historical value.
Our tour guide knew exactly where he was going when he took us on a tour of some of the area’s multi-million dollar homes of Treasure Island and Jungle Prada. We say a home that is on the market today for $7.9 million. Wow! But the fascinating part about this was the home was owned by Al Capone. How neat is that?
Other homes in the area included those of the owners of Brach’s Candy and Levi Strauss. Another home was the location for the filming of the movie Cocoon. Beyond these homes we saw others, which included $5,000 palm trees, $50,000 in custom glass windows and lamp posts imported in from New Orleans. Many of these homes you have to see to believe it.
As mention in my previous article, I highly suggest you board a cruise hosted by Dolphin Quest. It is an experience you will remember for years to come and will definitely want to return for more. Check out the pictures of the waterways we traveled and some of the homes mentioned above in the slide show attached to this article.
As of Jan. 1, 2013, Dolphin Quest tickets cost $16.50 per adult, $14.50 for seniors, $12 for kids ages 2-20 and children under 2 are free. Cruise times are at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Please note that cruise times and prices are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop located by The Pirate Ship.
Dolphin Quest is located along the John’s Pass Boardwalk at 140 Boardwalk Place W in Madeira Beach, Florida. For more information about Dolphin Quest cruises call 727.392.7090 or visit DolphinQuestCruise.com. Visit the website and click on “Special Offers” to download a coupon for $2 off each adult and $1 of each child.