Booking in advance is highly recommended. Booking guarantees you a seat on the boat tour. Please book early to maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer.
Yes, in general this tour is appropriate for all ages. However, if you are considering bringing a child who is active, keep in mind that this tour includes sitting still to watch wildlife and listen to the narration, so this tour may not be appropriate for all children.
Since the US Coast Guard counts all people the same, regardless of age or size, all children and infants are required to have a ticket for the tour. There is a reduced ticket price for all children under the age of 12.
The tour runs in light to moderate weather conditions. In the case of severe weather, you will be notified of cancellation and are allowed to reschedule to another time depending upon availability.
We explore the Waccamaw River, and the Intracoastal Waterway and its creeks/swamps along the National Wildlife Refuge. The nature is beautiful and untouched back in the creeks.
Typically, we see osprey, heron, egrets, eagles, turtles, and alligators. Of course, we are dependent on Mother Nature and the seasons, so no wildlife is guaranteed. You see peacocks and exotic animals on the Waccamaw River Tour property.
All wildlife has the ability to bite and defend themselves. Wildlife can be unpredictable. Touching and feeding is not recommended except in controlled circumstances dictated by Waccamaw River Tours, such as giving feed to the peacocks and zoo animals (deer, sheep, steer, zebra) along the fence of the zoo property, with caution; and children must have adult supervision with feeding. Feeding the wild alligators and wild animals on the boat tour is not permitted.
Food and drinks are not included with your trip. Drinks and snacks are available for guests to purchase at our Gift Shop. We offer water, soda, and small snacks like chips, crackers, and candy. We accept cash and credit cards in the gift shop. Drinks are available on the boat during summer months, if needed. Cash and exact change is needed to purchase drinks on the boat. Please refrain from bringing your own food and drink on the boat. No personal coolers are allowed on the boat.
No, please do not bring alcohol or glass items.
Usually we don’t get wet. The pontoon boat has an awning. However, if it rains or if it is a windy day you may get an occasional spray from the water. On rainy days, a rain-jacket or poncho is recommended. Ponchos are available for purchase in the gift shop.
Dress seasonally according to the weather. You’ll want to wear comfortable soft-soled shoes or sandals. Note that the sun is much stronger on the water so we always recommend sunglasses and sunscreen. In the spring or fall, be sure to bring an extra layer such as a wind breaker, sweatshirt, jacket, or fleece.
There is a small bathroom on board our larger pontoon boat but not on our six-passenger pontoon. There is also a bathroom at the meeting location in the Gift Shop/Education Station building. We advise using the bathroom before boarding. We do not have any scheduled bathroom stops.
All of our tour boats are fully covered on top, but expect the sun to shine in from the sides of the boat as they are open. Therefore, we’d still recommend sunscreen.
We cruise on a Coast Guard certified, large pontoon boat. Our captains are Coast Guard certified. It offers a smooth and stable ride. Our smaller pontoon (six-passenger) boat provides a smooth and stable ride as well! Life vest for all riders are provided on board including children and infants.
Our tours are safe, calm and comfortable. There are no restrictions for pregnant women, but we recommend consulting your doctor to be sure.
Our guests usually find the tour boat to be a very steady vessel on the river where there are no waves and motion like the ocean so the chances of seasickness are rare on the river. While we hope that no one gets sick, we advise you to consult with your doctor about taking preventative measures beforehand if you are prone to motion sickness.
There is a step over into the smaller six-passenger boat that people must be able to navigate. The larger pontoon boat has a ramp and can accommodate a wheelchair but space is limited. Please notify us if you need to have your wheelchair on board. If you are able to be lifted onto the boat by someone in your party and sit in a seat on board then you should be able to attend the trip.
Yes, life jackets for all passengers are provided on board including children and infants.
Yes, parking is available on the Waccamaw River Tours property. Parking is free. Do not park in the Zoo parking lot or you will have a long walk. We have our own parking area.
No, gift certificates are not available at this time.
Yes! You can book a private or single-group Nature & Wildlife River Boat Tour for either (1-6 people) on our smaller pontoon or (7-36 people) on our larger pontoon boat. You can book online by calling (888) 315-9439. If no answer, leave a detailed message with your name and phone number.