In celebration of the summer season, Pure Florida is offering educational science cruises on select dates throughout the summer months of June and July, departing from Pure Florida’s Naples and Fort Myers locations, as well as Four Freedoms Park in Cape Coral.
Each Pure Florida summer cruise option gives children and their families the opportunity to enjoy 1.5-hour cruises featuring the opportunity for children to learn about the Southwest Florida environment and to observe the variety of wildlife present on the waters. While Pure Florida cannot guarantee animal sightings in the wild, the captain will alert passengers to wildlife such as dolphins, eagles, manatee, native birds and more.
Guests cruising from Pure Florida’s Naples location will travel along the Gordon River aboard the M/V Double Sunshine with Glen Beitmen of “Super Science & Amazing Art.” All ages will enjoy Beitmen’s humor and hands-on science experiments and demonstrations that entertain and educate children about the properties of water, environmental science and the marine wildlife that live in and around Southwest Florida’s waterways. Cruises will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on June 10, June 24, July 15 and July 29. Kids can cruise free in Naples when accompanied by a full paid adult, as part of Pure Florida’s Kids Cruise Free program. Admission is $37.50 for adults and $18.75 for additional children. Reservations are required by calling 239-263-4949 or visiting www.PureFL.com.
Guests visiting Pure Florida’s Fort Myers location will cruise along the Caloosahatchee River aboard the M/V Edison Explorer with Marina Hurt of Pure Florida’s Pure Education team. Children will collect water and perform water quality experiments to test the levels of nitrates, phosphates, ammonia, pH and salinity. The Marine Science Kids Cruise is an excellent way for children passionate about science to get a hands-on experience right in their environment. The cruise will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on June 10. Kids can cruise free in Fort Myers when accompanied by a full paid adult, as part of Pure Florida’s Kids Cruise Free program. Admission is $32.50 for adults and $16 for additional children. Reservations are required by calling 239-919-2965 or visiting www.PureFL.com.
Pure Florida is partnering with Four Freedoms Park for the third year to also offer the science cruises in Cape Coral, providing Cape Coral families a convenient location to experience the Marine Science Kids Cruise with Marina Hurt of Pure Florida’s Pure Education team. Children will collect water and perform water quality experiments to test the levels of nitrates, phosphates, ammonia, pH and salinity. Cruises will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on June 14, June 21, July 12 and July 21. Admission for adults and children is $15 per person with a Cape Coral Resident Discount and $23 per person for non-residents. To register for a cruise from Four Freedom Park visit www.capecoral.net/department/parks_and_recreationhome/four_freedoms_park/ call, 239-574-0804.
The M/V Double Sunshine departs from the historic Tin City, located at 1200 Fifth Ave. S. in Naples. The M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W. First St. in Fort Myers. Cape Coral cruises will depart from Four Freedoms Park, located at 4818 Tarpon Court in Cape Coral.
About Pure Florida
In 2009, father-and-son duo Captains Lance H. and Harry Julian acquired the Naples-based Double Sunshine and Lady Brett fishing vessel, and have grown the company to include 19 vessels and two locations providing a variety of unique eco-excursions for its visitors that incorporate maritime history, tourism, sightseeing and entertainment. With locations in Naples and Fort Myers, the water attraction company offers sunset and specialty cruises as well as boat and Jet Ski rentals, fishing charters, group events and educational field trips for schools and students. In addition to Pure Florida, the founders are also partners in Marine Team International and Pure Image Productions, providing professional marine consulting, television and video production and photography services. With a long history in maritime productions, Lance and Harry Julian have helped to create some of the most memorable water scenes in film production, with credits including “Titanic” and “Waterworld,” and television credits such as the reality show, “Survivor.” As the fourth and fifth generation working within the maritime industry, Lance and Harry Julian enjoy sharing their passion and expertise with fellow adventurers in the Southwest Florida area. For more information, visit www.PureFL.com or call its Naples location at 239-263-4949 or its Fort Myers location at 239-919-2965.