Blakeley Boat Tour Saturday May 2
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Passengers aboard Blakeley State Park's tour boat “Delta Explorer” will see a double feature Saturday, May 2 with views of rarely seen birds and critters of the Moible-Tensaw River Delta followed by the sights and sounds of the busy Port of Mobile, one of the nation's busiest.
The narrated tour aboard the 50-passenger Blakeley Park boat leaves the park's dock on the Tensaw River at 9:30 a.m. The three-hour tour goes north and then across the wilds of the Delta to the Mobile River, down past the Alabama State Docks and the shipbuilding and maritime industry on both sides of the river before it pours into Mobile Bay. The tour then loops back to the Delta Explorer's home port.
Nesting and seasonal migratory birds add to the spectacle of Delta marsh plant and animal wildlife viewed from the eco-tour pontoon boat at it glides through the shallows of the nationally recognized Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Passengers are reminded to bring binoculars and cameras. The Delta Explorer is a covered, 50-passenger, U.S Coast Guard inspected boat with seating and restroom.
Cost of the tour is $35 for adults, $17 for children 6-12 and free to kids 4-5. The tour is not recommended for infants and younger children. Seating is on a first come-first serve basis for walk-on passengers but can be reserved by calling 251-626-5581 and purchasing tickets using major credit cards. Seating is limited to 50 passengers.
Blakeley State Park is located on State Highway 225 about 4.5 miles north of its intersection with U.S. 31 at Spanish Fort. The boat tour ticket entitles passengers to use of the park all day. Picnic tables and restrooms are available throughout the park.
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Blakeley Residents Spotted
Visitors to Blakeley State Park with patience can see wildlife like this young mother raccoon and two of her four babies exploring the Washington Square picnic area this week (Aug. 24) She is leading them down from one of the park's huge, old oak trees. Click here to view the photo. (Photo by Jo Ann Flirt)
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