Miami Boat Tour - Island Queen

Crazy vs Calm: Miami Boat Tours

Boat tours are around every corner in Florida, but your ride can vary greatly from one boat to another, even when you are exploring the same area. The Star Island and Fisher Island areas in Miami’s Biscayne Bay, are popular spots for obvious reasons–the island’s residents have consisted of celebrities such as Rosie O’Donnell, Gloria Estefan, Shaquille O’Neal, P. Diddy and so many others.

Micah and I have been on two Miami boat tours; we went on the Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure with his mom and stepdad, and I went on the Millionaire’s Row Cruise with my mom and aunt about a month later. I am amazed that I enjoyed not only one, but both of the tours, as I really wasn’t expecting the entertaining experience we had on either of them. Both tours chartered roughly the same area around Star Island and Fisher Island, but they couldn’t have been more different.

Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure:

After boarding the power catamaran and taking a short speedy ride through Biscayne Bay we slowed near the bay islands for a closer look at the homes of the famous. The captains were funny and upbeat and humor was a large part of the commentary. Once we were done searching for stars, the highlight of the trip began. We sped out into the ocean and started flying through the waves at speeds of up to 55 mph. I was laughing so hard because I could hardly see due to the water splashing up in my face. Tip: if you want to stay dry, do not sit along the outside of the boat. This is the only Biscayne Bay boat tour that gets you out into the ocean for a high speed jaunt. It was an exhilarating 45 minutes, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Miami Boat Tour - Thriller

Miami Boat Tour - Thriller

Miami Boat Tour - Thriller

Millionaire’s Row Cruise:

This ride is much more relaxed, but every bit as enjoyable. I wasn’t too thrilled to be taking another boat tour of the same area in such a close time span, but thankfully, the ride on the Island Queen was very different.  It was a bright sunny day and we lucked out by snagging front row seats in the bow of the boat. After a leisurely ride through the bay, we arrived at Fisher Island and Millionaire’s Row, the main attractions of this boat ride. We followed a similar path as the speed boat tour, but I was surprised to hear some conflicting information! The guide on this boat told us a couple different stories than the guides on the previous tour. It was interesting to hear the differences, but I never did learn which of their stories were correct. I also had a chance to play tour guide to my mom and aunt, telling them details of the properties that were not mentioned in the Island Queen’s commentary. It was fun to share facts that I learned on the previous tour. Since this boat is much larger and slower, the ride around the bay and back took 90 minutes, and before we knew it, we were heading back to the docks. Even though I got a sunburn, I still had a great time on the sunny spin around the bay. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the Island Queen, but it is a much larger boat than the Thriller–holding up to 140 passengers, the Island Queen has a covered open-air deck and an air-conditioned  enclosed deck as well.

Miami Boat Tour - Island Queen

Miami Boat Tour - Island Queen

If you want to spend some time on the water in search of celebrities, both of these rides will provide you with a fun way to accomplish that task. Just remember to bring your sunscreen!

Tour Information:

The Thriller Miami Speedboat Adventure is $35 for adults and $22 for children under 12, but you can save $3 per person by making online reservations. There are 5-7 tours a day depending on the season.

The Millionaire’s Row Tours are $24 for adults and $19 for children, and there are 10 tours offered on three different boats throughout the day.

  • Ginger Carney
    Posted at 20:18h, 27 August Reply

    Looks like fun! I have never made it to Florida but should I ever find myself in Miami one of these tours would be on my list.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 00:20h, 28 August Reply

      Good! We had a lot of fun–much more fun that what I expected to have! It’s always nice to get out on the water too 🙂 Thanks!

  • Brandon
    Posted at 07:18h, 10 February Reply

    Now that speed boat must have been tons of fun!! We are getting one this year our self’s its going to be a blast boating with speed through Miami and areas, happy you guys had fun and nice pictures.
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  • Greg
    Posted at 07:33h, 08 November Reply

    I’m totally jealous on your speed boat adventure!! 🙂

  • Joe Jet Ski
    Posted at 07:23h, 11 November Reply

    This is a awesome post, im glad you guys mention the Millionaires row we do our tours around these mansions and visitors love it, our tour guide takes them on a jet ski tough not boats 🙂

  • Sun Life Water Sports
    Posted at 08:25h, 15 November Reply

    35$ that is really affordable boat tour, not bad at all considering its Miami area…

  • Holiday Bays
    Posted at 00:38h, 21 June Reply

    I thought the boat tour would cost more. I’ll definitely try this next time I visit Miami. Awesome post!
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