This page presents all Trips, Tours and Classes that are offered by the AMM wherein costs are associated. Our educational programs focus on all aspects of maritime experience where the goal is to expand knowledge through experience. Excursions to pristine barrier islands, kayak rentals, estuary cruises, wooden boat building school, sail training... we have something for everyone. See below for information on boat tours. On our cruises, we host school groups, families and the individual adventurer. Custom trips are available for large groups. See our current offerings below. For all trips, please plan to arrive 25-30 minutes prior to departure. Picnics are welcome aboard the boats. Email us or call 850-653-2500 for more information! This page offers an overview excursions organized as follows. * Motorized vessel trips aboard M/V STARFISH ENTERPRISE o Historic Waterfront Cruise o Sunset Cruise o Estuary, Little St. Marks Cruise o Estuary, Alternative Routes * To Little St. Marks, to East River and exit to the bay * To Little St. Marks and then south into the bay * Main river to Lake Wimico * Trip to the upper reaches of Lake Wimico o Full Moon Dinner Cruise o St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge Cruise o Little St. George Island State Park Cruise * Kayak / Canoe Trips o Kayak/Canoe/SUP from AMM Docks, Half Day o Kayak/Canoe/SUP from AMM Docks, Full Day o Kayak/Canoe/SUP from Breakaway to Museum Docks o Kayak/Canoe/SUP at St. George Island Ferry Boat Basin, Full Day excursion o Kayak/Canoe/SUP at St. George Island Ferry Boat Basin, Full moon excursion * Sailing Trips aboard the AMM flagship S/V HERITAGE o Pending * Trips aboard the AMM paddlewheel boat S/S SAMUEL FLOYD o Pending * Wooden Boat School boat building classes o Pending Once you locate the Trip, Tour or Class that you seek, read through the description and other information in the grid to get familiar with the particulars. If you are ready to make your reservation you may click the Trip/Tour/Class name that is shown as a link highlighted in the yellow box at the left side of the grid to go to the web store to make your reservation purchase online. If you have additional questions before or during your review of trip alternatives or your use of the web store, please contact the AMM Gift Shop via phone at (850) 653-2500, via email to VisitorCenterManager@AMMFL.org or in person at our main museum operation at 103 Water Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320. Instructions for use of the Web Store is provided at the bottom of the page.
Motor Vessel Trips
|Trip Name||Description||Photo/Map||Capacity||Cost||Distance||Lead Time||Duration|
|Historic Waterfront Cruise||Learn about the history of Apalachicola from our Captain who was born and raised here, a fisherman and oysterman his whole life. You'll hear stories about local people and their lives, and about the ups and downs of this river town from its birth as a cotton depot in the early 19th century to its present role as a part of Historic Old Florida. You'll see shrimp boats, oyster boats, snapper/grouper boats as well as the land bound facilities that support them on our working waterfront. Perhaps a manatee or two may surface, or a gator slip quietly beneath the waters of Scipio Creek. Sometimes dolphin come into the estuary after mullet and there are always ospreys, laughing gulls and brown pelicans on the wing above the river. A great taste of Apalachicola, which may leave you wanting more||40||$20.00||TBA||TBA||1 Hour|
|Sunset Cruise||The spectacular views of a sunset in the Apalachicola Bay, Apalachicola River or any of the labyrinth of rivers in the delta are a manifestation of nature’s grandeur. The spectrum of colors produced by the setting sun in a water world provide the ideal opportunity for reflection on the day and on life. Amid friends, family and a congenial captain, these elements combine to create unique memories that will last a lifetime. And while in this dream state take a moment to pause and consider the history of this magical place with a view into the past, present and future.||24||$35.00||TBA||TBA||2 Hours|
|Estuary, Little St. Marks Cruise||Get back to nature aboard the Starfish Enterprise on this educational trip that explores the diversity of life in the river and estuary. The Apalachicola River basin is one of the most biodiverse, productive and economically important aquatic systems in the United States. Marsh grasses, swamp lilies, wildflowers, and cypress trees draped with Spanish moss provide a scenic backdrop for herons fishing, ospreys feeding their young, and alligators slipping under the surface of the water. Dolphins fishing for mullet also frequent the river. This is our primary tour route among the four variations of Estuary tours which goes up the main river to the Four Tree Cutoff that takes us to the Little St. Marks river which winds it's way through the labyrinth of the inner river delta on it's way to connect with the East River and then back to the main Apalachicola River as it returns to Museum docks.||24||$50.00||TBA||TBA||3 Hours|
|Estuary, Alternative Routes||Alternate trips into the the alternative ranges of the Apalachicola delta region wherein each have their own unique attributes which exit into the open bay and travers into the broad expanse of Lake Wimico. These alternate journeys provide a comprehensive view of the many varied sights and experiences. These availability of these alternate courses are dependent on tide and wind conditions. The alternate routes include: 1. To Little St. Marks, to East River and exit to the bay 2. To Little St. Marks and then south into the bay 3. Main river to Lake Wimico 4. Trip to the upper reaches of Lake Wimico These alternate trips are offered by request and designed to give the tour enthusiast a glimpse into the many faces of the river delta and a full spectrum of flora, fauna and characteristics of the vast labyrinth of the rich biodiversity and spectrum of river characteristics.||24||$50.00||TBA||TBA||3 Hours|
|Full Moon Dinner Cruise||Join us on the night of the full moon for a two hour Sunset and Full Moon dinner cruise amid the ambiance of oil lamps and city lights. A sample menu for the evening will be pesto chicken parmesan stuffed with mozzarella with a white wine Alfredo on penne pasta with sautéed spinach, kale, tomato, fresh garlic and mushrooms with a touch of caramelized onion, Caprice salad with goat cheese, a key lime pie for dessert and a selection of beverages. The AMM Founder will be hosting the event while providing a talk on maritime heritage, bio diversity and projects underway at the AMM. The Starfish Enterprise is operated by a USCG licensed Master Captains and Crew, is heated, surrounded by clear vinyl windows, and has marine restroom with wash basin. Proceeds go to support the educational mission of the AMM.||24||$75.00||TBA||TBA||3 Hours|
|St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge Cruise||The St. Vincent Island tour will take you on the southern coast of Apalachicola and out Two Mile channel and then across Apalachicola Bay the St. Vincent Point and the inlet to Sheepshead Bayou. During the traverse to the island, you will have an opportunity to learn about the island’s history, flora, and fauna along the way. The remoteness and wilderness qualities of this National Wildlife Refuge provide an opportunity to experience a remnant of Florida’s natural landscape bearing few signs of human impact. When we reach the Island the passengers will have the opportunity to debark at the sand ridge as the entrance the bayou for two hour shore walk around St. Vincent Point and onward along the Eastern Shore of the island while the Starfish motors out and around Dry Bar to pick retreive our guests for the return trip to Apalachicola. Bring a camera, sunscreen, bug spray, plenty of water, a picnic lunch if so desired, a bag for shell collecting, and comfortable shoes for walking. You should be physically able to exit the boat in shallow water and wade ashore. Please be advised that it is against the law to collect or remove any artifacts, such as human tools or pottery shards, or parts of shipwrecks from state and federal lands, and this will not be permitted on our trips.||24||$65.00||TBA||TBA||4 hours|
|Little St. George Island State Park Cruise||The trip to Little St. George Island State Park will cruise across the bay to this uninhabited pristine barrier island for shelling and exploration. Use the trip guide to learn about the island’s history, flora, and fauna along the way. Native American inhabitants, the turpentine industry, a lighthouse constructed to guide ships into one of Florida’s busiest 19th century ports, and a World War II practice range have all been part of its history, but today LSGI is a place of undisturbed wilderness. The island’s remoteness and wilderness qualities provide an opportunity to experience a remnant of Florida’s natural landscape bearing few signs of human impact. Shore birds, sea oats, wildflowers, pines, and palms are among today’s full-time residents. Endangered loggerhead sea turtles are notable visitors, coming ashore to lay their eggs on the sandy gulf beach. The island is a favorite destination for sea shell collectors and nature photographers. A great opportunity for spotting dolphins. Bring a camera, sunscreen, a bag for shell collecting, and comfortable shoes for walking. Hiking trails and designated camping spots have been recently added for multi day use. We provide support for camping enthusiasts to allow them to bring camping gear for individuals and groups.||24||$65.00||TBA||TBA||4 hours|
Kayak / Canoe Trips
Sailing Trips aboard the AMM flagship S/V HERITAGE
|Sailing Trips aboard the AMM flagship S/V HERITAGE||24||$10.00||4 hours|
|Sailing Trips aboard the AMM flagship S/V HERITAGE||24||$20.00||8 hours|
|Sailing Trips aboard the AMM flagship S/V HERITAGE||12||$25.00||3 hours|
|Sailing Trips aboard the AMM flagship S/V HERITAGE||12||$35.00||7 hours|
Trips aboard the AMM paddlewheel boat S/S SAMUEL FLOYD
|Trips aboard the AMM paddlewheel boat S/S SAMUEL FLOYD||24||$500.00||8 hours|
|Trips aboard the AMM paddlewheel boat S/S SAMUEL FLOYD||12||$1000.00||24 hours|
Wooden Boat School boat building classes
|Wooden Boat School boat building classes||24||$500.00||8 hours|
|Wooden Boat School boat building classes||12||$1000.00||24 hours|
Instructions on how to use web store
Once you select the link option you desire, you will be guided through the following steps:
- Select the number of passengers
- The available trip dates are shaded in dark peach color. Select the date of the trip you desire.
- Login if you have not already. You will need to create an account if you are a first time user of the web store.
- Upgrades screen that allows you to select items to add to the trip such as t-shirts and other merchandise. These are added at the price indicated. Once you have completed your upgrade selections click the Add Items / Upgrade Total button. The bottom of the screen presents all options selected on a prospective sales ticket. Once you review this, select the Confirmation button at the bottom of the screen.
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- The last screen is a customer receipt. Print and save this for your records. You should receive an e-mail confirmation shortly afterwards.
- If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please print the receipt and contact the AMM Gift Shop staff as noted earlier on this page.