Take relaxing holiday cruise on bay from Deering Estate

By Cathy Guerra….
Take a break from holiday shopping and enjoy a relaxing bay cruise on Sunday, Dec. 18, while discovering South Florida’s nature and history aboard the Pelican Island Skipper pontoon boat, a 45-foot Corinthian Catamaran.

A Deering Estate Education and Interpretive staff member will talk about birds, sea mammals, Native Americans, and early pioneers. The boat will pass Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and restored bird rookery.

The two-hour cruise departs at 2 p.m. from the Deering Estate at Cutler and returns at 4 p.m. Passengers are required to arrive at the Deering Estate at 1:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person.

Additional bay cruises will take place on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 (Valentine’s Bay Cruise) and on Sunday, June 17, 2012 (Father’s Day Bay Cruise).

For more information, visit online at www.deeringestate.org. To purchase tickets, contact the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233.

The Deering Estate at Cutler, a Miami- Dade County park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. This 444- acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.) with admission to the estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee.

For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit www.deeringestate.org.

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