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Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

1. Everglades National Park: Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour

The Everglades area is home to a vast and varied ecosystem containing the largest mangrove forest in North America. The unique Everglades lakes, surrounded by mangroves, are refuges and nursery grounds for herons, egrets, stilts, ducks, wood storks, spoonbills, alligators, otters, and a variety of cute little fish. The Everglades National Park Mangrove Tunnel Kayak Eco-Tour takes you inside the unique mangrove ecosystem in a stable "sit-on-top" kayak (no previous experience required). Weave through the interconnecting, narrow lakes and flowing tidal creeks. Float through tunnels in the mangrove forest, created by the dense mangrove growth up the edges and even over the tops of the interlocking creeks and narrow lakes. The mangrove tunnels make for a surreal and mystical experience with the sunlight shimmering through the canopy, the stillness of the forest vegetation and the sounds of the forest itself. Enjoy learning a wealth of information on the colorful local history of Everglades National Park and its wonderful wildlife and flora.

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Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

2. Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

Experience the laid-back vibe of Key West on an island adventure that can end with a stunning sunset, if option booked. Board a custom-built, spacious catamaran specially designed for this trip and with a unique construction that allows you to get in and out of the shallow waters smoothly and quickly. Get a complimentary snack or light breakfast, depending on your time of departure, and then head towards a remote natural sandbar through the narrow passages of the lake. Marvel at the lush mangroves surrounding you as you follow a route that only the locals know about. Wind your way through the tropical keys, looking for playful dolphins and curious sea turtles. Each trip is different, just like the locals. Once you reach your destination, get all the gear necessary for snorkeling (mask, fins, snorkel and a float if you wish), and then discover the underwater world in the calm, shallow and warm waters. Get up-close views of the colorful sea life that live amongst the beautiful coral heads. Next, indulge in a delicious buffet lunch as you head to a remote natural sandbar for a day of fun in the sun. Upon arrival, sip a cool drink and sink your toes in the warm water, or grab a kayak to experience Key West from a different perspective. The crew will guide you on the best way to kayak, and share their knowledge of the area. Choose the sunset option and you will head to the best spot to view a glorious Key West sunset at the end of the day. Toast nature’s dazzling display of colors with a glass of chilled champagne before heading back to the dock for the end of the tour services.

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Everglades National Park 3-Hour Kayak Eco Tour

3. Everglades National Park 3-Hour Kayak Eco Tour

Visit the one and only Everglades National Park. Located in Naples and Marco Island backdoor the Parks is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most unique ecosystems on the Planet.  Led by the Florida Master Naturalists, take part in a 3-hour kayak eco-tour that will depart daily and set off to the truly unique 10,000 Islands of Everglades National Park. Find yourself in the habitat of manatees, dolphin, sea turtles and a vast number of wading and shorebirds. Your tour will launch from Chokoloskee Island, the closest access to the Everglades National Park. The tour routes that are chosen by your professional guides vary daily and seasonally. You may paddle to a rookery where hundreds of wading birds nest in a colony; find yourself surrounded by feeding manatees or dolphins; walk on a Calusa Indian shell mound that are thousands of years old; or paddle with the tidal currents up a river to view endangered roseate spoonbills or small toothed sawfish.

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Florida Keys: Key West Kayak Eco Tour with Nature Guide

4. Florida Keys: Key West Kayak Eco Tour with Nature Guide

Discover the wonders of Key West’s mangrove ecosystem on this kayaking adventure led by a nature guide. Marvel at the beauty of the Floriday Keys’ unique ecosystem while exploring its waterways. Enjoy included kayaking equipment for your trip.  Once out on the water, follow your guide through sheltered winding mangrove trails and watch as they point out native marine life, plants, and birds of the Florida Keys. Each tour is different and offers a unique experience to explore nature’s touch tank. Your guide will be on the lookout for unusual sea creatures to pass around and let you touch.  Spot dolphins, turtles, rays, bright fish, and more in the water. Look up and see iguanas sunning in the trees and birds soaring overhead.  As you explore, learn about the tropical ecosystem and how the mangrove islands and seagrass beds serve as a marine nursery for Key West’s wildlife underwater and on land. Whether you are new to kayaking or an experienced paddler, get the most out of your trip with kayaking tips from your guide. All experience levels can enjoy this interactive trip.

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St. Augustine: 3-Hour Matanzas River Kayaking Eco Tour

5. St. Augustine: 3-Hour Matanzas River Kayaking Eco Tour

Connect with mother nature on a 3-hour kayak trip with a local guide. Spot birds, fish, and other native wildlife while exploring their habitat in an environmentally friendly way. Start the tour at Genung's Fish Camp where you will be fitted with your single or tandem kayak. Next, glide into the Matanzas River, crossing in the shadow of the Crescent Beach Draw Bridge. Paddle past oyster fields, tidal creeks, and mangrove trees located in the protected waters behind the barrier islands. High and low tides offer different but equally enjoyable experiences. Either way, your experienced guide will help you see the area through the eyes of a local with stories and facts about the area.

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Miami: Paddle Sports Rental

6. Miami: Paddle Sports Rental

Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the local marina at your own leisure. Paddle out for a hike on one of the Picnic Islands, or simply enjoy kayaking on the tranquil waters of Dinner Key Marina, in Coconut Grove.  With your kayak or paddleboard, discover the beauties of nature Biscayne Bay has to offer. The harbor is protected from intense weather conditions, and its calm waters make learning to paddleboard fun and easy, no matter how much experience you have. Tandem kayaks are also available for those looking to explore with a partner.

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Orlando: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

7. Orlando: Bioluminescence Kayak Tour

The source of our “living lights”—bioluminescence—is dinoflagellates,  single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but its high concentrations in the warm Indian River water create beautiful bluish-white trails of light caused by swimming fish and paddling kayakers. A swimming manatee may be completely concealed in a spectacular, other-worldly cloud of “living light!” Upon arriving at the park, check in with the trip leaders which includes signing a mandatory release of liability and assumption of risk form. You will be outfitted with a life jacket, kayak, and paddle. After some brief instruction, we will paddle as a group in search of the “living lights.” Most tours last a couple of hours, however, if the bioluminescence is super bright and dolphins or manatee show up on the scene, well . . . time just doesn’t matter.

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Everglades National Park: Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour

8. Everglades National Park: Boat Assisted Kayak Eco Tour

This signature tour opens up the remote areas of Florida’s Everglades National Park right before your eyes! Experience the popular 3.5-hour eco-adventure by boat, kayak, and on foot. You will be in the company of a Master Naturalist tour guide throughout, who will introduce you to the history of the area and point out the extraordinary flora and fauna as you tour. Using a dedicated kayak transport boat, see some of the most beautiful and remote areas of the Everglades National Park, yet still be back in time for lunch, dinner, or another tour. Encounter a wide variety of wildlife, from manatees, dolphins, and sea turtles, to bald eagles, ospreys, herons, egrets and roseate spoonbills, to name just a few. Each tour is tailored to the group and the natural environment of the day, making every tour different. No trip is canned and the wildlife and conditions are wild, just like you’d expect from the Everglades!

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Everglades National Park: Alligators & Plants Kayak Eco Tour

9. Everglades National Park: Alligators & Plants Kayak Eco Tour

Step into a nature documentary on this easy-paced kayaking adventure with a naturalist guide through the Everglades National Park. Spot wildlife and plants, including alligators, butterflies, air plants, and various orchids.  Beautiful butterflies, abundant bromeliads (air plants), ferns, wildflowers, and at least seven different species of wild orchids at various times of the year: see all these and more as you paddle through the picturesque Everglades.  Keep an eye out for the Everglades’ most famous resident, the American alligator. Get a better chance of observing these creatures thanks to the unobtrusive stealth of the kayaks. Stay a safe distance away, but get close enough to take good pictures. Venture into a mangrove forest and marvel at the green canopies of the mangroves that form living tunnels of bromeliad and orchid-covered branches and roots. Listen as your guides share their knowledge and experiences and encourage your involvement.

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Kayaking the Econlockhatchee River: Day-Trip From Orlando

10. Kayaking the Econlockhatchee River: Day-Trip From Orlando

You will find the perfect day trip just minutes away from downtown Orlando on the banks of the Econlockhatchee River. This is a great way to escape the noise and development that’s taken over much of wild Florida. Relax in the shade of towering oaks and paddle the many twists and turns that define this lazy river. Come kayak the eight miles through the mysterious, moss covered cypress forest of the Little-Big Econ State Forest. Escaping the uncontrolled growth that dominates Orange and Seminole Counties, this state forest features a widening, lazy river where wildlife abounds. On past tours visitors have encountered bald eagles, red shoulder hawks, heaps of large wading birds, river otters, and, of course, alligators. The high sandy banks shade kayakers with enormous live oaks, pine, palm, and ancient cypress trees. Your catered lunch will be served picnic style at the Boy Scout Bridge on the Florida Trail.

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What people are saying about Florida

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 138 reviews

It was a beautiful morning with a ton of up-close wildlife sightings. Gina was a wonderful guide. We had a party of 5 with mixed levels of kayak experience. My 77 year-old parents had no problems with the paddle (in tandem kayaks with my wife and I assisting them). We saw alligators, turtles, egrets, storks, vultures, hawks, anhingas, herons, and of course ALOT of manatees. The water is highly tannic so the visibility is not great but the Manatees came right up to our kayaks. One of them even nuzzled my Go Pro camera as I held it in the water for underwater video. Fully recommended!

Our tour guide, Don, was very knowledgeable and interactive. The kayaking itself was fun and a great experience. We were personally looking for something a little more unique than the typical air boat ride. Kayaking allowed us to get close to the alligators while still observing from a safe and respectable distance. Don included a lot of information about the wildlife and his personal experiences. Would definitely recommend this to anyone!

This was a very educational and entertaining trip. Our guide, Don, was amazingly knowledgeable and obviously in love with the Everglades and Big Cypress parks. We saw not one, but two alligators, which is now a tale my grandson can tell. Really good stuff! NOTE: Buy the best bug juice you can. There are a LOT of hungry mosquitos.

The guide was very knowledgeable and the Everglades were beautiful. Make sure that you bring a lot of sunscreen and bug repellent! There were so many mosquitos and they were very hungry.

I would recommend this to all. This was the best experience. My family and I will never forget this. Our guide Gina was informative and just completely amazing. Can’t wait to go again.