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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.

Key West: Sandbar Excursion & Kayak Tour with Lunch & Drinks

2. Key West: Sandbar Excursion & Kayak Tour with Lunch & Drinks

Explore Key West’s Florida Marine Sanctuary on a sandbar and kayak eco-adventure. Hop on a boat and cruise through the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean as you head toward the marine sanctuary. Be on the lookout for dolphins and sea turtles, participate in water activities, and savor lunch with unlimited drinks. Start with a guided kayak tour through the mangrove islands, exploring the local marine wildlife and mangroves. See as much local wildlife as possible with 500 marine species in the area. Next, venture further into the wildlife sanctuary to a secluded sandbar. Select your lunch with options such as fresh local Cuban sandwiches, fried chicken tenders, veggie wraps, fruit and veggie trays, cheese and cracker platters, and pita and hummus platters. Take advantage of unlimited draft beer, wine, and soft drinks that will be available after lunch. At the sandbar, you'll have the chance to either explore with a paddleboard or kayak, go snorkeling, or just sit back and relax while you grab a drink in the secluded oasis.

St. Augustine: Dolphin and Manatee Paddle or Kayak Tour

3. St. Augustine: Dolphin and Manatee Paddle or Kayak Tour

Board your paddle board or kayak and keep an eye out for dolphins and manatees on this guided excursion. Make your way through the waterways of St. Augustine as your guide helps you find marine life in the waters below. Meet your guide and discover a variety of different animals as you paddle on your paddle board or kayak. Enjoy an activity for all skill levels. Start with a ground demonstration and quick water lesson before setting out to find the wildlife. Enjoy the opportunity to see dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, crabs, and more. Paddle along the 30-foot high sand dunes of Anastasia State Park while observing the marine life along the way.

Osprey: Guided Dolphin and Manatee SUP or Kayaking Tour

4. Osprey: Guided Dolphin and Manatee SUP or Kayaking Tour

Explore Florida's waterways on a guided kayaking or SUP tour. See brightly colored pink spoonbills, watch dolphins frolicking in the water, and look out for live conch. Meet your guide at the shore and get an introduction to riding a standup paddleboard. Practice on land before trying it out in the water. Then, begin your tour. If you prefer, join the tour in a kayak instead. Paddle or kayak down the beautiful waterways of Sarasota and marvel at the beautiful wilderness. Spot a range of wildlife, including sea turtles, live conch, pelicans, and pink spoonbills. Follow your guide to areas known for dolphins and the famous West Indian manatee. Paddle through mangroves and listen to your guide explain the history of Sarasota and Osprey.

Daytona Beach: Guided Kayaking or Standup Paddling Tour

5. Daytona Beach: Guided Kayaking or Standup Paddling Tour

Discover the playful manatees of Florida on a guided SUP or kayaking tour from Daytona Beach. See dolphins and crabs, Meet your guide and begin your tour with an introduction to riding a standup paddleboard. Start on land and then head into the water to practice. If you prefer, join the tour with a kayak. Head out into the water in search of dolphins and manatees. Smile as they playfully swim near the SUP boards and kayaks. As you paddle through the Halifax River, spot sea turtles, crabs, and birds soaring overhead.

North Miami: Paddleboard or Kayak Island and Animal Tour

6. North Miami: Paddleboard or Kayak Island and Animal Tour

Explore Osprey Triangle Nature Preserve with a guide and a group. Choose to kayak or paddleboard through the mangrove jungle. See the biodiversity of the area while watching out for its various animal and plant species. Join your guide and fellow group members at the end of Bay Vista Blvd., right next to FIU Biscayne Bay campus for a brief meet and greet. Receive instructions from the guide if needed on how to paddle and be safe during the activity. Head towards the middle of Oleta river state park, where you will be able to choose between a stand-up paddle or a kayak to paddle your way through a lush mangrove jungle in the middle of Florida’s largest urban park. Wind your way through the narrow canals and be on the lookout for all different types of wildlife including manatees, iguanas, birds, crabs, fish, raccoons, and possibly dolphins. Experience the natural wonders of the area for a couple of hours before heading over to a small island where you can relax, swim and enjoy a delicious fresh fruit snack & drinks, including grapes, strawberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, beer, wine, and water. Head back to shore at the end of the tour, where you are also welcome to explore more of the park and do its trails & hikes, enjoy a picnic, snorkel or do any other activities.

Jupiter: Loxahatchee River Scenic Kayak Tour

7. Jupiter: Loxahatchee River Scenic Kayak Tour

Embark on a scenic Loxahatchee River guided tour that heads downstream from the Riverbend Park toward the Atlantic Ocean. Learn all about the history of the area from your guide and keep your eyes peeled to spot different types of wildlife as well as local flora and fauna. In either a one or two-person kayak, pass through a Cypress swamp, with opportunities to see many species of plants and animals under the shade of the canopy. The Seminole people have inhabited this area for thousands of years. As you listen to your guide, find out more about the local history and folklore. This area is truly unique in the United States and is recognized with federal protection status.

Marco Island: Kayak Mangrove Ecotour in Rookery Bay Reserve

8. Marco Island: Kayak Mangrove Ecotour in Rookery Bay Reserve

Discover the relaxing calm of the waters of Rookery Bay reserve on this kayaking tour from Marco Island. Explore the most pristine mangrove forest in North America and search for wildlife with the help of your biologist and Florida naturalist guides. Meet your guides and get set up with your kayaking gear. Keep your things dry with the included waterproof bag. Start off with paddling instructions and a safety briefing to ensure that you are confident in the kayak before setting off on your adventure.  Ride through the mangrove mazes and tunnels where you can discover some of Southwest Florida’s most popular wildlife. Try to spy some of the over 150 species of birds that call this area home, as well as manatees and dolphins. Glide over oyster reefs, mudflats, and hidden bays. Get so close to the mangroves that your guide will be able to show you the small creatures that live in this beautiful forest, like the mangrove tree crab and the mangrove periwinkle. Search for shells, such as, the famous horse conch and the lightning whelk. Peer into crystal-clear waters for the chance to spot sea stars and urchins. Listen as your guide shares important facts about this amazing ecosystem.

Everglades: Guided Kayak, Airboat Tour, and Alligator Show

9. Everglades: Guided Kayak, Airboat Tour, and Alligator Show

Explore the subtropical Everglades wilderness on a kayak tour led by a trained naturalist. Discover the magical mangrove tunnels and cypress forests, and spot the wildlife in their natural habitat, including alligators, eagles, and herons. Learn about the area and its ecosystems from your guide. Enjoy transportation from the meeting place to the launch point of your trip near Everglades National Park, where you'll get instruction on how to safely maneuver the kayak. Set off through the kayaking trail as you learn about the Everglades' plants, animals, and ecosystems from your guide. Keep an eye out for animals in their natural habitats like alligators, bald eagles, osprey, herons, egrets, cormorants, anhingas, spoonbills, and other birds. Your next activity is a guided airboat tour through 259 acres of private grasslands. An experience like nowhere else, you'll glide on top of the water as your knowledgeable captain narrates what you can see. Your captain will teach you more about the local animals, plants, and native history of the area. Included with your tour is a visit to the animal sanctuary where you can see tigers, otters, turtles, alligators and crocodiles. There you will get to see a live alligator show with a trained alligator handler. Get up close and learn even more alligator facts! Finally, you'll get a chance to hold and hug a baby alligator and take pictures. We ensure the alligator you hold is safe and cannot bite you. Get a full Everglades experience with this kayak and airboat tour combo! This immersive experience includes a guided kayak tour, airboat tour, animal sanctuary, alligator show and alligator hugs. You won't want to miss this unique Everglades adventure.

Fort Myers: Guided Standup Paddleboarding or Kayaking Tour

10. Fort Myers: Guided Standup Paddleboarding or Kayaking Tour

Discover the wildlife of Fort Myers' waterways on a guided tour in a SUP or kayak. See sea turtles and crabs, get a workout from your SUP, and enjoy panoramic views of the waterways. Meet your guide at the shore and start with a short introduction course to standup paddling. Practice on land first before heading into the water. If you prefer sitting to standup paddling, join the tour in a kayak. Head out into the water in search of wildlife. Spot manatees and dolphins frolicking, look out for sea turtles, and see crabs scuttling along the sand.

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4.6 / 5

based on 138 reviews

We had a very open-minded guide who was able to answer all questions very well. The tour was very relaxed and alligators, turtles and various species of birds could be seen sufficiently. Water and a small bar were also included as supplies.

Very cool experience. Really very informative and a good alternative to discover the Everglades. Recommended in the winter months when the alligators prefer to be on the shore. Really great guide and highly recommended.

Austin is an amazing guide. Knowledgeable and passionate about the environment and conservation, he provided us with an experience that was a highlight of our vacation. You can’t miss by choosing River Wild Kayaking!

Amazing experience! Ryan was a great guide! He was very knowledgeable about the area, wildlife and ecosystems. It was peaceful and exciting at the same time. Definitely recommend!

I would highly recommend! Very easy going tour, very informative guide. I have been going to Florida for many years but this was a totally new experience for me!