Kayaking Tours & Destinations for Florida
There are plenty of opportunities to do so, whether you’re looking for a challenge and a chance to test your kayaking skills or just looking to see Florida from another point of view. A good way to see what Florida has to offer is to engage in a reputable kayak tour.
Global Wildlife Sanctuary on Merritt Island
The National Wildlife Refuge of Merritt Island in Florida is a popular destination for many organized kayak tours. Several tours located in the refuge give A Day Away Outfitters.
Manatee Encounter: It can be a fun and enlightening experience to kayak with this beloved resident and endangered species in Florida. The tour lasts two hours and, from April to October, manatee sightings are assured. The difficulty score is clear.
Birding Tour: This 90 minute kayaking tour offers the opportunity for paddlers to see some of the migratory and native birds of Florida. The refuge is named home by spoonbills, herons, egrets and more. The difficulty score is clear.
Bioluminescent Night Tour Black Night/Cold Light: This isn’t a refuge tour, but it is highly recommended. Owing to bioluminescence, the waters of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon light up in the summer. Every motion creates light. Manatees shine, stinging rays look like something from science fiction films, and tiny fish that swim rapidly look like glow-in-the-dark rockets. The tour runs for 2 1/2 hours. Bioluminescence from June through September is assured. The difficulty score is clear. In a whole new way, kayakers will really see Florida.
Wide Bend Paddling Trail for Saltwater
One of the longest and wildest publicly owned wetlands in the United States is this iconic underwater kayaking destination in Florida. A wide variety of marine and bird life is present on the 105 mile path. Inhabiting the area are white pelicans, egrets, bald eagles and ospreys. Kayakers would probably see crabs, birds, sea turtles, manatees, cannonball jelly fish, small sharks and rays in the water.
There are six designated campsites spread out on the trail. Camping permits are provided and there are accessible guide books. The trail is open from 1st September to 30th June.
Cypress Lake Blue
Club Kayak lists many Florida kayak routes and tours that are open. One of them is Blue Cypress Pool. At Florida’s Blue Cypress Lake, freshwater kayaking requires mild kayaking skills. The round trip to Moonshine Bay from Middleton’s Fish Camp is 7 miles away.
Besides other fish species, the lake includes largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and blue gill. Surrounding the launch area are cypress trees, mostly loaded with osprey. Side trips available include the discovery of the cypress swamp, complete with subtropical ferns, alligators and mosquitoes.
Weeki River Wachee
Weeki Wachee, a Florida spring that discharges over 64 million gallons of water daily, is also detailed by Club Kayak. Paddlers are likely to see manatees, alligators, raccoons, otters and a number of birds kayaking on this Florida waterway. Ducks, ibis, pelicans, herons, ospreys, wood storks and cormorants are often-sighted birds. Eight miles ahead, Weeki Wachee crosses the Mexican Gulf.
The difficulty level varies from 4 to 16 miles, from beginner to advanced.
In Florida, kayaking choices vary from freshwater to saltwater and from calm water to rushing water. Kayaking tours are an excellent way for new rivers to be tried. Another alternative is state parks and kayaking trails.