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Our most recommended Orlando Canoe & kayak tours

Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak

1. Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak

Blue Springs State Park outside Orlando is home to the largest spring on the St. Johns River and a designated national manatee refuge. On this 3-hour excursion your group will paddle to the entrance of the spring run, park the kayaks, and then walk the entire length of the spring run with a guide to spot and photograph the native wildlife. Afterwards you’ll retrieve your kayak and paddle to the Snake River or Hontoon Island. The Hontoon Island area of the river is packed with manatees, otters, and sun-worshipping gators. Overhead bald eagles, ospreys, and red shoulder hawks scan the water and marshes for their next meal. On the riverbank, large wading birds, coots, morehens, and the occasional wild hog can be seen. There’s a nature trail on the island that leads to an ancient Indian shell mound. The park is noted for its large owl population and extensive Indian artifacts including the state’s largest totem pole.

Orlando: Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour with Lunch

2. Orlando: Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour with Lunch

See manatees in their natural habitat in Blue Spring State Park on a kayaking tour. Explore the rivers and creeks and spot a range of other native species within the lush marshland. Enjoy priority entrance to Blue Spring State Park and experience a fantastic view of the spring and the manatees that are to be found in the area. Paddle to the crystal clear waters of Blue Spring, Orange City by kayak and encounter the many manatees that make the area their home. During the summer months indulge in a refreshing dip in the clear waters of the spring. Glide through the calm creeks and rivers of the park and discover a variety of animals including alligators and turtles who often can be seen sunbathing on the shores. Also, keep a lookout for bird species such as a variety of birds including ospreys, eagles, and kingfishers. Then, after you finish your kayaking adventure, enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquility of nature.

Orlando: Rock Springs Run Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

3. Orlando: Rock Springs Run Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

Take a break from the theme parks to experience a different side of Orlando with a fun kayak adventure. Dive deep into the natural Floridian landscape to admire lush pine trees, pristine creeks, and diverse wildlife. Follow your guide through the Rock Springs Run area, then relax with a picnic lunch. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery and crystal clear water of the spring run as you paddle upstream through the twists and turns of the river. Journey through a special region that remains as it was back when Timucuan tribes fished and hunted here. Reach the bridge at Kelly Park and stop for a refreshing swim while being served a picnic lunch. Afterward, enjoy a natural lazy river experience as you gently drift downstream. See different wildlife species, including alligators, turtles, river otters, black bears, deer, and birds.

Kayaking the Econlockhatchee River: Day-Trip From Orlando

4. 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.

Sanford: Guided SUP or Kayak Manatee-Watching Tour

5. Sanford: Guided SUP or Kayak Manatee-Watching Tour

Discover the wild nature just outside Disney and Universal Studios on this kayaking and standup paddling guided tour from Sanford. Learn how to use a SUP, hear fascinating facts about the wildlife you see, and discover Florida's rich history. Start your tour with an introduction to the standup paddleboard. Practice on land before taking it for a practice paddle just offshore. Once you're ready, head into the water and begin your day. If you prefer kayaking to standing up, join the tour in one of the provided kayaks. Push off and head into the water, making your way toward the beautiful cypress waterways. As you paddle, hear about the wildlife you see and the history of Orlando and Sanford. Paddle under old industrial railways and past green shores for a chance to see playful manatees in the water.

Orlando: Shingle Creek Guided Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

6. Orlando: Shingle Creek Guided Kayak Tour with Picnic Lunch

Experience Florida's natural beauty with a guided kayak tour through Shingle Creek. Be picked up in Orlando and transported to Shingle Creek, where you'll have the chance to see local wildlife and enjoy a picnic lunch. Be picked up in Orlando and leave the hustle and bustle of the city for Shingle Creek, one of Central Florida's best-kept secrets. Hop in a kayak and follow your guide down the river and through the ancient cypress forests. See local wildlife, including turtles, birds of prey, and possibly alligators, all in their natural habitat. After your tour, enjoy a picnic lunch along the river before heading back to your pickup location.

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What people are saying about Orlando

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

This was our first kayaking trip and we felt very safe with astrid our guide she was very knowledgeable about the area. We had a 13yr and 9yr old with us and they enjoyed the trip too we saw two manatees and multiple crocodiles as well as birds and turtles. Fabulous day for all of us and would definitely do again x

What a perfect trip. They do the extra step to satisfy the tour members. In your case they informed us about a rocket lunch at the tour date and suggested an earlier tour start. Above that they showed us the best spots to show us the glowing in the water. We can highly recommend this tour.

Though we were in the off season, we were still able to see manatees as well as other beautiful local wildlife! Our guide was very informative and respectful to us & the animals. We had a blast and would book with this company again!

Bill was amazing and the water was sooo cool! Bucket list for sure! Thank you!!

Great guide. Patient, knowledgeable, encouraging. Would do it again.