Whether you’re looking for a challenge and a chance to test your kayaking skills, or just want to see Florida from another perspective, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Going on a reputable kayak tour is a great way to see what Florida has to offer.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida is a popular destination for many organized kayaking tours
The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida is a popular destination for many organized kayak trips. A Day Away Outfitters offers several tours based in the refuge.
Meet the Manatees: Kayaking with this beloved Florida resident and endangered species can be a fun and rewarding experience. The tour lasts two hours and manatee sightings are guaranteed from April to October. The difficulty level is easy.
Birding Tour: This 90-minute kayaking tour gives paddlers the chance to see some of Florida’s migratory and native birds. Spoonbills, herons, egrets and more call for refuge. The difficulty level is easy.
Black Night / Cold Light Bioluminescent Night Tour: Not a hideaway but highly recommended
Black Night / Cold Light Bioluminescent Night Tour: Not a hideaway but highly recommended. In summer, the waters of the Indian River and Mosquito Lagoon light up thanks to bioluminescence. Every movement produces light. The manatees glow, the prickly rays look like something out of sci-fi movies, and the fast-moving little fish look like glow-in-the-dark rockets. The visit lasts 2 1/2 hours. Bioluminescence is guaranteed from June to September. The difficulty level is easy. Kayakers can truly see Florida in a whole new light.
Big Bend Saltwater Canoe Trail
This popular Florida sea kayaking destination is one of the longest and wildest public wetlands in the United States.
This popular Florida sea kayaking destination is one of the longest and wildest public wetlands in the United States. The 105 mile trail features a wide variety of marine animals and birds. White pelicans, egrets, bald eagles and ospreys inhabit the area. In the water, kayakers are likely to see crabs, fish, sea turtles, manatees, cannonball jellyfish, small sharks and rays.
Six designated campsites are spread across the trail. Camping permits are required and guides are available. The trail is open from September 1 to June 30.
Blue Cypress Lake
Blue Cypress Lake
Kayak Club details several Florida kayaking routes and tours available. Blue Cypress Lake is one of them. Freshwater kayaking at Blue Cypress Lake in Florida requires moderate kayaking skills. The round trip from Middleton’s Fish Camp to Moonshine Bay is 7 miles.
The lake contains largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and blue gills in addition to other species of fish
The lake contains largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and blue gills in addition to other species of fish. Cypress trees, often filled with ospreys, surround the launch area. Side trips available include exploring the Cypress Swamp, complete with subtropical ferns, mosquitoes, and alligators.
Weeki wachee river
The Club’s kayak also details Weeki Wachee, a Florida spring that discharges more than 64 million gallons of water daily.
The Club’s kayak also details Weeki Wachee, a Florida spring that discharges more than 64 million gallons of water daily. While kayaking on this Florida waterway, paddlers are likely to see manatees, alligators, raccoons, otters, and a variety of birds. Birds often seen include ducks, ibises, pelicans, herons, ospreys, wooden storks, and cormorants. Eight miles further, the Weeki Wachee meets the Gulf of Mexico.
The difficulty is beginner to advanced and the distance ranges from 4 to 16 miles.
Kayaking options in Florida range from freshwater to saltwater and calm to rushing water. Kayaking tours are a great way to try out new waterways. State parks and kayaking trails are another option.