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Manatee Kayak Tour at Blue Springs State Park

Highlights
  • Family friendly
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Small group ensures personal service
Manatee Kayak Tour at Blue Springs State Park
From US$85.60
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Manatee Kayak Tour at Blue Springs State Park
From US$85.60
Overview
Watch manatees in their natural habitat on a 4-hour kayak tour in Blue Springs State Park, the winter home to one of Florida’s largest manatee populations. From a safe distance, observe the gentle creatures from your kayak as your guide shares informative commentary about the region's animal and plant life. This tour proceeds at a leisurely pace and is suitable for all levels of experience.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the boat ramp in Orange City to meet your guide.

Your guide provides a safety briefing, basic paddling instruction, and guidelines for observing Florida's wildlife. Then hop in your kayak and follow your guide to the spring, a journey that takes about 10 minutes. At the spring, your guide points out the best places to view the manatees, and answers any questions about the 'sea cow.'

After watching the manatees, continue to the Snake River for one hour of kayaking through a creek that shelters an abundance of wildlife. There you might see manatees, otters, alligators, bald eagles, osprey, red-shouldered hawks, large wading birds, coots, moorhens, and wild hogs.

On the return to your car, make a final stop on a wooden boardwalk to look at manatees. After your tour, feel free to remain on your own at the park for a picnic or snorkeling.
Reviews (28)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Best day !!!

had an absolute blast with Jeff as our guide. Jeff has a degree in marine biology and was a wealth of information which made the trip so fun! He kept track of all 7 of us ( quite a feat) Do this your again in...More

Thank pamski44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eco Education in beautiful surroundings

We had a great time with Matt at Blue Springs. He patiently taught us how to navigate our kayak. He was passionate and knowledgeable about the area, the wildlife, and it's challenges. Bring your sunscreen and your curiosity. And don't be afraid of the alligators.

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank Andy W
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile
Manatee kayak tour at blue springs

Thank you Matt. We had a great morning discovering the blue spring and getting up close to manatees, alligators, turtles and birds. Matt was a very calm and patient instructor with first time kayakers. He had amazing knowledge of the wildlife and area. Our tour...More

4  Thank X7157OPjanem
Reviewed 31 October 2018
Manatees, alligators, turtles & more

We really enjoyed our manatee kayak tour last week. It was a welcome break from the theme parks, and Matt was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and we saw lots of it! The highlight was the manatees - and it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
4  Thank Mary H
Reviewed 17 October 2018 via mobile
Kayak trip

It was the most awesome kayaking trip ever. Our guide Jeff was fantastic! He was patient with new kayakers & extremely knowledgeable of the habitat & wildlife. We were able to see several manatees even in the off season. Highly recommend this trip & this...More

2  Thank Pat P
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BartmannTravelGuide
20 July 2018|
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Response from Resorteye | Reviewed this property |
We saw floats and inner tubes at the park concession for use in the spring area but no kayaks. We did not look for any nearby since our guide was providing them. Most of our trip was on the river and side branches way back... More
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limeypenny
7 July 2018|
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Response from Resorteye | Reviewed this property |
we have kayaked once in the area, and we are not professional guides so all I can offer is amateur observations. Our guide with Florida Adventures was the owner of the business and quite experienced. Of the three gators we... More
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