Orlando Manatee Kayak Encounter

Discover Central Florida's hidden natural wonder! Join us while we explore Florida's natural waterways!


Journey with us to Blue Spring State Park, winter home to one of Florida’s largest populations of Manatee.

On most cooler winter days we witness hundreds of manatees relaxing in the spring. We will observe from a distance as our Florida Master Naturalist introduces us all to the flora and fauna that make up this wild area. During the peak migration months (Nov-Feb) our group will paddle up to the edge of the protected refuge and wait for the hundreds of manatee to wake up and float under our kayaks to the river in search of a morning meal. ‍

In the warmer months (Mar-Oct), when most of the manatee have left the spring and returned to the main river and ocean, our group will paddle up to the headspring. At the headsprings everyone is welcome to swim, snorkel, and explore. After a while, we will return to the main river in search of manatee, otter, and sun-worshiping gators. Overhead, bald eagle, osprey, and red shoulder hawks scan the water and marshes for their next meal.

On the river bank people will spot large wading birds, coots, more hens, and the occasional wild hog. If we have a bit of extra time we will make our way far off the mainstream to the amazing snake creek and dead river. This tour is perfect all year for bird watchers, animal lovers, and people who enjoy being lost in thought instead of being lost in the crowd.

Wildlife is not guaranteed, but a good time is!

Orlando Manatee Kayak Encounter
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