Join us for a Florida Manatee Tour in Florida’s Blue Springs State Park in the Orlando area. Vacationing in Orlando? Blue Springs is about forty minutes from the Orlando metro area and about an hour and fifteen minutes from St Augustine. Our Blue Springs manatee kayak tour is a great chance to experience the amazing Florida manatee while enjoying a beautiful kayak adventure in this little wildlife paradise. You will be amazed of the natural splendor as we meander up beautiful Snake Creek which is part of the St Johns River Watershed. Alligators, turkeys, deer, bald eagles, owls and vast array of marsh birds call this manatee sanctuary their home. Our kayak tour is informative and very slow paced. Your guide Greg, is a local Florida native and a UF Master Naturalist, and also a trained first responder in CPR & First Aid. He is equipped with a marine radio, and a smartphone in case of emergencies and to keep track of any approaching weather. Greg is also a pretty darn good photographer and will take pictures of your journey for you to keep and cherish. So step out into the Wild Florida, with an informative and just plain fun….manatee tour in the Beautiful St Johns River and Blue Springs!
Florida Manatee Experience Kayak Tour ~ Blue Springs
We operate this manatee tour as a public group or private kayak tour daily, from November through March during the active manatee season. We offer tandem and solo kayaks for this tour. This is a family friendly kayak tour. Although we perform a short paddle clinic before each tour, we do recommend that you have previous experience in a kayak at least one time. Kids 5-15 years old must ride with a tandem kayak with a parent. Sorry, because of the distance and safety…no kids under 5.
Tour Distance: About 2 miles
Tour Duration: About 2.5 -3 hours depending how long we stop and take pictures.
What to Bring: Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet, (flip flops are fine) hat, sunblock, lunch/snacks, change of clothes (in case your butt gets wet) and camera. We will supply bottled water.
Lunch: Bring a lunch and explore the beautiful Blue Springs state park after your tour. There is a long boardwalk that runs along the springs so you can view the manatees. Bring your camera.
Tour Includes: short paddle instruction clinic, kayak, PFD, paddle, dry bag, and a friendly, local Florida native and UF master naturalist guide equipped with a camera to capture lasting memories for you to keep and cherish. We offer tandem or solo kayaks for this adventure. Kids 15 -5 yrs old, must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult. We will provide bottled water.
Our guides are great, please remember them. Gratuity is not included in the prices.
Public Tour Price: $65.00 per person.
Private Tour Price: $75.00 per person. Six people minimum charge. Discounts for groups of 10 or more. Please call.
Tour Location : Blue Springs State Park 2100 W French Ave. Orange City FL. 32763
See google maps below.
Tour Time: 9:00 a.m. Daily November through March.
Reservations for this tour must be made and prepaid 24 hours in advance online or by phone – 904-315-8442. Credit card is required. Must be 18 yrs old or accompanied by an adult. Kids under 16, must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult.
Please let us know. We require a 24 hour cancellation notice for any and all refunds.
Any and all cancellations by Kayak St Augustine due to weather or for any reason, the customer will receive a full refund of all charges. You will be notified by phone of weather updates and in the event of a cancellation of this tour.
Phone for more information ~ 904-315-8442
Blue Springs Manatee Tour
2109 West French Ave.
Orange City Fl 32763
From the Owner
THE FLORIDA MANATEE
Of all the critters we encounter on our adventures, the Florida Manatee is indeed the most placid and interesting. For me, their presence brings a magical wonder of peace and a deep connection to the simple purity, of nature’s extravagance. Their grace and elegant poise may only be exceeded by their size and phenomenal existence.
As I release the trials and tension of the day, and allow admission of truth, insanity has found a new degree, in a perfect memory.
At times, as I gaze at GOD’s magnificent creation, I ask….will you be here tomorrow?
As I listen in quiet serenity, the wind whispers in reply….you tell me?
Did you know?
Manatees are not territorial, and do not have complex predator avoidance behavior. In other words, No fear of anything!
Although we see scars on almost every Florida Manatee, they have made a comeback. Which given the growing population of Florida, is a great humane accomplishment, and a miracle in itself. Thanks to a great human being and love of nature, Jacques Cousteau, for bringing the initial awareness, and private, local, and state governments, following suit. Of course, lots of caring folks, called the general public, for which the credit is due. This just shows that we can all make a difference, for the sake of our kids and grandkids, and this place we call home.
Keep up the good work!
The need for speed will always be one of man’s greatest accomplishments. I guess we need to try to get it all in. In a day? In a lifetime?
Just remember. As in life, the journey is just as fun, and important, as the destination.
Slow down and Enjoy!
Owner/Guide, Florida Native & UF Master Naturalist