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Manatee Kayak Tours Blue Springs State Park | Orlando, Orange City

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The Manatees of Blue Springs State Park

Experience the manatees of Blue Springs State Park on our amazing kayak manatee tours, near  Orlando?  Our Blue Springs manatee kayak tour is a great chance to get up close to the amazing Florida manatee, while enjoying a beautiful kayaking adventure in this little wildlife paradise. Sit back and relax 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 winter sanctuary their home.

We offer these tours Oct 15 through April. The peak migration for the manatees is usually Nov 15 through March 15 or when the water temperature in the river drops below 68 degrees. This is the best  time to see hundreds of manatees in the spring. 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  6-15 years old  must ride with a tandem kayak with a parent. Sorry, because of the distance and safety…no kids under 6.

Your guide will also take pictures of your adventure for you to keep and cherish forever!

 So what are you waiting for? Step out into the Wild Florida, with an informative and just plain fun, kayak manatee tour in Blue Springs State Park today!






Public Group Kayak Tour

Public Tour Price:  $65.00 for solo/single kayaks & $120.00 for tandem/2 person kayaks.  This is a slow paced, beginner friendly tour.

This is a public tour and we require a minimum of 4 people total to go out. If you have less than four in your group, you may still reserve. In the rare event the minimum number of reservations is not met, you will be notified 24 hours prior to your tour time, at which time you have the option to reschedule or a full refund.

Our guides are great, please don’t forget them!  Gratuity is not included in the price. Just let us know at the end of the tour if you would like to add a tip to your credit card.

Tour Time:  9:30 a.m. Daily October 15th through April. We begin this tour early because the park and river get very crowded with people and boats during the manatee season and it’s just not the same experience. The mornings are much quieter and we see more wildlife.  

Tour Distance:  About 1.5 miles

Tour Duration:  3  hours  No hurries..No worries! Slow paced.

Tour Location : Blue Springs State Park 2100 W French Ave. Orange City FL. 32763
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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. Tip for the guide and smiles!

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 -6 yrs old, must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult. We suggest you bring drinking water in non disposable bottle.  

Private Kayak Tours

Private Tour Price: $75.00 per person.  Five people minimum charge.  Kids under six are allowed on our private tours. Please call for private tours.

Tour Location : Blue Springs State Park 2100 W French Ave. Orange City FL. 32763

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.

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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 ~ 904-315-84442




Blue Springs Manatee Tour
2109 West French Ave.
Orange City Fl 32763

From the Owner

Manatee Tours Blue Springs State Park

Mystical Mermaids!


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?

Blue Springs Manatee Tours

The Florida Manatee

Did you know?

Manatees are not territorial, and do not have complex predator avoidance behavior. In other words, No fear of anything!

Coming Back!

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 grand kids, 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!

Greg Braswell

Owner/Guide, Florida Native & UF Master Naturalist

Kayak Florida

Manatee at Blue Springs State Park

The manatee Experience!

Blue Springs Manatees Count

Blue Springs State Park counted 534 Manatees on January 23 2029

The the river water temperature was 59 degrees

Blue Springs to far a drive?

Check out our  – Silver Springs Kayak Wildlife Adventure

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on Feb 04, 2017