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Kayaking Blue Springs State Park Manatee Tours

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Experience the manatees of Blue Springs State Park with exciting manatee kayak tours near Orlando! If your visiting Orlando, Blue Springs State Park is about forty five minutes from the Orlando metropolitan area. Blue Springs is the Florida manatee winter sanctuary and temporary home for over 550 manatees in the winter months. Get up close to the Florida manatee and enjoy a relaxing, informative and slow paced kayak tour in this little wildlife paradise. Sit back and relax in the natural splendor, as your friendly University of Florida master naturalist guide enlightens you about some of Florida's amazing wildlife and takes pictures of you and your experience, for lasting memories of your adventure.

Our kayak tour meanders up the beautiful Snake Creek, which is part of the St Johns River Watershed. The beauty of this area is home to a wide range of Florida native wildlife, as well as some migrating visitors. Manatees, alligators, turkeys, deer, bald eagles, owls and vast array of epic marsh birds can all be seen here. So what are you waiting for? Join us on an amazing kayak wildlife tour in blue springs state park today!



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We offer these kayak adventures as public group or private kayak tours daily during the prime time manatee migration season, usually is Nov 15 through March 15 with chances to see hundreds of manatees. In the spring and summer months, there are a few resident manatees, however there is no guarantee to see them. Wildlife that may be seen is alligators, otters, turkeys, deer, bald eagles, and vast array of epic waterbirds. The spring is open to kayaks in the spring and summer, and pumps out up to 101 million gallons of crystal clear water a day. Your guide will explain the different species of fish and the delicate Eco system as well as some very cool steam boat history of the park.

Blue Springs State Park is located at 2100 W French Ave. Orange City Fl. 32763. 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 in a tandem kayak with a parent. Sorry, because of the distance and safety…no kids under 5.

Public Tour Price: $65.00 for solo/single kayaks & $120.00 for tandem/2 person kayaks. .This is a public tour and we require a minimum of 4 people total to go out. If you have less than four 4 people 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 through the winter migraion season.. The mornings are a much more pleasant experience, much quieter and we see much more wildlife. Prime time for the manatee migration is Dec. through Feb. cold days are the best time to see hundreds of manatees if the water is below 68 degrees in the river. Keep in mind, on warmer days in the winter there is no gaurantee to see manatees.

Paddle Distance: About 1.5 miles

Paddle Duration: About 3 hours

Equipment: We offer solo and tandems kayak for this adventure. We use perception sit on top kayak with integrated seats, which are very comfortable for your lower back. We also use lightweight carbon fiber paddles that are easy on your shoulders.

What to Bring: Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet, hat, sunblock, snacks, change of clothes and camera. We will take pictures of your adventure.

Lunch: Bring a lunch and explore the beautiful state park after the tour. There is a long boardwalk that runs along the springs so you can view the manatees. Bring your camera!

Tour Includes: kayak, PFD, paddle, dry bag, and a friendly, professional UF naturalist kayak guide equipped with a camera to capture lasting memories. Kids under 15, must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult. We will provide bottled water.

Private Tours

Private Tour Price: 75.00 per person. Five person minimum Charge.

Our guides are great, please remember them. Gratuity is not included in the price.

Reservations for this tour must be made and pre paid 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 5-15 years old must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult. We require a 24 hour cancellation notice for any and all refunds.

Reservations are non refundable without a 24 hour cancellation notice.

Any and all cancellations by Kayak Florida 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.

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Manatee Fun Facts

  • Florida manatees are a subspecies of the west Indian manatee.
  • Closest living relative is the elephant & hyrax.
  • Fossil records date back 45 million years. The oldest fossil found was in Jamaica.
  • The word manatee is a Caribbean word meaning breast.
  • The fossils show that manatees were amphibious creatures with four legs about the size of a pig.
  • Average length is 9-11.5 ft. / Average weight is 450-1200 pounds.
  • Largest on record is 15 ft and 3,649 pounds.
  • Average life span per FWC is 30 years.
  • Snooty was a captive manatee that lived 69 years.
  • Manatee are herbivores. They eat about 60 different plant species with sea grass being their major food source.
  • They can consume up to 10% to 15% of their body weight per day.
  • The average manatee has about 50 ft of intestines which is very long for a animal of this size.
  • Manatees have a very low metabolic rate.
  • Manatees lack the insulating body fat to keep to keep them warm. They can't survive in prolong water temperature below 68 degrees.
  • Manatees are very agile and swim up to 20 mph in short bursts, however usually swims at 2-3 mph. They can dive up to 20 min. while resting and 4-5 min not resting.
  • Manatees are solitary animals except during mating herds and when they are staying warm in the 72 degree springs. The females are larger than the males.
  • Manatees are non territorial and do not have complex predator avoidance behavior. They have no common predators, not even alligators.
  • Manatee have been called experiments of nature by scientist.
  • Man and the loss of warm water habitat, such as springs are the only real threat to our beautiful Fl manatees. With more and more people moving to Florida. Our creeks and rivers are getting crowded with boats. Please slow down and be aware of these magnificent animals.

Viewing Guide Line for the Florida Manatee

The West Indian manatee is a endangered species and is protected by federal and state law.Please avoid disturbing or harassing manatees whenever you discover that manatees are in the water near you. Harassment is defined as any activity that alters the animal's natural behavior. By altering the manatee's natural behavior, you may create the likelihood of danger that is bad for the animal and against the law.

Look, but don't touch. Please don't feed manatees or give them water. If manatees become accustomed to being around humans, it can alter their behavior in the wild, perhaps causing them to lose their natural fear of boats and people, which may make them more susceptible to injury or death. . Do not pursue or chase a manatee if you see one while you are paddling, swimming, snorkeling, diving, or operating a boat. Never poke, prod or stab a manatee with your hands, feet or any object. If a manatee avoids you, do not chase the animal for a closer view. Give manatees space to move. Avoid isolating or singling out an individual manatee from its group and do not separate a cow and her calf. Keep hands and objects to yourself. Don't attempt to snag, hook, hold, grab, pinch, hit or ride a manatee.

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We look forward to seeing you at Blue Springs State Park!
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Kayaking Blue Springs Manatee Tours
2109 West French Ave.
Orange City Fl 32763

https://floridakayaktours.com/manatee-tours/