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

Manatee Kayak Tours Blue Springs

Manatee Kayak Tours Blue Springs State Park


Experience the manatees of Blue Springs State Park with an exciting manatee kayak tour 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. Get up close to the Florida manatee and enjoy a relaxing, informative and slow paced kayak tour in this little wildlife paradise. Involve yourself in the natural splendor, as your friendly UF 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.Sit back and meander up the beautiful Snake Creek, which is part of the St Johns River Watershed. During the winter months, the extravagance of this area is home to a wide range of Florida native wildlife, as well as some migrating visitors. Alligators, turkeys, deer, bald eagles, owls and vast array of epic marsh birds can all be seen here. Oh, did we mention manatees too? So what are you waiting for? Join us on an amazing kayak manatee tour in blue springs state park today!

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Tours & Prices


We offer this adventure as a public group or private kayak tour daily, from Oct 15 through April. The prime time migration season usually begins with chances to see hundreds of manatees is Nov 15 through March 15th or when the water temperature in the river drops below 68 degrees. 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 with 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 Oct 15 thru - April. We begin this tour early because this time of year the river and state park get very crowded with people and boats. The mornings are a much more pleasant experience, much quieter and we see much more wildlife. Prime time for the manatee migration is Nov 15 thru March 15. this is the best time to see hundreds of manatees if the water is below 68 degrees in the river. .

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. Discounts for groups of 10 or more. Please call 904-315-8442.

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 by phone or online. 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.


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 is the only 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.

We look forward to seeing you at Blue Springs State Park!
Here is our meeting point!

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