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Orlando Manatee Encounters provided by Adventures in Florida

Orlando Manatee Encounters
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from £57.84 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Observe manatees in Blue Springs State Park on this kayaking tour with a guide. The park is the winter home of a large manatee population. From a safe distance, watch the manatees, known as "sea cows," while you listen to commentary about the region's flora and fauna. You’ll explore at a leisurely pace. The tour is suitable for all levels and includes paddling instructions and guidelines.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Observe Florida wildlife from a safe distance
This tour is suitable for beginner kayakers
Get chance to spot wildlife like otters, alligators, bald eagles, and more
A small group ensures personal service
What to expect
Make your own way to the boat ramp in Orange City to meet your guide. Your guide provides a safety briefing, basic paddling instruction, and guidelines for observing Florida's wildlife. Then hop in your kayak and follow your guide to the spring. At the spring, your guide points out the best places to view the manatees, and answers any questions about the 'sea cow.' After watching the manatees, continue to the Snake River and kayak through a creek that shelters an abundance of wildlife. There you might see manatees, otters, alligators, bald eagles, osprey, red-shouldered hawks, large wading birds, coots, moorhens, and wild hogs. On the return to your car, make a final stop on a wooden boardwalk to look at manatees. After your tour, feel free to remain on your own at the park for a picnic or snorkeling.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 45091P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Landing and facility fees • Professional guide • Bottled water • Local guide
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
French Landing, 2398 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA Go to the very end of French Ave, 1 mile past the State Park.
Inclusions
Landing and facility fees • Professional guide • Bottled water • Local guide
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
French Landing, 2398 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA Go to the very end of French Ave, 1 mile past the State Park.
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
There is no minimum age however all participants must know how to swim
It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, towel, waterproof camera and wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty
To ensure a proper size kayak is available, please provide your individual heights and weights at the time of booking
There is no restroom at the meeting location. There is a public restroom at Valentine Park (1511 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763) about a mile before you arrive the meeting location that we recommend you use before your tour.
Wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Transportation is wheelchair accessible
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
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S M
Plantation, United States2 contributions
Kayaking Trip
Jun 2021 • Couples
Seeing deer and wildlife. Bill was an excellent tour guide. River was very peaceful and quiet. Great
Written 11 June 2021
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Rebecca
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Would highly recommend Astrid!
Jun 2021 • Family
Astrid is very knowledgeable about wild life, we had awesome time kayaking with her guid, we saw lots of alligators, many birds, plants, and even a manatee swimming right around us!
Written 2 June 2021
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Shane A
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Very great experience
May 2021 • Couples
This was our first trying going out and we had a very great experience. The best teacher she was very helpful and took her time with us
Written 9 May 2021
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Lauren O
3 contributions
Fun and relaxing
Had a wonderful trip with Bill as our guide. Highly recommend this tour for groups of friends or families looking for a relaxing and unique experience. Saw manatees, alligators, lots of birds and fish.
Written 2 May 2021
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Timothy brown
1 contribution
Loved it great time!
Apr 2021 • Family
Was a great time and experience was our first time doing something like this but instructor was great
Written 24 April 2021
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Terryn M
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Jimi was the best
Apr 2021 • Family
Jimi was super helpful and friendly! He was well informed and knew so much about the wildlife! Highly recommend!!
Written 21 April 2021
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DLP
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Wonderful Kayak Tour
Apr 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful experience kayaking on St.John’s River. It was a very pleasant and enjoying tour. We saw lots of birds, animals including Manatees. Big shout out to Bill who was very knowledgeable, patiently answered all our questions and made sure we had a good time by showing us lots of things in the wilderness. We learnt a lot about the ecosystem in Florida. Overall highly recommend the tour. Reasonable price and easy access. Customer service was very good. They had to cancel the tour due to weather but promptly gave us option for refund and/rebook at our convenience. They also followed the pandemic safety protocols.
Written 14 April 2021
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Gayle S
Arkansas92 contributions
Great for beginners and families.
You’ll spend much of your time paddling along the St John’s River, Florida’s longest River.
The area we were in was a calm relaxing time on the water.
From what I understand, Mar-Oct is not an ideal time to see Manatees because it’s a bit too warm for them in the spring. We went in April on a chilly day but saw maybe 6 from a short distance. Check the website for the best times to see Manatees if that’s an important part of your kayak trip.
Astrid was our tour guide and had an immense knowledge of the local wildlife.
The meetup was easy to find using the gps and parking wasn’t a problem.
Written 13 April 2021
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AimeeB89
Utah24 contributions
Wonderful kayaking trip
Apr 2021
Our tour guide Jimmy was awesome! He knew everything about the area and explained everything from the plants to the animals. We even saw 3 young manatee up by the spring (2 of them were just released from foster care and another one joined them). It was nice to see a "manatee watcher" gal (a volunteer position that keeps a close eye on the manatee and educates the people as they come through) to help keep the newly released young ones safe. Afterwards we paddled down or up the river (not really sure). We saw a lot of gators swimming in the waters. It was fun watching them poke their heads up to watch us and then go back under. Down by the lagoon/ end of the cove we went through there was a deer which Jimmy said he never saw before. We also saw a lot of turtles in that area and then a gator that went right under our kayak and did some splashing around, trying to get away from us, I am sure! It was nerve wracking to say the least but I am sure he was just as scared. On the way back we saw a bird that had a snake in his mouth and then proceeded to fly away and above our kayak. I was thankful he didn't drop the snake on us!!! This tour was absolutely amazing and my most favorite part of our visit to Florida. I highly recommend the tour as there is so much to learn from your guide rather than going on your own.
Written 12 April 2021
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HeatherH5711
1 contribution
"Beautiful Experience"
Apr 2021
We loved this kayak trip. We saw so much wildlife; birds, alligators, and of course manatees. Bill was our guide. He is very knowledgeable about the wildlife, the plants and trees and the area in general. We enjoyed his company very much. This is such a great way to see the "real" Florida. It was one of the best things we have ever done on a vacation. I recommend bringing a water bottle and sunscreen. Our 13 year old went with us and she had an awesome time too. It was her favorite thing we did in Florida this year.
Written 11 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Great escape from the parks and the people
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Great paddling adventure
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