Orlando: 3-Hour Manatee Encounter by Kayak
- Paddle a kayak in the clear waters of Blue Springs State Park
- Observe manatees, alligators, otters, and large wading birds with a professional local wilderness guide
- Enjoy loads of opportunities for photographing manatees and other wildlife
On this 3-hour excursion your group will paddle to the entrance of the spring run, park the kayaks, and then walk the entire length of the spring run with a guide to spot and photograph the native wildlife. Afterwards you’ll retrieve your kayak and paddle to the Snake River or Hontoon Island.
The Hontoon Island area of the river is packed with manatees, otters, and sun-worshipping gators. Overhead bald eagles, ospreys, and red shoulder hawks scan the water and marshes for their next meal. On the riverbank, large wading birds, coots, morehens, and the occasional wild hog can be seen.
There’s a nature trail on the island that leads to an ancient Indian shell mound. The park is noted for its large owl population and extensive Indian artifacts including the state’s largest totem pole.
- Paddling gear
- Dry bag
Prepare for the activity
French Landing 2398 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763 Driving directions from Orlando: Take I-4 east toward Daytona Beach, and take exit 111B toward Orange City. Follow the signs to Blue Springs State Park. When you reach the Park located on French Avenue, pass the park and follow French Avenue until the road ends in about 3/4 of a mile. The road ends at a boat ramp on the river. If you use a GPS do not drive on Blue Springs Road or Magnolia! You will get stuck in sugar sand!Open in Google Maps ⟶
What to bring:
• Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)
• Clothing that can get wet and possibly dirty
• Waterproof camera
• Tip for your guide