Manatees Paddle Board or kayak Adventure at Blue Spring

Orange City, Florida, United States

Experience hosted by Jennifer

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Bring the whole family
For kids 3 and up.
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.

What you'll do

We meet at French Landing on the shore of the beautiful St. John's River. This river is home to many species of wildlife including manatees, deer, eagles, turtles, fish and more. In the winter months, Blue Spring is home to more manatees than any other place on the planet.

After a safety lesson on land you will launch on your paddleboard or kayak and explore the river. We'll sit quietly by the entrance to the spring where hundreds of manatees swim in and out right past our vessels. We call it the Manatee Show. We see Mothers with their babies, young manatees and older manatees. We practice passive observation. As Guardian Guides for the Save the Manatee Club, it is our mission to educate our guests to engage with manatees in a way that promotes their safety.

Make sure to bring your phone to take pictures. We will provide a dry bag for each guest to borrow.

This adventure shows Florida at her finest. You will leave with memories for a lifetime and pictures.

In our professional opinion, this experience is best enjoyed on one of our sturdy paddleboards. This gives guests the closest view of the manatees.

We offer 2 times each day for this tour.
We meet at French Landing on the shore of the beautiful St. John's River. This river is home to many species of wildlife including manatees, deer, eagles, turtles, fish and more. In the winter months, Blue Spring is home to more manatees than any other place on the planet.

After a safety lesson on land you will launch on your paddleboard or kayak and explore the river. We'll sit quietly by the entrance to the spring where hundreds of…

What's included

  • Drinks
    We provide bottled water. It's important to hydrate.
  • Equipment
    We provide a paddleboard or kayak, all safety equipment and lots of photos.

Meet your Host, Jennifer

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 45 Reviews
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My name is Jenny and I own Epic Paddle Adventures in Orlando, Florida with my partner Richard. We have multiple 5 star rated experiences with Airbnb including Paddleboarding in Paradise and Ponies and Paddleboarding. We absolutely love sharing the beautiful waterways of Central Florida with new friends...we have never met a stranger. We have taught thousands of people the sport of paddleboarding and we love taking both paddleboarders and kayakers on our tours.
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Where you'll be

We launch on the beautiful St. Johns river on our paddleboards or kayaks. This natural Florida adventure is so relaxing. The scenery is truly beautiful and we take a lot of pictures for you to have as memories. This waterway is lined with old cypress trees and native flowers.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 45 reviews.

Margaret
January 2022
Amazing float,, RICH made it even better. Would have been perfect even without the manatees . Rich's knowledge of the manatee and of Florida I general was great. I will be back and will recommend Epic tours to everyone.
Leslee
January 2022
What a great experience! We saw quite a few manatees as well as other wildlife. It was interesting and entertaining and I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Alexis
January 2022
The manatee paddle boarding adventure at Blue Spring was an awesome activity for my family of five (kids ages 10, 8, and 4). It was our first time paddle boarding, but my older two got the hang of it really quickly and my youngest enjoyed a front row seat on a board with me. The setting was beautiful, our guide Aaron shared great info and fun stories, and - the best part - we saw so many manatees! Like up close and personal, y’all!! Some hung out near our boards and would show off by rolling over or waving their flippers. We even watched one pooping right next to my husband’s board, which of course the boys thought was so cool. We also saw an eagle, ibises, herons, and a large gator. Thank you, Aaron, for being a fabulous guide! This was hands down our favorite thing of all the beach trips we’ve ever done!
Meredith
January 2022
Amazing tour! Our guide Alex was awesome and gave us instructions so we felt confident on the paddleboard. Such an amazing experience and will definitely be coming back!
Lauren
January 2022
First time paddle boarding and first time seeing manatees up close. This whole excursion was absolutely magical! Go early in the morning, if you can, to see more manatees. Great, great experience!!
Brianna
January 2022
Although we didn’t get to see any manatees, it was an absolutely amazing experience! Rich and Aaron are awesome guides and very fun! Will definitely book through them again!

Choose from available dates

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  • Thu, Jan 20
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $65 per person
  • Thu, Jan 20
    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $65 per person
  • Fri, Jan 21
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $65 per person
  • Fri, Jan 21
    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $65 per person
  • Sat, Jan 22
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $65 per person
  • Sat, Jan 22
    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $65 per person
  • Sun, Jan 23
    11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    $65 per person
  • Mon, Jan 24
    8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    $65 per person

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 3 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total. Parents can also bring children under 2 years of age.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.
The skill level for this experience is beginner.

What to bring

Hat and other sun protection items
Wear a bathing suit or workout attire
Towel and change of clothing for your ride home
Water shoes or flip flops to wear on the river's edge

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.