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Orlando Manatee Encounters

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Orange City, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Watch manatees in their natural habitat on a kayak tour in Blue Springs State Park, the winter home to one of Florida’s largest manatee populations. From a safe distance, observe the gentle creatures from your kayak as your guide shares informative commentary about the region's animal and plant life. This tour proceeds at a leisurely pace and is suitable for all levels of experience.
  • Kayak through Blue Springs State Park and observe manatees
  • Observe the local wildlife from a safe distance
  • Novice kayakers are welcome to join—tour is suitable for all skill levels
  • A small group ensures personal service
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Departure Point

French Landing, 2398 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blue Spring State Park
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Adventures in Florida
Admission Ticket Free
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Adventures in Florida

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Orlando Manatee Encounters?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Orlando Manatee Encounters.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Orlando Manatee Encounters?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Orlando Manatee Encounters.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Orlando Manatee Encounters?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Orlando Manatee Encounters.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Orlando Manatee Encounters?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Orlando Manatee Encounters.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Orlando Manatee Encounters?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Orlando Manatee Encounters.

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Awesome guided tour!
Brandon_M
, Oct 2020
It was a great experience for my family. We saw manatees, birds, fish and more. Easy paddling for us non kayakers! Jimmy was an excellent guide and a pleasure to be with.
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Wonderful!
Laura_S
, Oct 2020
It was a very chill and relaxed kayak experience. The tour guides were so awesome. They even sent us pictures after the tour. We saw alligators, 1 manatee, and a lot of birds. Would recommend to anyone. It was worth the money.
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A fantastic wildlife excursion in the Florida outback
medora
, Feb 2020
We had a very personable guide. A local man born and raised in the area with an incredible knowledge of the birds, animals, and flora of the area. We did see several manatee but not the droves we would normally expect for this time of year...probably due to the unseasonably warm weather we had experienced in the previous week. We saw more than half a dozen gaiters ranging from very young to about ten feet in length. He also identified at least half a dozen different bird species such as great blue heron. Most of the wildlife gave us great photo opportunities as they allowed us to come very close to them. His pacing made paddling easy in spite of going against a 20 km wind and river currents as we moved upstream for half the time. I would highly recommend this out of the way excursion as you will actually see Florida wildlife in the protected environs of the blue springs state park.
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Manatee encountee
alvarezadrianh2019
, Dec 2019
It was an amazing experience, we really loved it an unique moment with family. Out tour was was really great, he had a lot of patience and he explained everything to us. I totally recommend this tour. Manatees are just beautiful
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A fantastic first time!
Fearless32602845287
, Jul 2019
It was my 66 years old mom first time kayaking, she loved it! Our guide made the difference. It was a fabulous experience eventhogh we only got to see one manatee.
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Awesome sights and very informative
Matt B
, Jul 2019
Jimmy, our tour guide, was full of information. Any bird, fish, or other creature that came into view, Jimmy knew the name and their habits. We got to see alligators crossing the river and sitting at the banks watching us. Some made noises like bullfrogs as we passed. We went to a Clearwater stream where we saw lots of fish and a couple manatees and could jump out of the boats and swim. In the darker waters, we had close encounters with manatees, watching them eat, swim under our boats, and stick their snouts out to sniff us. As a bonus, we saw an Osprey dive into the water and catch a fish. I don't know how typical all of that is but we had an awesome time.
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If you want to get up close and...
JAMES K
, Jan 2017
If you want to get up close and personal with these wonderful, gentle and charming animals, this tour is for you! You can reach down and touch them on the nose! That's not permitted, but there close enough to do it! Plus the Spring itself is wonderful, and after touring the spring the trip on up the river and into a side creek is very interesting and enjoyable. Saw wild turkeys up close, lots of small gators, lots of birds in a very swampy jungly setting. And December is a perfect time to go to see the Manatees and kayak around in comfort.
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