Whether you are looking for some fun for the wedding party, here on your honeymoon, corporate team building, home school activities, paddling a lazy river or some fast water. If you're a visitor, local to the area, birder, photographer, novice or advanced, a nature lover or just want to go play outside, we would be pleased to show you the way...welcome to our blog 
For more information or to book your guided kayak tour online visit our website at kayakcentralflorida.com

Give us a call at 352-589-7899 or email us at jenny@kayakcentralflorida.com and allow us to help you create Your Orlando Kayak Tour. 


We also offer a vacation rental home, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4 & a few more.  Close to Disney, Daytona, the Ocala National Forest and Mt Dora. The home offers a beautiful natural setting, centrally located outside the city but close enough to enjoy it all. Ask us about reservations, we'll be happy to accommodate you.

Choose from these tours listed below or we'll be happy to customize a tour for you!

St. Johns River 
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles and many more species also nest here and call this place home. A relaxing 2-3 hour tour!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00

Rock Springs Run 
This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles etc. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. Being close to Orlando also makes this a favorite. This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary for the 2-3 hour tour $65.00
Previous Experience Necessary for the 4-5 hour tour $95.00

Extreme Emerald Cut This 2-3hour run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. This narrow river screams excitement and fun to the experienced paddler. Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary $65.00

Wekiva River
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. We are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00 or $90.00 depending on the tour you choose

Lil’ Amazon
Come paddle one of Lake County’s hidden gems. This river lazily takes you back in time. With Emeralda Island Bird Sanctuary to the East and Lake Griffin to the West, it’s a wildlife odyssey. All forms of wading birds make this area home for the winter. Look close for rarities such as Black Crowned Night Herons, Limpkins, Wood Storks and maybe even a Purple Gallinule, they are all here! Bald Eagles, Red Tailed and Red Shouldered Hawks and Owls of all sorts are often seen as well. If you want to see the other Florida, this is it! This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00 or $90.00

Silver River
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom at any depth. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; otters, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. This is a beautiful 4-5 hour tour or a 6-7 hour paddle!
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done $90.00 or $125.00 depending on the tour you choose.

Extreme Blackwater Lake Paddle through a blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. This is a 2-3 hour treat. Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary $60.00

Photographers Tour
This is a tour for the serious photographer. We have the ability to access some of the most pristine waterways early in the morning and late in the evening when photo taking is at its best. So, for the photographer who wants to hire a guide for the day, we offer a package that includes being introduced to the wildlife and waters in our tandem kayak. You paddle very little if at all, let the guide take you to the birds and you take the photographs!
Half day $150.00 or Full day $300.00

Winter Manatee Tour (Nov - Mar only) Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! This is a very nice 2-3 hour tour. Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00

We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation. The prices listed here are per person, just add the tax and we are good to go.

To prepare for your excursion, here is a quick checklist of items you will need to bring:
1. Your lunch (depending upon trip time and duration)
2. Non-alcoholic beverages
3. Sun block
4. Proper water attire & a change of clothes is always a good thing to have...just in case
5. Water shoes (old sneakers will do just fine as well)
6. Sun glasses

Also, it's always good to dress in layers. That is a great way to maximize your comfort. During the warmer months, you might want to bring an extra set of clothes with you and a towel. That way you are prepared if you decide to cool off in the water.

Your guide will provide:
A cooler with ice packs to store your lunch and beverages, a first aid kit, drinking water, the kayaks, paddles, PFD (life jackets), narration and education of Florida's diverse flora and fauna, some peace & quiet on the water and a great time!

RestrictionsThere are no alcoholic beverages allowed on our tours, there is plenty of time for that afterwards.
To book your tour online visit:  
http://www.kayakcentralflorida.com

Kayaking Blue Springs in Orange City, FL July 12, 2014












We started our St Johns River tour with a treat. There were 3 Manatees rolling in the water right close to us. Up they came for a quick breath then down with their tales disappearing into the dark water. The Great Blue Herons and Ospreys were out fishing and an Anhinga was sitting on a branch drying his wings. Up in Blue Springs another Manatee gave us a few more passes. The Long-nosed Gar, Mullet, Tilapia, Catfish and Bream could all be seen in the clear 72 degree water. Spanish Moss, Bartram's Air Plant and Quill-leaf all grow like crazy in this tropical oasis that is the spring run. We even found some Resurrection Fern with Butterfly Orchids blooming on the old Oak Tree. It was a wonderful day to discover Florida's wildlife.  

Kayaking near Disney June 9, 2014







As we drifted downstream on the Wekiva we got to see a lot of wildlife. There were Red and Yellow-bellied Turtles, young and old Gators, Great Blue, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons, White Ibis, Ospreys, Anhingas and a little red Cardinal. The Wild Turkeys were sounding off in the swamps and we found a place in the river with white sand bottom to get out and take a dip. That cool water sure felt good! On the way back we met this baby Alligator with a Damsel Fly hitching a ride on his head...it was a great day to be on the river!

Kayaking near Winter Park, FL May 15, 2014






Ominous clouds were on the horizon but we trekked on and made it! As we headed up to the Spring Run the tea colored water gave way to the crystal clear and we saw tons of Long-nosed Garfish just below our kayaks. A sunning Turtle and 3 ft Gator were laying on a log just below the Live Oaks that are covered with Air Plants, Quill-leaf, Resurrection Fern and Spanish Moss. We had an encounter with a lone Manatee hanging out in the Spring and that was a cool sight. As we started back toward the island the southerly winds helped us get there. Around the island, there were lots of Great Blue Herons, young and old, out feeding and a few still in their nests. We also got to see some Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, a Sandhill Crane flyby and a Purple Gallinule. At the end of the tour, I said goodbye to my paddling friends, loaded the kayaks and as I got in the truck, the sky opened up and poured rain...it was great timing and a great morning!

First swim tour of the year, Rock Springs Run April 25, 2014















We hit Rock Springs Run at 9:30 with a nice 1 hour drift downstream. There were lots of fish bedding on the river bottom and with the clear waters you could see Red-bellied Sunfish, Bass and Tilapia. There were Turtles out sunning and a few small Gators too. We got to see the Limpkins with their youngens, stopped in the flats and found Freshwater Mussels, Clams and Apple Snails. We paddled back up to the swimming hole and some even took a cool dip in the water...life rough ain't it? ;-).

Yaking on the St Johns River April 3, 2014








Don't get all excited, it's Root Beer


We started out today with lots of sun and a nice warm breeze from the South. As we made our way around the island we found a big mat of floating vegetation had blocked the way...No Problem!!! We all got a good run at it and muscled our way through. We headed out towards the swamp and found 4 Great Blue Herons sitting on their nests. The Little Blue Herons in the white phase are running around and the adults in the blue phase are getting their bright blue bill...we call that their Ode de Toilet or breeding plumage. 3 Bald Eagles did a little dog fight 500 feet over our heads and there were lots of Turtles and Gators out sunning. We had a moment with one that we accidentally spooked off the bank and he pushed a huge wave our way...life is always an adventure on the river!