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Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park

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Orange City, United States
Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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Overview

Just like humans, manatees love to spend the winter in Florida. On this guided tour, you have the chance to kayak through waters where manatees are known to congregate in the winter, near Blue Springs State Park. You’ll also get up close to a lot of other Florida wildlife, like bald eagles and osprey, river otters, turtles, maybe even a ‘gator or two.
  • Tour offered seasonally in the winter, from December to March
  • Go alone or with a friend; choose from a tandem or single-person kayak
  • Novice kayakers welcome—the tour starts with a quick lesson
  • Safety gear, certified guides, and kayaking equipment all included
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Departure Point

2422 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA

We will meet you at the French Avenue launch site at the end of French Avenue, 3/4 miles West of the Blue Spring, State Park Entrance in Orange City. *DO NOT ENTER STATE PARK* Continue on French Ave after park entrance. Road immediately turns into a dirt road. Dirt Road ends at Boat Launch.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Near public transportation
  • SEASONAL TOUR - Manatee Season November-March. Low Manatee Activity expected during off season months and Unseasonably Warm Days during Winter Months.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Encounter Manatee while Kayaking at Blue Springs State Park.

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Our guide was very...
Brian_K
, Dec 2021
Our guide was very knowledgeable and knew where to find a lot of wildlife! He was awesome! We even seen a rescue by sea world if a baby manatee!
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David was excellent. An...
Al_O
, Nov 2021
David was excellent. An amazing tour guide and knowledgeable. My wife Erika and I had the most amazing time. Highly recommend.
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Great for all ages
Francis_C
, Dec 2020
Not only was I surprised to see how close the manatees were inquisitive , I learned a lot from our tour guides. We saw so much nature in addition to the manatees. We saw egrets, ibis, turtles, alligators snd the paddling was easy.
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More than expected
Francis_C
, Dec 2020
Amazing tour. It was a small group very Informative. About the wildlife the plants the history. I went to see manatees and saw turtles, alligators, Ibises,egrets, 3 different kinds of herons.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thank you so much. We're happy you had a great time and got to see so many Manatees and other wildlife too!!

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