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Orlando Manatee and Natural Spring Adventure Tour at Blue Springs

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Orlando Manatee and Natural Spring Adventure Tour at Blue Springs
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Sink into Central Florida’s serene side on this relaxing nature tour of Blue Springs. This manatee refuge is a fantastic place for you to view the region’s longtime locals like the bald eagle, sandhill cranes, and a bale of turtles. Paddle board or kayak your way through these emerald springs with a local guide drifting beside you, ready to point out the unique wildlife wading just beyond your paddle.
  • Take a quick paddle board or kayak lesson before the tour
  • Comfortably paddle through manatee-filled waters with a local guide
  • Spot wildlife roaming the shore, springs, and skies
  • Tour includes up to 25 travelers for an exciting group experience

What's Included

  • Paddle board or kayak, paddles and life vest
  • Gratuity

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 2399 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA

    We will meet all of our guest at right at the waters edge!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Operated by Three Brothers Boards

Cancellation Policy

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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Megan_B
During our kayak tour, we got to see many animals & our guide was very knowledgeable about the area. Brock took us to see the manatee, multiple different bird types, alligators & a beautiful spotted gar fish. My kids loved this tour!

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Amazing trip
Louise_S, Apr 2024
We had an amazing time kayaking, we got to see lots of dolphins and manatees and our guide Riley was so friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this! Was especially good that we were contacted several days before to change location to a place where more wildlife was.
Manatee Mania!
Frances_G, Apr 2024
Sorry I don’t have photos, I didn’t have a water proof pouch for my phone. Make sure you do. Take the 8am tour for manatee sighting. Choose the paddle board will provide you better physical view by reducing the glare of the reflective morning sunlight. Honestly, we saw 6-7 manatee right off the bat, before we even got into our kayaks. Four Right there under the no wake sign going into the canal. Riley of Tennessee, was our guide’s name. He was pretty chill and fairly knowledgeable while at the same time being proactive and protective of the manatees. I imagine that’s a rare skill set. It was a no stress enchanting couple of hours. We even passed three manatee coming back out of the canal who were sleeping. My mum and I made good memories! The best kind of gift a vacation can provide. Especially since we were in the area for my Uncle’s internment. It was a brief relief from the grief we were enduring due our loss of him.
Disappointment
Amanda_P, Sep 2023
I reserved my time and paid and then received a call that they weren't running tours for today. So disappointed. Waiting for my refund.
Relaxing kayak adventure
Christine_W, Sep 2023
Relaxing kayak ride through mangroves, though I was originally scheduled for Blue Springs Manatee Tour I’m not sure why it was rebooked…that was disappointing, not going to lie. Though my guide was very nice and knowledgeable for area we wound up kayaking in.
Great, would recommend to others!
armandocris15, Aug 2023
Nolan was a great tour guide he was funny and very knowledgeable about the wildlife and plant life!! We saw dolphins and manatees on the tour.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
It makes us so happy to hear that you had such a great time on the water with Nolan and that you were able to see so much incredible wildlife! We hope to see you again sometime!
silent cancellation
George_S, Jun 2023
my tour was cancelled with no notice. i wouldnt have know if i hadnt called them to confirm the meet point.
Fun day on the water.
Wilfred_B, Jun 2023
Our guide was Dallas and he spent time showing us the little things that make nature come to life. He spotted the dolphin pods so that we could enjoy seeing them play right around us. Great guy, friendly and knowledgeable. Thanks Dallas.
Had to cancel but they were wonderful about it
Jean_L, May 2023
The tour was cancelled due to launch being closed. We rebooked at another location but it was on a bigger river which was not what I wanted. The office personnel were wonderfully accommodating in my cancelling my booking. Would book with them again if it was not the end of my vacation
Excellent company and experience
Jessica_K, Feb 2023
Great company and tour guides. Catered to my 4 yr old and neither of us had experience paddle boarding before. Thank you
Amazing for families!
Brianna_S, Jul 2022
Okay…so I was worried that this wouldn’t be kid friendly as we were traveling with a 10-year-old and a 7-year-old. I was completely wrong! This was an absolutely amazing experience! We were greeted by our guide Mac who gave us a brief overview of what we would be doing. He set us up with kayaks rather than paddle boards as we had kids. We were complete amateurs at kayaking as this was our first time, but Mac did an amazing job at walking us through what we needed to do and became pros very quickly. Mac provided us facts and information about all the wildlife that we saw and guided us to the spring. The spring is absolutely magical. The water is cooler, clear, and full of life. We had to trek a bit more to see the manatee, but once we did it was the most amazing encounter. My kids were mesmerized. My advice is to schedule a morning trip rather than afternoon as it was blazing hot by 1pm. There is very little shade until you get to the spring. Also bring a water bottle as you will be exerting tons of energy in the sun while you row. If you love nature and looking for something family friendly, I highly suggest this experience. It’s worth every penny.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Wow! Glad to see that you and your family had an awesome time at Blue Springs with Mac! Thanks for sharing your experience with us :)
Great afternoon.
Todd_K, Jul 2022
Very relaxing afternoon. Our guide "Brock" was fantastic. He reached out to me the night before with directions and what to bring. Had a great experience. A storm was rolling through so we only briefly saw the manatees but it was still worth it, highly recommend.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Glad you guys could come out to Blue Springs with us and that Brock was helpful making sure you knew where to go. Awesome that you also got to see manatees! Thanks for the review :)
An amazing experience...
rthall, Jul 2022
An amazing experience seeing manatees A very nice and well informed guide. So much fun. We would go again in a heartbeat
Trip of a lifetime
Joy_S, Jul 2022
We had such an amazing time on our paddle board excursion. We were able to see a couple of Manatees that ended up swimming right under our paddle boards. We saw a couple of alligators and tons of large fish and birds. Baylie was a very patient tour guide. We would definitely recommend doing this. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Helpful Tips-Contact the guide prior to your trip if you want a kayak, otherwise you will be paddle boarding. Also make sure you bring your own dry packs or waterproof phone cases.
Paddle Boarding at Blue Springs
Michael_M, Jul 2022
This trip was incredible! We went on the 8:00 tour in the morning, when it was still pretty cool. We went on a kayak and 3 paddle boards. Though none of us have any experience in paddle boarding, with the help of our guide we were able to get the hang of it quickly, and nobody fell in the entire time. Our 8 year old son was even able to sit and paddle board with us! At the spring, the water is crystal clear, and you can see to the very bottom. We saw tons of gar, sucker fish, a few manatees, birds, and a baby gator. All in all, we had a great time, and it was definitely worth the time and money. Shout out to our guide Brock!
Seen Mantees, huge fish...
Ciara_C, Jun 2022
Seen Mantees, huge fish alligators, and birds! We would do do this again. Brock was very professional and knowledgeable! He made us feel very safe
Amazing Trip!
Megan_B, Jun 2022
During our kayak tour, we got to see many animals & our guide was very knowledgeable about the area. Brock took us to see the manatee, multiple different bird types, alligators & a beautiful spotted gar fish. My kids loved this tour!
Manatees and Cool Spring Water
kathy_s, Jun 2022
The spring water felt so good on a very hot day. While kayaking we could see a lot of different types of fish below the kayaks. We also so manatees playing and enjoying the day!
Great time at Blue Springs
Justin_R, May 2022
Our tour guide Bailey was awesome! We saw a lot of wild life during our tour. Definitely would recommend and it well worth the money.
Fantastic paddle with the sea cows!!!
Suzanne_S, May 2022
Spence was a great guide and even ran the tour just for me as there were no other bookings for my time slot. Saw 6 or 7 manatee and had a fantastic 2 hour paddle. It was great!!!
Best part of our trip!
Andrea_A, Apr 2022
Absolutely beautiful! So quiet and serene! We saw a manatee and some alligators! Lots of birds! Brock was a pro and so patient while I learned the paddle board! Thank you!
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