Cypress Forest Guided Kayak Nature Eco-Tour

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2 Hour Cypress Forest Guided Kayak Tour

From $68.71

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Just outside Orlando you’ll find Shingle Creek, the headwaters to the Florida Everglades. The quiet waters beneath a forest of cypress trees are the perfect spot to kayak, even if it’s your first time. This guided tour will take you through the habitat of Floridian wildlife, including spoonbills, hawks, frogs, egret…even alligators.
  • Enjoy this eco-tour in one of Florida’s old growth forests
  • The peaceful waters are good for kids too, ages four and up
  • Stay safe. All the gear is provided, and the guide is ACA certified
  • Choose a tandem kayak to go with a friend, or paddle alone in a single

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Kayak rental
  • Life Jacket
  • Water
  • Dry Box
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 4266 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741, USA

    The Paddling Center is located at 2nd entrance to Shingle Creek Park, immediately past Marker 15 sign.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • We recommend you wear shorts, light shirt / top, sandals, hat and bring sunblock
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek

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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Featured review
Excellent experience! The cypress forest is very beautiful and relaxing. Ryan was so knowledgeable about the animals, history, and ecology of the area. He’s a great guide and went over and beyond anything we expected.


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Cindy_M, Apr 2024
Joshua was our guide and It’s impossible, not to be impressed by the amount of knowledge that this guy has!! So nice and welcoming and kind and so personable within three minutes of getting to know the group he had everybody’s name down!! If you are looking for a cool experience than look no furthur you wont be disappointed! Not the best most experience kayakers and we had no problem so don’t be nervous. Get out of your comfort zone and give this a chance. It was awesome and my 11 year old son had an amazing time!!
Great day!
Thomas_G, Apr 2024
Ryan was an amazing tour guide. Awesome guided experience. Thought about not using a guide but we were all very glad we had Ryan to point things out and tell us about the area.
Great time! Wear sunscreen!
Victoria_W, Apr 2024
Had an awesome time on our guided kayaking tour. Initially booked a tandem kayak and the staff were super accommodating when we asked to change to two single kayaks instead. The staff were super friendly and were lots of fun! Our guide Ryan was very knowledgeable and patient with those of us who weren’t the strongest kayakers. Would definitely recommend and would go again!
Great kayak adventure
Catherine_G, Apr 2024
Viator messed up the time of my kayak trip, telling me it was at 1pm and Cypress tour 10 am. The staff went above and beyond to ensure that we had a guided trip anyway. Our guide Catherine was wonderful. She found a baby and then the momma alligator for us to see. Lots of turtles, osprey and beautiful Cyprus forest. An easy, very fun kayak!! Highly recommended!!!!
This was a great trip to...
Melissa_R, Apr 2024
This was a great trip to view local wildlife and the natural beauty of the waterways of Florida. We traveled with our teenage children and had a blast learning about local animals and their habitat. Great tour and a great way to relax and learn about the area.
Great Kayaking Trip
Stephen_V, Mar 2024
We had a great two hour guided tour with Josh. He was very informative and knowledgeable about the flora and fauna we saw. He also made sure we were comfortable in the kayaks and helped me along when I needed a little assistance It was lovely to get away from the crazy parks and spend some time chilling out in a kayak
The best Orlando excursion
ARVAL_C, Mar 2024
Ryan was fabulous! We were in awe and loved it! I had never been in a kayak and was a little nervous but was put to ease quickly! The equipment is top notch, the river experience was our favorite experience on our trip! All ages can enjoy
A paddle through land time forgot
Anthony_C, Mar 2024
Pulled off a busy highway after busy days in Orlando and suddenly we’re in a land time forgot. The river was a fabulous paddle experience. Gators (small! I promise!), snakes, flowering plants, schools of gar, trees down to the water, little current, etc. I’d pay for this. Oh, wait! I did - and WORTH it. Ryan was the perfect, knowledgeable guide who constantly showed us things we’d have missed.
Awesome, magical!
Michelle_G, Mar 2024
This experience was amazing. Ryan our guide was very knowledgeable and helped guide us through the entire journey. He was engaging and made it fun and educational. It was absolutely the most beautiful excursion I've ever done. Worth every penny and more. A must do if you're in the area. Thoroughly enjoyed it and my family and I will definitely be back again.
Fascinating and Leisurely
David_K, Mar 2024
Josh was a terrific guide with a great deal of local and natural knowledge of the area. We saw alligators, turtles, herons, ospreys and their nest, and finally a non-venomous snake (which Josh picked up and displayed for us - also told us about it). Josh exhibited great knowledge of flora, fauna and animal life in the area. Fascinating. Also, it was a leisurely paddle through sun and shade. Beautiful area.
We saw Edith the 7ft....
Renata_G, Mar 2024
We saw Edith the 7ft. alligator! Lots of baby gators, turtles, and birds. Our guide was very knowledgeable and cool, kept everyone safe and had lots of great kayaking tips.
Love it!
Karen_S, Mar 2024
Our tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and kept us entertained. We saw many birds, baby alligators, turtles and a snake! Weather was great, company was even better!
Great experience
David_B, Mar 2024
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area since he grew up there. Knew about plants, animals and the habitats of how they coexist. The kayaks we used were in good condition. I was rather impressed by the whole process from online tickets to the final discussion after tour was complete.
Beyond Expectations
Anne_M, Feb 2024
Excellent experience! The cypress forest is very beautiful and relaxing. Ryan was so knowledgeable about the animals, history, and ecology of the area. He’s a great guide and went over and beyond anything we expected.
So worth kayaking this creek with Josh's group!
Darlene_G, Jan 2024
I could have kayaked this lovely creek alone, but it was so much more enjoyable due to Josh's knowledge and enthusiasm! Our small group of 6 talked non stop about science, nature, travel and more. Could not believe how deep into nature I felt just a few steps from a very busy, built up part of Florida.
Our guide was Tia. She...
Joseph_M, Jan 2024
Our guide was Tia. She was very informative and friendly. There were just 2 people in our group, so we got to have a more personalized experience. We saw turtles, birds, and both adult and baby alligators. The scenery was beautiful, and the kayaks were easy to use. I would definitely go back next time I’m in Kissimmee!
Fun Tour
William_D, Dec 2023
Great tour, Tia was very friendly and knowledgeable. Saw lots of cool wildlife and had a great time.
Many thanks to our guide,...
Paula_N, Nov 2023
Many thanks to our guide, Ryan, who made it an informative and enjoyable experience! Especially comforting for a first timer!
Great nature experience within Orlando.
Tamara_I, Nov 2023
Fantastic trip to see alligators, birds, snakes in a gorgeous setting right near Orlando. Our guide Tia was FANTASTIC—friendly, energetic and knowledgeable.
A 3 hour tour that you won’t want to end.
Heather_R, Oct 2023
My sister and I took a 3 hour kayak tour. We saw birds, turtles, fish & even got to hold a snake. The highlight of the trip was getting to visit an Alligator Nursery, Momma was out sunning herself. While I was taking a picture of her, one of her babies swam out from under our guides kayak. It was so exciting!!! Our Guide was extremely knowledgeable and he was so helpful to the Kayakers that had less knowledge than others! It may seem like an expensive excursion, but PLEASE DONT let $ stop you! It is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.

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