Manatee Discovery Kayak Tour for Small Groups near Orlando

Badge of ExcellenceOrange City, United States
Manatee Discovery Tour
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The calm waters of Blue Springs State Park are home to hundreds of manatees and this small-group kayaking tour feels like your own invitation into their world. Paddle your way through the waters fed by a crystal clear natural spring and learn all about the area from your tour guide. In the winter, you’ll find manatees while summer tours head to the spring for a refreshing swim. Kayaks are included.
  • See hundreds of manatees when you visit in the winter months
  • A certified kayak guide will provide you with a kayak and intimate tour
  • Discover an abundant wildlife habitat, home to alligators and turtles
  • This tour has an alternative swimming activity during summer months

What's Included

  • Top-of-the-line kayak gear (kayak, paddle, PFD)
  • A professional medically trained certified kayak guide
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, and informative as you like
  • Snacks

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Blue Spring State Park: French Landing Boat Ramp
      2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763, USA

      Please follow the signs directing you to Blue Spring State Park. Instead of entering the park, continue on the dirt road for approximately 1 mile until you reach the boat ramp. This is where the guide will meet you.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • It is recommended you wear quick dry clothes and water/river shoes
    • We recommend you bring a swim suit, warm wool or fleece top (winter), waterproof rain jacket or poncho, sun protection (sunhat, sunglasses, sun screen), a camera, and a towel to dry off afterwards.
    • There is no restroom at the meeting location. The last public restroom is at Valentine Park (1511 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763) about a mile before you arrive the meeting location. We recommend you stop there before your tour.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

    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
    The manatee discovery experience was fantastic. The instructor's kindness made the day enjoyable, their knowledge about manatees was impressive, and their explanations were clear and engaging. Highly recommend for a memorable and educational adventure!


    63 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    Great experience
    Ulrike_D, Feb 2024
    Astrid is an excellent guide making this and unforgettable trip! Excellent value for money, time worth spent! Don't forget to visit the walkabout inside the park!
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Thank you, Ulrike, for your glowing review and recommendation! We're delighted that our guide provided an unforgettable experience, and we're thrilled to hear you found it excellent value for money!
    Astrid was amazing. She...
    Melissa_R, Feb 2024
    Astrid was amazing. She answered questions and took her time to explain the wildlife. It was amazing seeing the manatees and gators.
    Response from Host, Feb 2024
    Thank you, Melissa! We're thrilled to hear that you had an amazing experience, and we're glad you enjoyed learning about the wildlife while spotting manatees and gators—hope to see you again soon!
    Great tour!
    Ashlee_F, Jan 2024
    We had some amazing weather and Astrid made sure we had plenty of time at the entrance to the springs to see the manatees! She was very knowledgeable and made sure we were able to view a variety of wildlife. We loved our experience on the water and will definitely be recommending it to our friends at home!
    Response from Host, Jan 2024
    Ashlee, we're thrilled that you had an amazing experience, enjoying the weather and the abundance of wildlife, and we sincerely appreciate your recommendation to your friends—thank you for choosing Venture Outdoors!
    Best kayaking adventure to see manatees!
    Sara_G, Jan 2024
    We saw tons of Florida wildlife! We have been on many kayaking adventures as a family and this was one of our favorites. The manatees literally swim right up to the kayaks. Astrid was amazing! So knowledgeable and friendly! We would definitely do this again to take friends along with us!
    Response from Host, Jan 2024
    We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the abundance of Florida wildlife and that your guide's knowledge and friendliness made it one of your favorite family kayaking adventures – we look forward to welcoming you and your friends again!
    Great trip
    carol_j, Dec 2023
    Lots of manatee sitings in addition to alligators and many bird species. 2 hours would have been perfect
    Response from Host, Dec 2023
    We're delighted to hear about your abundant manatee sightings, encounters with alligators, and diverse bird species during the tour, and we appreciate your feedback on the duration—thank you for choosing our experience!
    Confusing Directions
    Amy_C, Dec 2023
    Hello, We did not have a great time. The directions were not clear. We arrived at the given address at 9:04am for our 9:00 tour. After asking multiple people, we arrived at our launching doc to find no one there. It was very disappointing to say the least. I have requested a refund due to the confusion and I have not yet received a response. Sincerely, Amy Cogan
    Response from Host, Dec 2023
    Dear Amy, We sincerely apologize for the confusion and the inconvenience you experienced. Our instructions clearly indicate not to enter the park but to follow the dirt road to the end. We made an attempt to contact you five minutes before the tour, but unfortunately, the provided phone number was out of service, and we did not receive any attempt to reach out from your end. Regrettably, we were unable to reach you, and in the interest of accommodating our other guests who had arrived on time, we had to proceed with the tour after a 15-minute wait at the launch site. Despite the circumstances, a refund for your booking has been processed by Viator. Best regards, Venture Outdoors
    Sun_S, Dec 2023
    The manatee discovery experience was fantastic. The instructor's kindness made the day enjoyable, their knowledge about manatees was impressive, and their explanations were clear and engaging. Highly recommend for a memorable and educational adventure!
    Response from Host, Dec 2023
    We're thrilled to hear that your manatee discovery experience was fantastic, and we greatly appreciate your kind words about our guide's knowledge and engaging explanations—thank you for the high recommendation, and we look forward to hosting you on more memorable and educational adventures!
    Very fun experience
    Tanya_G, Jul 2023
    Very fun loved going to see the spring water was kind of cold but definitely felt nice, would suggest extra sunscreen though
    Ntando_W, Jun 2023
    We really enjoyed ourselves. It was the best kayak tour. Lunch was awesome. The tour guide was super 👌 nice. I would do it again.
    Response from Host, Jul 2023
    Thanks for the 5-star review. You made our day! We look forward to making your day again real soon.
    Great experience and...
    Kimberly_P, May 2022
    Great experience and plenty of wildlife to see! We saw manatees, turtles, alligators and countless fish and birds. Our tour guide was very well experienced, patient and friendly.
    Response from Host, May 2022
    We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with us, Kimberly. We are so very pleased to hear you had a great time and hope to see you again soon!
    Tammy_H, Mar 2022
    Fun experience! Our tour guide was friendly, nice, helpful and we really enjoyed our time! Saw so much wild life!
    Response from Host, Mar 2022
    Thanks for the kind words, Tammy. We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we're happy to hear wit hit the mark with you. Come back and see us soon!

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