Looking for things to do near Ormond, Daytona or New Smyrna Beach, Florida? Just a few miles away you can paddle with the Manatees, kayak the swamps of Blackwater Lake, relax on the Wekiva River or run the fast waters of Emerald Cut. If you want to break on through to the other side with a premier outfitter call Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc at 352-589-7899 or email us. We offer several excellent kayaking opportunities. Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor, you'll experience the back waters that Ormond, Daytona and New Smyrna Beach have to offer. As Native Floridians, this is where we grew up playing and with Southern Hospitality we're here to help you create
Your Daytona Beach Kayak Tour!


St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City)
Now a paradise for wildlife, this historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. Being close to Daytona Beach makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
St Johns River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)


Winter Manatee Tour (Nov - Mar Orange City) 

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! Just outside of Daytona Beach, this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Winter Manatee I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)


Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis)

Paddle through an enchanted 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. Less than an hour from Daytona, this is a 2-3 hour treat.

Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)


Rock Springs Run (Apopka)

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 Daytona also makes this a great 2-3 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)


Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka)

This 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. This is an awesome 2-3 or 4-5 hour Daytona Beach Kayaking Tour!

Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours)


Wekiva River (Sanford)

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. This Daytona Beach kayaking tour is straight up I-4 and we are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour here.

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Wekiva River II $89.00 (4-5 hours)



Silver River (Silver Springs)
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft 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. If you are staying in Daytona Beach and want to experience one of the most beautiful rivers in Central Florida this is an unforgettable 4-5 hour tour or go for the full day, it's an extraordinary 6-7 hour paddle.

Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $89.00 (4-5 hours)
Silver River II $129.00 (6-7 hours)


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.

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This is a watercolor by Donna Rutlin from a photo of her tour in March 2010.

Yaking the beautiful Silver River April 9, 2015







There was lots going on today on the Silver River. We made our way up stream paddling next to 4 ft tall Cypress Knees and got to see some Banded Water Snakes and even a Green Snake that was out sunning. There were a few Alligators out along the river bank with a slew of Turtles and we found 2 sets of Limpkin chicks with about 6 adults. What a cool cry they make staying in touch with each other. We heard many Prothonotary Warblers so we know they have made their way South now. A troop of Rhesus Macaques met us on our way down stream and as we glided by they watched us watching them ;-).

Spring Break on the River March 18, 2015









Clear water paddling on Rock Springs Run; warm weather and clear skies made for the perfect cool down dip in the water. The Swallow-tailed Kites were skimming over the tree tops and the Great Egrets and White Ibis were out feeding. The Spider Lilies are blooming and the Convict Caterpillars are feeding on their leaves. What an awesome Spring day in Florida!

Taking the Family on a Florida kayak tour March 1, 2015





Chris and Jessica from CO brought their family out for a Central Florida nature adventure and from the smiles on the boy's faces we think they were please with the wildlife finds. A pair of Bald Eagles, a few Osprey, Anhingas and Red-shouldered Hawks started off the day and then we found the Manatees out feeding around the spring. Throw in a Gator, some sunning Turtles and a Barred Owl sounding off overhead and it was a really good day to be on the river!

Paddling Blackwater Lake with the Cypress Trees January 27, 2015








As we meandered up Blackwater Creek this morning the Pileated Woodpecker's call echoed across the Swamp and a Red-shouldered Hawk flew from his perch as we paddled by. There are dozens of ancient Giant Cypress stumps still standing as they have for the last 100 years with Maple Trees and Cabbage Palms growing from their hollowed out bodies. It's Spring out here according to the Red Maples and Elms, they are full of new leaves. Out on Lake Norris the old Cypress are still asleep, gray and weathered full of Air Plants both Bartrams and Quill Leaf. We got to see an Opsrey and a young Bald Eagle but their nests are abundant. While the blizzard is brewing up North we're paddling in the Florida sunshine!

Kayaking Volusia County's St Johns River Jan 6, 2015










Perfect FL weather was ordered up for us on the St Johns River today. We saw a few Gators out sunning and one was a real whopper. There were lots of Turtles catching the rays as well. We got to see a pair of Bald Eagles along with the Wood Storks, Anhingas and Cormorants, Little and Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets and Snowys just to name a few and the Barred Owl is still hiding back in Snake Creek. It's a great place to spend the morning paddling with family and friends!

Paddling in the Florida Sunshine December 14, 2014












Scott and Joan, celebrating their 20th anniversary, came down from MN for a little wildlife adventure. Heading off to paddle the St Johns with the Manatees we eyed a pair of Bald Eagles looking down at us from the tallest of the Oak trees. There were several Manatees in the Spring Run and we had quite a few swim right under our kayaks. There's not many places in the world where you can have this kind of wildlife encounter and the Manatees are just so cool to watch. Toward Snake Creek we had a North American River Otter swim no more than 8 feet away from us, he was on a mission ;-) and out in the back waters we found 2 Barred Owls taking a siesta. The Great and Little Blue Herons were out fishing while the Black and Turkey Vultures were copping thermals high above. The Red-shouldered Hawks were calling to each other, we eyeballed a few Gators and the Turtles were out sunning too. The water was calm and the Sun was warm. It was a Home Run day to be on the river celebrating a Happy Anniversary!!