Just a few miles from Daytona, Ormond and New Smyrna Beach, Florida 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 paddle with a premier outfitter call Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc at 352-589-7899 or email us. We offer guided kayak tours on several different local rivers.

All of our tours are led by our lead guide Kenny Boyd and rated "Excellent" on TripAdvisor. You'll experience the back waters that the Daytona Beach area has 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!

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St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL) 
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. 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)

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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, 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)

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Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL) 
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, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $59.00 (2-3 hours)

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Rock Springs Run (Apopka, FL) 
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)

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Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka, FL) 
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. The longer 4-5 hour run is a combo tour of the mellow trip past the old Florida Cracker houses to the savannah and the fast waters of Emerald Cut. Along with some wildlife viewing 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)

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Wekiva River (Sanford, FL) 
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 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)

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Silver River (Silver Springs, FL) 
Exceptionally scenic! Silver Springs which creates the Silver River is the second largest spring in Florida. 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. 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 near Daytona or the beaches 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)

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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.

Kayaking with Manatees is Awesome!

With it's back waters and spring fed run, the St Johns River is always a great place to kayak. This morning we did a little poking around some weed lines and running along in the shaded flood plain swamps. With the sun getting higher in the sky and the heat coming on we headed to the spring run. The clear cool water there and the shade of the big Live Oaks is a welcome sight. In the run the fish were really stacked up; Longnose Gar, Mullet, Tilapia, Catfish, Pan fish and a 3 foot long Grass Carp. On our way back down we spotted a mother Manatee with a new born calf resting on the river bottom. We sat and observed them for a time watching as they would come up for a breathe and then sink slowly down to the river bottom again. There were a few Great Blue and Little Blue Herons with the Anhingas and Cormorants. An Osprey was overhead looking for a fish dinner and we spotted a Gator or 2. A great day on the water it was!

Near the Orlando area, the Wekiva River is a beautiful place to kayak - July 13, 2015

Alfredo and Maria from Venezuela and Marc from VT came out this morning for some Wekiva River fun in the sun and we saw lots of good thing going on. A Green Heron sitting motionless on a branch lit off as we approached with his neck out, mohawk up and that distinctive call. The Great Blue and Tri-colored Herons were around the river's edge and the Great Egrets were feeding in the floating mats of vegetation. The Limpkins and Little Blue Herons were also out finding morsels for breakfast. There were several Turtles out sunning and we got to see a few Gators too. The Osprey and Red-shouldered Hawks were spotted doing their thing and the river is at the perfect height for paddling. It's a beautiful time of year to be out on the water and the Lower Wekiva River is a beautiful place to spend the morning.

With a 6 ft Gator under our kayaks June 11, 2015

We had a 6 ft Gator under our kayaks up Blue Springs Run this morning. We didn't notice it at first with all the fish swimming about. There were Longnose Gar, Spotted Gar, Tilapia, Mullet, Catfish, Bream and then we saw the Gator about 8 ft below us and you could see it perfectly. He was just laying there like a log. The Green Herons have come out again and the juveniles are looking more and more like the adults. Later in the back bays we saw Limpkins, a Purple Gallinule with a chick, Little Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets and Great Blues too. We got to see 2 Barred Owls and one just could not take his eyes of a particular spot. He never moved as we passed by him. The overcast skies made for an great day and the wildlife made for a cool paddle.

Kayak paddlers paradise, the springs of the St Johns River May 11, 2015

A Great Egret is motionless standing in the Mild Water-pepper just waiting for his prey to move. The Great Blue Herons are flying overhead sounding like, what we can only imagine, Pterodactyls would. The Gators are puffed up showing their size to each other as we glide by at a comfortable distance - they are looking for a mate. Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Red-shouldered Hawks are all out and about copping thermals. This and so much more can be found on the St Johns River in the spring time. As we paddled up into the springs we could see the bubbles from the divers in the cave below and the fish swimming under our kayaks, it's an amazing sight. The back bays and oxbows have the feel of a Little Amazon with their tall Alligator Flag plants. It's what we call a paddlers paradise.

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 ;-).