Choose Your Daytona Beach Kayak Tour!
Paddle with the Manatees, relax on the Spring Run, kayak the swamps of Blackwater Lake or run the fast waters of Emerald Cut. We offer guided kayak tours on several rivers local to Daytona Beach. Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc 352-589-7899, book online or email us.

St. Johns River & Blue Springs  

"Its crystal clear water, you can see turtles and fish swimming under your yak." A paradise for wildlife this historic river was once the highway for commerce bringing goods to the Central Florida area by paddle wheel boat. Being close to Daytona Beach makes this tour a favorite! It's a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour. 

Here during the Winter? The spring run is closed for the Manatees so you'll want to 
Book the Winter Manatee tour below. 

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
St Johns River I $64.00 (2-3 hours) 

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St Johns River II $94.00 (4-5 hours) 
Click here to learn more & book your St Johns II tour

Winter Manatee Tour (Winter Months Only) 
Winter makes Florida a truly magical place and the Manatees come inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of the springs. If you have never experienced this gentle giant 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 $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $94.00 (4-5 hours)

 Spruce Creek 

Spruce Creek is located 15 minutes from Daytona Beach and paddling here is like taking a step back in history. This is a slow moving, time to chill, no experience necessary kind of river and it's the Summertime refuge for the Manatees. The ancient Cypress Trees coated in Spanish Moss and tall Cabbage Palms are reminiscent of old Florida. See the Red-bellied Turtles basking in the sun and Great Egrets fishing as you paddle toward the saltwater marsh and tall banks of the Indian Mound. This 2-3 hour kayak trip on Spruce Creek is a great way to kick off your day!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Spruce Creek $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Tap here to book your Spruce Creek kayaking excursion 

Blackwater Lake
Paddle through the enchanted blackwater forest and old Florida swamp to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress Trees that are hundreds of years old. Less than an hour from Daytona, Blackwater Lake is a 2-3 hour treat.
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary 
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Rock Springs Run Fun
This river meanders through Cabbage Palm forests, Live Oak hammocks as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. It's a great place to cool off in the summer. Being close to Daytona makes this an awesome 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)

Extreme Emerald Cut 
Kayaking on some of Central Florida's fastest water is a ton of fun! Paddle upstream to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back to the bottom. Along with some great wildlife viewing, this is an epic 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) 

Click here to kayak the Emerald Cut I tour
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours) 

Click here to take a tour of Emerald Cut II

Wekiva River 
These slow moving waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, birds, fish and other wildlife. If you're looking for a nature filled, lazy river paddling trip this is for you. For this Daytona Beach kayaking tour we are able to make it a 2-3 or 
4-5 hour trip.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary 
Wekiva River I $64.00 (2-3 hours) 

Click here for your Wekiva River tour
Wekiva River II $94.00 (4-5 hours) 
Click here for the longer tour of the Wekiva River

Silver River 
 Silver Springs which creates the Silver River is boardered by state park and it's exceptionally scenic! You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but as a first magnitude spring it 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 2. 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.
Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $94.00 (4-5 hours)
Click here to kayak the beautiful Silver River tour
        
All of our Daytona Beach area guided kayak tours are booked by reservation and we can accommodate ages 5 and above.


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

Spring Break 2017! Paddling with the Manatees of Daytona





New to the Daytona area and wanting to get out for a little Spring Break action Starla decided Spruce Creek would be a good place to start. As we padded along next to the ancient Cypress Trees with the Florida blue sky in the back drop… here comes a Manatee! The Red-Shouldered Hawk was cooking up some breakfast in the Giant Leather Fern as we paddled by and the Great Blue Heron was on the move too. Further on we got to see 3 more Manatees and a Pileated Woodpecker. Hanging out with Mother Nature; what a great way to spend the morning.

Mother Nature was shining today!












It was as if the wildlife wanted to be seen this morning on the St Johns River. All the regulars waders were out but the harder to find birds really showed themselves today. We could hear the Barred Owl hooting off in the distance, saw Bald Eagles and Ospreys but Purple Gallinules, Limpkins and Tri-colored Herons we saw close up. We found the big Gator sitting on the river bank and had 11 Wild Turkeys fly across the river just in front of us. The Manatee are moving about the river now that things have warmed up but one did manage to find us and love on our kayaks for a bit. Watching this interaction we sat in awe!  

An awesome adventure kayaking with the Manatees and Wildlife of Central Florida Jan. 2017



















The St Johns River was a hoping place this morning. Everywhere you look there is wildlife! The Great Blue Herons are starting their mating ritual sitting on their nests all fluffed up with their bills pointing skyward. The wading birds were out along with some special ones such as Limpkins, American Bitterns, Sandhill Cranes, Purple Gallinules and Bald Eagles. There were dozens of Manatees up in the sanctuary this morning. A few came over and gave us a closer look - what a gentle creature they are and it’s a special time when they interact with us. In the swamps of Snake Creek we found lots of young Alligators and Turtles sunning. We got to see a Momma Gator carrying her babies on her back so we gave her lots of space. One day before a cold front that was moving southward it was good timing to be on the river. Great weather and great paddling buddies always make for a great day!

This is a video of what the river looked like first thing this morning!

Kayaking the beautiful St Johns River Dec. 7, 2016







All the way from ND Landa and Arla looked us up for their first kayaking expedition and they took right to it! The St Johns River with all its wildlife is ideal for some laid back paddling. The Manatees were feeding at the weed line, Bald Eagle sitting in the highest Cypress Tree, Gators and Turtles sunning themselves and about a half dozen Limpkins were flying about carrying on with each other. The White Ibis could be seen decorating the winterized trees and from the foggy morning to the pure Florida sunshine the wading birds colored the river. It was the perfect day for paddling!