Looking for things to do while visiting Ormond, Daytona or New Smyrna Beach, Florida? If you want to break on through to the other side there are several excellent kayaking opportunities. 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. With Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc 352-589-7899 or email us you'll experience the back waters that Ormond, Daytona and New Smyrna Beach has to offer with Native Floridians. This is where we grew up playing and we're here to help you create Your Daytona Beach Kayak Tour!


St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City)
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)


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.

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!!

The Manatees and the St Johns River with a twist!




Coming from Sarasota and staying in Mt Dora, John and Cathie decided a tour of the St Johns River was in order. November 20th, 2014 and the river had a lot to share with us today. There are dozens of Manatees coming and going and I think we saw the worlds largest today with 4 others following it. It had to have been over 13 feet! We also got to see this 10 ft Alligator chase a 7 footer right out of the spring run. Out in the back woods we got to see a Snowy Egret standing on top of a Manatee feeding. Cool stuff it is to watch Mother Nature at work. There are lots of birds out too. Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Little Blues and White Ibis, Anhingas, Limpkins, Red-shouldered Hawks and even a Black-crowned Night Heron. It was an action packed day to say the least!

From Daytona Beach, FL or New York State Silver River rocks!


The Curious Fishing Spider







October 19th 2014 was a perfect paddling day on the Silver River. There were dozens of White Ibis flying overhead and the Red Maple Trees ablaze with Fall colors it stunning. The Anhingas are starting to find each other for the Winter season and the Kingfishers, Phoebes and Grebes are all here from up North. Tri-colored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Moorhens and Green Herons were all out doing their thing too. With the cool night the Turtles all made it out to sun on the logs and some logs had 10 or more! At the lunch stop the big Snapping Turtle showed off for us and we couldn't have asked for a better day to be kayaking the Silver River!

Kayaking near Daytona Beach October 14, 2014






Today we had the group from Orange Blossom Tours come up from Sebring to paddle with us. The rivers are high and that makes for some great exploring. The Little Blue and Great Blue Herons, White Ibis, Great Egrets, Limpkins and Osprey were all out fishing. Fall is showing itself in the Red Maple Trees and the sky... well it was that beautiful Florida blue. Great friends, great weather and a great time on the river!

Kayaking in Florida Emerald Cut Style









Dan saw a billboard on the way to FL from MI and said "we need to do some kayaking!" Down for his wedding it was time to take the boys on a little Florida Backwater Adventure. On the main run the logs were full of Turtles sunning and then it was time to head toward the jumpin' tree. After a dip in the river and a few launches off the tree Emerald Cut was on the agenda next. To the delight of all the others, Dan was the one to be baptized by Emerald Cut's current today ;-). It was great weather and a great day to be on the river!    

Kayaking with the Manatees near Daytona Beach, FL




Kayaking with the Manatees is the coolest thing since sliced bread. These gentle curious creatures come swimming slowly by your kayak as if they are saying Hello. The excitement that you feel when one starts to approach is exhilarating. If you haven't had a chance to paddle with the Manatees, now is the time!!