Paddle with the Manatees, kayak the swamps of Blackwater Lake, relax on the Wekiva River or run the fast waters of Emerald Cut. Rated "Excellent" on TripAdvisor we offer guided kayak tours on several local rivers. Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc at 352-589-7899 or email us.

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St. Johns River/Blue Springs (Orange City, FL) 
This historic river was once the highway for commerce bringing goods to the Central Florida area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few Florida rivers flowing North, several springs join in to create estuaries for all different kinds of fish. As you paddle over the clear waters of the spring run, it's like kayaking on top of an aquarium created by none other than Mother Nature herself. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bream and many other 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 makes Florida is a truly magical place. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful 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 $59.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $89.00 (4-5 hours)
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Extreme Blackwater Lake (Eustis, FL) 
Paddle through the enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress Trees that are hundreds of years old. These weathered trees tell the story of this ancient swampland. 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 Cabbage Palm 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 more mellow Rock Springs Run trip 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 in this area. 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. 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 $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.
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This is a watercolor by Donna Rutlin from a photo of her tour in March 2010.

From The Beaches to paddling Blackwater Lake, life is good!

Blackwater Creek is all green now with new spring leaves and on the lake the Cypress Trees are starting to pop with new greenery too. The Air Plants are in full bloom, their red stalks reaching toward the sun. The Ospreys are nesting right over top of our heads and it’s a beautiful sight to see them work together to build their homes. We saw Little Blue Herons in the white and blue phases, a few White Ibis, two Limpkins showed up and the Great Egret in her breeding plumage is a sight to see. Spring is definitely here and it’s a great time of year to be paddling Blackwater Lake.

Kayaking near Altamonte Springs, FL Jan 2016

Peggy took a second tour with us this week and Rock Springs Run I was the choice of the day. The wildlife was out playing as were we and the Limpkin was the bird of the day. We watched a pair of River Otters swimming around looking for breakfast and several Turtles were out sunning too. We came upon a small Alligator catching some rays, the White Ibis hanging around in the trees and the sun on our faces felt great. The sky was that beautiful “Winter in Florida” blue and it was fantastic being able to blend with the wildlife.  

Mother Nature and the Silver River

Mother Nature was showing off on the Silver River today! Littles Blue Herons both 1st year white and blue adults were hanging out as well as Green Herons clucking up and down the river. Limpkins were poking around for Apple Snails, Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, Black Crowned Night Herons were all just feet away from each other. A hundred or so White Ibis were beating down the weeds as 10 Great Egrets stood by waiting for something to come running out of the herd. There were 14 Wood Storks resting the afternoon away up in the Cypress Trees. As we headed downstream the Turtles were out in full force sunning on every available log and a troop or Rhesus Macaque Monkeys greeted us also. They are the only free range monkeys in North America – Silver River’s world famous monkeys! The sky was blue, the weather gorgeous and you just couldn’t have asked for a better time to be on the river.