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) 

Click here to learn more & book your St Johns I tour
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.

Graeme's Daytona Beach Kayak Tours

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc
Graeme is our friend from the UK. Every few years he comes across the pond for a holiday and doing some kayaking while staying in Daytona Beach is usually on the adjenda. This year we decided to paddle 3 trips; Spruce Creek (15 minutes from Daytona Beach), the Wekiva River II (45 minutes from Daytona Beach) and Silver River (1.5 hours from Daytona Beach but so worth it). Each of these kayak tours offers completely different scenery and different wildlife to view. This is the view from Graeme's camera lens. Thanks for sharing your pics with us Graeme! 

A Kayaking Safari Central Florida Style

With a false Spring going on it was 85 degrees and sunny. The Great Blue Herons are building their nests preparing for their young. The Limpkins are raising theirs and the rest of the birds are getting silly pairing up. Great and Snowy Egrets are wearing their breeding plumage too. The turtles took advantage of the sunshine and climbed out on the logs and the Gators were doing their thing. Pink-eyed Pete showed up and swam across the river in front of us. He's a big ole boy so that gave us a nice thrill. The Osprey was flying overhead looking for fish to catch while the Bald Eagle was our sentinel of the day. It was a beautiful morning to be kayaking the St Johns River.

Celebrating Christmas with the wildlife of Central Florida

One of the best things about being on the river is its ever-changing. One of the best things about the holidays is being able to celebrate with friends and family! Today we had an awesome time paddling together. We saw a few rarities such as the Glossy Ibis that graced us with his presence and we got to see Wild Turkeys fly from one side of the river to the other. The Limpkins are calling to each other now that their chicks have arrived which is the classic sound track of the St Johns in Winter. We saw a few Gators out sunning and watched one swim across the river as we paddled by. Then the Manatees came out to play with us. The Burr Marigold is throwing shades of yellow and that beautiful blue Florida sky was with us all day long.   

One of our favorite Daytona Beach Kayak Tours








One of our favorite Daytona Beach kayak tours is the St Johns River. This magical river boasts tons of wildlife and all the antics they bring with them. Some of the best movies we’ve ever seen were produced by Mother Nature. The Manatees were out feeding and we watched a Bald Eagle try to steal the Cormorant’s fresh catch of the day. The Gators were lounging around on the river bank and the Cattle Egrets were hanging out there too. We found a pair of Limpkins showing their newborns how to survive and thrive. Then the illusive Bittern showed up, what a nice surprise! The clouds dancing in the sky were absolutely beautiful and the yellow bur marigolds added a splash of color. It was a fantastic day to be on the St Johns River… one of our all-time favorite Daytona Beach kayak tours. #KayakingWithKenny #BirdingWithKenny

Kayaking near Daytona Beach: The Manatees are In!!

Kayaking near Daytona Central Florida Nature Adventures

Kayaking near Daytona Central Florida Nature Adventures

Kayaking near Daytona Central Florida Nature Adventures

Kayaking near Daytona Central Florida Nature Adventures
While kayaking near Daytona yesterday we followed the Manatees down the St Johns River. They are heading into Blue Springs now getting ready for the cooler weather. We also noticed the Wood Storks are returning to their old haunt to nest again. The Red-bellied Turtles were out sunning and we had encounters with Great Blue and Little Blue Herons, Limpkins and even got to see the Purple Gallinules. It was a great day to be kayaking near Daytona and watching the wildlife!

Kayaking near Daytona Beach

Spruce Creek was the place for a kayaking tour today! The weather was beautiful… even the Softshell Turtle thinks so. The River Cooter Turtles were showing off for Peggy and Julie playing piggy back and at 80 degrees with a cool breeze who could ask for more! #KayakingWithKenny