Wekiva River Kayak Tour: Breathtaking Florida Wildlife Exploration
183 Ratings
Embark on a breathtaking kayak tour along the Wekiva River, just minutes from Orlando. Explore the stunning Florida wildlife and observe alligators, black bears, manatees, and wading birds in their natural habitat. Enjoy a riverside picnic lunch.
Duration: 4 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Florida - Paddle the National Wild and Scenic Wekiva River. Observe manatee, alligators, otter, and the occasional black bear. Enjoy a riverside picnic lunch and a shuttle at the end of the day so you do not have to paddle upstream
What's Included
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
What's Not Included
  • Parking fee - $3
Additional Information

Situated just a brief drive away from Orlando, this is arguably the most picturesque kayaking experience you can get in the heart of Florida. Create unforgettable memories paddling through transparent waters, sand pine scrubs, hammocks, pine flatwoods, and dark water swamps. Take advantage of an unparalleled opportunity to safely watch Alligators, elusive Black Bears, Manatees, and a variety of wading birds, all undisturbed in their natural habitats, all from your kayak. We also offer a light and refreshing riverside lunch picnic-style.

  • There is no minimum age, however all participants must know how to swim
  • It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit, towel, waterproof camera and wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty
Enter Katies Landing, pay the $3. parking and retain your stub. Park by the restrooms and walk down to the river.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(183 Ratings)
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May 19, 2024
AWESOME! - Greg and Tim were awesome!!! Super personable and full of knowledge. The river was beautiful and peaceful! This was an absolute pleasure!
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Mar 30, 2024
Best antidote to a theme park! - We were in Florida for spring break with our teenage son. The kayaking trip was a very welcome break from the crowds and parks. Our guide Sue was outstanding, and we learned a ton of area history and natural science from her. We are all seasoned paddlers and Sue adapted the trip to our skill level. We wouldn’t hesitate to take another tour with her! Thanks!!!!
Review provided by Viator
Mar 7, 2024
Two thumbs up for Adventures in Florida. - Highly recommend the Wekiva river paddle! It’s just the thing if you want to escape the craziness of Orlando and experience a more natural Florida. Our guide Bill was an expert on the flora and fauna and took us on a leisurely paddle while gently pointing out interesting bits along the way. This is a do not miss alternative activity! Marilyn from Iowa
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Feb 23, 2024
Nature at its best! - Outstanding! We are experienced paddlers and were very impressed with the beauty and serenity of Wekiva River. There was an abundance of wildlife. My husband and I were freaking out about the alligators. Bill, our tour guide was amazing. He is so knowledgeable and calm. Bill gave us so much information during our trip. Alligators are not interested in us. We saw a lot of the sunning themselves, one actually crossed the river while we’re kayaking. After we completed our trip we had a wonderful lunch, decadent, salami and cheese and homemade cookies. There was humus and carrots if you wanted to be healthy. Definitely worth going on this adventure. Ask for Bill.
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Dec 6, 2023
A must do - What a day!! My partner and myself had the best day with Sue. The weather was perfect, the river was gorgeous, the wild life just wow and the whole experience was perfect. Never done this before, and I'll most definitely be coming back. Sue made this experience so interesting and fun. We can't thank you enough. Also thank you for the jaffa cakes lol Xxx
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Nov 16, 2023
It’s was a beautiful... - It’s was a beautiful trip. Weather was wonderful and we had a great guide. Very informative with area and habitat.
Review provided by Viator
Sep 19, 2023
Relaxing River Tour - We took a guided tour with Bill through the Wekiva River. It was a perfect start to my birthday celebration. We enjoyed the River, sun and all of Florida's creatures.
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Aug 30, 2023
Great kayaking trip! - This was a great excursion! We saw at least 8 alligators and alot of other wildlife. Unfortunately didn't get to see a manatee, but that's just luck of the draw. Note that the tour says 9am-1pm, but we were on the water until at least 2pm, and it was hot! But apparently we had a headwind slowing us down. Gina was our guide and she was great. I recommend this tour for anyone who wants to experience a beautiful Florida river.
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May 4, 2024
Lots of nature, peace and quiet and a well-experienced guide! Nature lover, what more could you want? - There were only two of us with our guide. He explained everything to us about the birds and animals that we could see. Unfortunately, we didn't see all the animals that we expected, but it was very quiet and full of exciting nature. We only managed a short stretch, we weren't particularly fast, but it was very nice to look!
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Nov 13, 2023
Exactly what we were hoping for; four hours of Florida’s, unique, natural beauty - Such a beautiful, tranquil way to start our time in Florida! Jimi was so knowledgeable and easy going. We were in awe of the diversity of plants and birds. A highlight was seeing a tiny, baby soft shell turtle. we came away with a deeper appreciation for an ecosystem, completely different from anything we would see at home in Wyoming.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024