All laws regarding manatee interactions are followed. Please bring sun protection, clothes that can get wet, and tips for your guide.
Blue Springs State Park Manatee Kayak Encounter
See hundreds of manatees on a guided kayaking tour through a park full of these slow-loving swimmers. Follow your naturalist guide as you learn about all sorts of local Florida species that call this state park home.
What You Will Do
- Pick up a paddle to explore Blue Springs State Park, which has one of the largest populations of manatees in the state
- Stroll along a spring to glimpse these graceful creatures gliding through crystal-clear waters
- Learn all about the flora and fauna of Central Florida from a knowledgable naturalist, who's there to answer all your questions
- Glide over gentle waters as you bask in the warm Florida sun and immerse yourself in this natural paradise
- Guided kayaking tour
- All required equipment
- Park entrance fees
We refund 100% for all cancellations made more than 24 hours out.
- 103 Ratings
Jeff was great! We really had an amazing amazing experience. This was definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
Todd was a great tour for the Manatee encounter . He spotted all the alligators through the trip . He was funny , very knowledgable, and made the trip very relaxed . I would recommend any of the adventures offered with this company if Todd is a representative , it could only be a success . Will do another myself in the future.
- Wilfredo and Jackie
We really liked our guide Jeff. He was very informative. We stayed out 3 hours and it was the right amount of time. Loved seeing the manatees, gators and turtles. Would defiantly recommend this tour to other people.
My son and I were looking for something outside of the Orlando theme parks. We both enjoy kayaking, so we searched for a good kayak tour and found this one. It is a 3 hour kayak in Blue Spring State Park, which is an hour and a half drive from Orlando. We thought we'd give it a shot. From the moment we got to the ramp in the park to the time we finished, this was 5 stars.Jeff, our guide, was fabulous. His knowledge of not just the animals, reptiles and birds, but the area and the "ecosystem", was remarkable. Because it was just two kayaks, I think we got a little special trip. But we saw everything. And all of it up close. It was truly a wonderful morning. We'd love to join you again on our next visit. Thank you.
Great Tour! Highly recommended. Ask for Todd as your guide.
Beautiful location friendly and knowledge able guide
The Encounter was amazing. Jeff, our guide, was informative, fun, relaxed, and had many stories to tell! The customer service was A+. Better than any of the theme parks. Well worth it.
We really enjoyed the Manatee Encounter tour. It was the hilite of our vacation and Todd was an outstanding guide. We saw birds and animals we had never seen in the wild before - seeing them in their natural habitat was a very cool experience. Blue Springs State Park is an awesome environment as well. It made for a perfect and memorable day.
We had booked the Manatee 3hr tour and the adventure was terrific. Jeff, our guide, was extremely qualified, friendly and very accommodating for me and my two boys. We not only saw Manatees, but crocodiles, turtles, and fowl. Would recommend this trip to everyone. Quite the adventure.
Our tour guide Todd was very informative and knew what he was doing. Had a great time!
We had a great guide and an overall wonderful experience. However, I was very concerned that there was not an appropriate life vest for my 9 year old. I listened all info in the registration information and when we arrived the only life vests available where adult l/XL and had a minimum weight rating of 90 pounds. My child is no where near 90 pounds. Both my children are competitive swimmers and there were enough adults present that I let her go out but had she gone in, I think it is very likely the vest would have slipped over her head. This is a significant safety for children and a huge liability issue for the owner. I hope this feedback is helpful.
Wonderful experience with knowledge local guide. Can't beat The subterranean swamp scenery and wildlife. On our 4 hour trip we encountered manatee (lots of them!), alligators, turtles, lizards, white heron, blue heron, ergrets, vultures, tilapia, catfish, and alligator gar. Incredible!
This tour was absolutely amazing!! Definitely one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had. Our tour guide was a great guy, the manatee were everywhere and super fun to see, the rivers were gorgeous, overall it was a mind blowing adventure! Highly recommend!
enjoyable laid back way to spend the morning, tour guide was nice and of course enjoyed the scenery, including the manatees. introduced us to another side of Florida.
Brilliant Time had by all ... Thanks G,G&E
it was very pleasant trip and I was able to see many manatees. My only suggestion is that it would be nicer to have signs or direction to the meeting place or more information for driving in the reminder email because it was hard to find it. Overall it was awesome trip and I will definately come back! Thank you so much!
Both the tour operator and guide did a great job taking care of us. Our guide, Jeff, was knowledgeable, professional, easy going and fun, and worked with our group of both experienced and novice paddlers from ages 13-70. He eagerly identified all of the many different types of birds and wildlife, and while we didn't see any manatees, it was such a great birding trip that we didn't mind! I can't wait to come back and bring more family members and friends for another trip!
Our guide Jeff did a great job- very friendly and knowledgable- this tour was a highlight of our trip to Orlando
This was so much more than we were expecting! Besides a Great manatee encounter, we were engaged in a wonderful outdoor adventure where we saw many different kinds of birds, fish, turtles, and even got to see some gators. Dave our guide was a great guy who had an amazing amount of knowledge. He took the time to make sure our family was safe and had everything we needed before we left for our adventure. He even took some pictures of our family so we could all be in them. It was all my kids could talk about. I was impressed with everything. I can't wait to go back for our next adventure. Thank you! Jerry, MA
The trip was amazing. Manatees came right up to the boat. You could feel their backs resting on the bottom of the kayak. The paddle down Snake River was so incredibly peaceful. The guide was knowledgable on the wildlife, and you could really tell he loved what he did (this makes such a big difference!) We will definitely be booking with them again.
Have yet to see pics Dave took of the trip we took with him on Feb 4 (Thursday). Also we entered the Blue Springs park and paid extra and found out that was not our meeting point. I took another look at the confirmation email sent and it is not clear on the area where we were to begin our kayaking trip. However, after a phone call back to Adventures in Florida we discovered we needed to drive to another location nearby. We were early so it worked out ok. My kayak, for some reason kept my butt wet the entire time. The weather was not too cold that day so I didn't complain. Husband was completely dry. Dave was a good guide and knowledgable in identifying all of the birds. Pace was good and he didn't rush us to finish so I think this was a plus to the trip. Unfortunately, we did not experience seeing hundreds of manatees in the protected area at Blue Springs because it was warm and they do not congregate near the warmth of the springs on warm days. A mother and calf did gently glide on the bottom of the river past my kayak and I did happen so see it as we were leaving the bank on the beginning of the trip. If you want to see manatees, just know that they aren't going to be there on warm days but you will be getting some good exercise and experience other sites along the banks- birds and alligators
It was a great day. Up close with the manatees, they just nuzzled on our kayaks. Easy kayaking even for those without experience. Greg was a great guide, friendly, accommodating. Saw lot of manatees, small alligators, birds and an abundance of fish. Finally the real Florida, not an artificial theme park. Don't miss this.
Dave is an enthusiastic professional that helped my fiancee and me to understand and enjoy our trip in a way we couldn't even imagine, even though it was our first time paddling. Fully recommendable.
Started late but the tour itself was lovely. Saw very few manatees but that's not anything you all can change (unless you bring giant ice cubes to the river... that's just an idea). Thanks for a great experience.
The boating was great, safe and well guided for a mixed skill group/ family new to Florida waterways. Length of trip was fine. History and geology of the area was available self-guided, and I would have enjoyed a little more in depth about the flora and fauna. We later read a story on the front page of the Orlando paper about an alligator attack at the very spot we were at, in October of that year. Maybe Dave didn't want to scare us? What were the trees, vines? More about the birds, ibis nesting? Feeding? Guides with great enthusiasm for the natural area, and answered questions. Thanks agin for a fine trip
We had pretty high expectations for this tour since the tour we took on Wednesday, Dec. 23 was amazing. We loved the closeness to nature and learned a lot about the birds we saw. It would be beneficial to let customers know not to go into Blue Spring park. Special thanks to Dave who did his best to ensure that we were getting what we wanted out of our experience. He certainly taught us a lot about kayaking. We look forward to our next adventure!
La naturaleza es impredecible, nunca sabes si vas a ver una hermosa ave, un manatie, o un lagarto, y la vegetación al natural dé Florida, esa expectativa de no saber que pasará, te lleva a disfrutar lo que estas viviendo minuto a minuto Eso es gran parte de la aventura y lo otro; el agradable ambiente que se da con los kayacs, el buen ánimo y explicaciones que daba Dave. Lo disfrutamos muchísimo y lo volveremos a hacer!!!!
The weather and area was beautiful. We saw many manatees up close, within inches of our boats. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, very patient, and not rushed at all. He seemed to really enjoy taking us on the tour
Great guide, pace and we were lucky enough to be the only two on the tour. Saw everything we wanted to and it was the highlight of the trip.
Our tour was fantastic. The guide went out of his was to ensure that we were satisfied with our adventure.
We loved everything about it!