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Journey with us to Blue Spring State Park, winter home of one of Florida’s largest manatee populations. Witness hundreds of manatees relaxing in the spring on winter days.
Don’t spend your time in traffic; spend it on the water experiencing nature’s magic!
The source of our “living lights”—bioluminescence—are dinoflagellates, single-celled organisms common in marine environments. Each bioluminescent dinoflagellate flashes only a fraction of a second when disturbed by water movement, but their high concentrations in the warm Indian River water create beautiful bluish-white trails of light caused by swimming fish and paddling kayakers. A swimming manatee may be completely concealed in a spectacular, other-worldly cloud of living light!
Upon arriving at the park, check in with the trip leaders to sign a mandatory release of liability and assumption of risk form. You are then outfitted with a life jacket, kayak, and paddle. After some brief instruction, we paddle as a group in search of the living lights. Most tours last a couple of hours. However, if the bioluminescence is super bright and dolphins or manatees show up on the scene, well… time just doesn’t matter.
What makes our tours different from the rest?
From Orlando Go east on highway 528 towards Cape Canaveral. Drive 1 mile past exit #52 you will cross a bridge, at the end of the bridge immediately exit to the right off the highway and onto the dirt road beside 528. Follow the dirt road to the right, drive under the bridge and follow the dirt road back around to the other side until you find the 3 tikki torches and a big white van pulling a kayak trailer. If you pass the turn off on the right just make a u turn 1/4 mile past the turn off, head west on the 528 and exit the dirt parking lot before the bridge with a big sign that says “Banana River Drive” exit 52 1 mile.