Manatee Encounter

French Landing
2398 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763

Scheduled Trips: 
Tours run everyday at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM

Private tours are available any date at anytime for groups of 5 or more.

$80.00 per person

What You Need To Bring:

  • Sun protection (hat, sun glasses, and sun screen)
  • Wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty
  • Waterproof camera
  • Gratuity to the guide is customary and highly appreciated.

Tour Overview

Journey with us to Blue Springs State Park, winter home to one of Florida’s largest populations of Manatee. On most cooler winter days we witness hundreds of manatees relaxing in the springs. We will observe from a distance as our Florida Master Naturalist introduces us all to the flora and fauna that make up this wild area.

During the peak migration months (Nov 1st-March 1st) our group will paddle up to the edge of the protected refuge and wait for the hundreds of manatee to wake up and float under our kayaks to the river in search of a morning meal.

In the warmer months (March-Oct), when most of the manatee have left the spring and returned to the main river and ocean, our group will paddle up to the headspring. At the headsprings everyone is welcome to swim, snorkel, and explore.

After a while, we will return to the main river in search of manatee, otter, and sun-worshiping gators. Overhead, bald eagle, osprey, and red shoulder hawks scan the water and marshes for their next meal. On the river bank people will spot large wading birds, coots, more hens, and the occasional wild hog.

If we have a bit of extra time we will make our way far off the mainstream to the amazing snake creek and dead river.

This tour is perfect all year for bird watchers, animal lovers, and people who enjoy being lost in thought instead of being lost in the crowd.

Driving Instructions

Take I-4 east towards Daytona Beach, exit 111B toward Orange City. Follow the signs to Blue Springs State Park.

When you get to the park located on French Ave. PASS THE STATE PARK and continue on French Ave. (turns into a dirt road) until the road ends in about 3/4 mile. The road ends at a boat ramp where your guide will be waiting.

The last public restroom is at Valentine Park 1 mile before Blue Springs on the right.

Here at Adventures in Florida we do more than just kayak Florida’s rivers, we do our best to help protect them. If one of our tours inspired you to do more for the preservation of Florida’s wild spaces here is who to contact to get involved:
Save the Manatee
St. Johns Riverkeeper
American Rivers

Many of Central Florida’s hidden natural wonders are best experienced by kayak or canoe. Just beyond the hustle and bustle of life in the Orlando area lay crystal clear springs, tropical swamps teeming with life, and gorgeous undisturbed wild and scenic rivers... Adventures in Florida specializes in bringing you to those places! Paddling with our skilled tour guides ensures you will have a safe, entertaining, and informative adventure. Whether you're visiting Orlando or you’re a local, come experience the REAL Florida with us! Kayak day tours require no kayaking experience. Private tours are available. For those seeking more adventure than can be had in a day, be sure to check out our Extended Expeditions.