Manatee Encounter

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

Scheduled Trips: 
Tours run everyday between November-March at 9:00 am.

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, sunglasses, and sun screen)

    ‍Wear clothes that can get wet and possibly dirty

  • Waterproof camera

    ‍Tips for your guides

Overnight Camping Available for This Tour
$160 per person, per night, Call to reserve.

Tour Calendar

Tour Overview

Journey with us to Blue Springs State Park, winter home to one of Florida’s largest populations of Manatee. On most days we witness hundreds relaxing in the spring alone. 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.

Our group will paddle to the entrance to the spring run, park the kayaks, then walk the entire length of the spring run for a guided walk with plenty of time for photographs. Afterwards we will paddle towards the snake river and or Hontoon Island.

This area of river is packed with manatee, otter, and sun worshipping 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, morehens, and the occasional wild hog.

Hontoon Island has a wonderful nature trail that leads to an ancient Indian shell mound.

The park is also famous for its large owl population and extensive Indian artifacts including the state’s largest totem pole.

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 follow French Ave. till the road ends in about 3/4 mile. The road ends at a boat ramp on the river. Your guides will be there with a big white van pulling a trailer load of kayaks.

*As the weather warms up in March, less and less manatee will be in the spring. Once this occurs we will seek them out in the main river.

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

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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.