Central Florida Nature Adventures, LLC

call us at 352-589-7899 or email jenniferkayaks@yahoo.com

Whether you are looking for kayaking 101 instructions, homeschool activities, corporate team building, a guided tour with relaxing peace & quiet, extreme paddling, exercise & fun on the water OR all of the above, allow us to show you the natural beauty and wildlife Central Florida has to offer!

Choose from these guided Eco tours or create your own!

St. Johns River 2-3 hours $60.00
Rock Springs Run 2-3 or 4-5 hours $65.00 or $95.00
Extreme Emerald Cut 2-3 hours $65.00
Wekiva River 2-3 or 4-5 hours $60.00 or $90.00
Lil Amazon 2-3 or 4-5 hours $60.00 or $90.00
Silver River 4-5 or 6-7 hours $90.00 or $125.00
Extreme Blackwater Lake 2-3 hours $60.00
Photographers Tour $150.00 or $300.00
Winter Manatee Tour 2-3 hours $60.00

All tours are booked by reservation and 
tour pricing is per person, plus tax.

We also offer a vacation rental home, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4 & a few more. Close to Disney, Daytona, the Ocala National Forest and Mt Dora, this home offers a beautiful natural setting. Visit http://www.backtonaturevacationrentals.com/ or ask us about reservations, we'll be happy to accommodate you.

Need transportation? We can help, all inclusive round trip transportation charters are available from International Drive and the Disney area.

For additional information or to book your tour online visit http://www.kayakcentralflorida.com/
For the Birder or Photographer in you visit http://www.floridabirdwatching.com/

This is a watercolor by Donna Rutlin, from a photo of her tour on Dora Canal in March 2010.

Check out our videos including those created by
Steven Chan, Glenn Gardner and John Bria at the link below http://www.youtube.com/user/kayakcentralflorida?feature=mhum

Exploring the St Johns River Orange City, FL Wednesday April 9th, 2014




This was Mary Jo and Alice's second day on the river with Kenny and wow what a difference 12 hours can make. From yesterday's drizzle to picture perfect 70 degrees and full on Florida Sunshine! Everything else was out too. The Great Blue Heron on the nest feeding those newbies, a Limpkin bumping around, Little Blue Herons phasing out of white into their adult blue coloring, Moorhens, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Purple Gallinule, Cormorants, Osprey and more... The reptiles were out; Red-bellied and River Cooter Turtles and there were a few Alligators out sunning too. On the way back there was a big fellow moving along in the river and as he came up on this floating Garfish he all the sudden grabbed that thing and did the crunch a munch...it was wild. There are lots of flowers poping as well. The Pickerel Weed, Lance-leaf Arrowhead, Indigo, Spatterdock and Elderberry have all come out to celebrate Spring.    

If you were a Birder ...March 19, 2014






If you were a Bird Watcher, today's paddle on the St Johns River would have been heaven. The Purple Gallinule flew right above the Spadderdock water lilies and gave us a show. The Great Blue Herons are nesting up in the Cypress Trees while the Bald Eagle was sitting above watching over his territory. Green Herons, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, Moorhens and we even  found a pair of Limpkins with their chick fresh out of the nest. There were lots of little Gators and Turtles sunning, fresh Florida Sunshine and once again the river was the place to be.

Yaking with the Smyrna Yacht Club 3/1/14















We got to celebrate the 1st of March with the Smyrna Yacht Club and a ton of fun that was. As we started on our journey, the St Johns River was rolling fog. We paddled around the island and got to see quite a few birds. The Great Blues are still sitting on their nests and a 2nd nest is being built in the rookery tree. The Little Blue Herons, white and blue phase, Snowy and Great Egrets, Cormorants, and Anhingas were good at keeping us company and we got the watch an American Bittern fly by. The Moorhens came out to say hello too and then we headed for the Manatee spot. There were a few milling around our kayaks and the Bald Eagle watched over us and called for her mate. The Green Fly Orchids are getting ready to send out some new shoots too. Then we headed to Snake Creek to see what we could find. A Wood Stork was hiding in the Willows which are popping with new green leaves and the Maples, Ash and Elms are all starting to come out as well. On the way back, we got to see a Sandhill Crane making a nest and the White Ibis were all roosting in their tree. There was a parade of C-Dorys that went by and the sun came out to blow off the fog. After seeing the big Gator sunning himself on the bank, a nice surprise was more Manatees that came out to play. Some right up next to our kayaks again. It turned out to be a beautiful day and a great group of people to spend it with!

Adventures of the St Johns River February 16, 2014










Clear blue skies with a high of 70 made for a perfect kayaking day. There were lots of birds out feeding and lots of Manatees too! Off to Snake Creek and we found a Wood Stork just waiting for us to take his picture. The Manatees showed themselves throughout the tour with close encounters for us all. On the way back to the launch, the race started...and it was a hoot..."let the games begin" isn't just for the Olympics ;-). Great weather + a Great group = a Great day on the river!

Kayaking Florida's Rivers January 26, 2014






Leslie has been on several rivers with us and today the calm winds made for some nice reflections off the water. We started our adventure upstream toward the sulfur spring that was visible... another advantage of the calm winds and you can see all the way into the cave where the water just wells up from underground. The Limpkins were out and about, we got to see them several times along the way. The Great Blue Herons were chasing each other around and the Green Herons were quite abundant as well. The Pileated, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers were sharing a tree full of snacks and the Anhingas are starting to get their breeding plumage going. The Male and Female are quite a sight. The Little Blue Herons, Moorhens, Wood Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Great Egrets, Cormorants, Red-shouldered Hawks and the Osprey were all enjoying the day too. The wild architecture of the trees with the Cypress Knees and Winter colors in play, casts lots of colors to the river and it was a great day to be in a kayak ;-)!

Our Manatee Encounter December 28, 2013
















You know it's going to be a good day when you arrive at the boat ramp and the Manatees are already swimming by... We had a Momma and Baby around us for the longest time, it's like she was teaching him about kayakers LOL. There was lots of other wildlife too and babies of all sorts. The Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blues and Little Blue Herons were all out fishing and the Cormorants were fishing right in front of our yaks. When the warm air started to lift off of the river the Vultures caught the thermal and played games in the sky. We got to see lots of Turtles out sunning, White Ibis hanging out and we had a dual Wood Stork flyby. As we entered Snake Creek the baby Alligators were there to greet us and then we saw this little tiny tike...he's a baby River Cooter Turtle... no bigger than the palm of your hand ;-).