Manatee Kayak Tour Segment

Your Kayak Tour includes a Manatee segment. Get up and close and personal with a manatee. Imagine sitting quietly in your kayak as manatees feed on the sea grass beds around Sarasota and Siesta Key. Very often these curious manatees will take a break from feeding and will come over for a hands on visit. Whether rubbing their backs on the bottom of your kayak or just rolling over for a belly rub, these gentle giants are always a ton of fun. But nothing is more breathtaking than a mother swimming nearby your kayak with her young calf tucked closely to her side. No alligators!

See manatees, dolphins, other wildlife, and the exotic mangroves all included in one kayak tour. Our kayak launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.

Cost: 

$50/pp when booked online ($55/pp booked by phone)

Time:

2 hours (times vary by day see Book Your Tour) *Must arrive at least 15 min early for your tour

WHAT TO BRING:Manatee in Sarasota Bay

  • Camera
  • Water shoes (any shoes you don’t mind getting wet)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Plastic Ziploc bag for your personal items
  • Oh – and one more thing… YOUR DESIRE TO EXPLORE!

PLEASE ARRIVE 15 MINUTES PRIOR TO TOUR TIME

Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido
190 Taft Dr.
Lido Key, Sarasota, FL 34236

TOURS LAUNCHED DAILY BASED ON CURRENT TIDE LEVELS AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS. PLEASE SEE BOOKING DATES FOR TOUR TIMES.

BASED ON AVAILABILTY

What times are your tours?
Please see the booking calendar on the website for available times and dates.

Are the kayak tours family friendly?
Yes, this is the most popular family friendly activity in Sarasota. No kayaking experience is necessary.

Am I guaranteed to see wild life?
Dolphins may be seen year around as they travel through the area feeding on our grass flats. Manatees are seen throughout the months of March through December depending on the water temperature. Since manatees and dolphins live in the wild no company can guarantee sightings 100 % of the time. However, other marine and bird life can be seen daily.

What happens if it rains?
We will kayak in a light rain; however, we will not kayak in hazardous/dangerous conditions. Please view our terms and conditions for our cancellation policy.

Will the kayaks fit me?
Yes, we have kayaks that accommodate weight limits up to 600 pounds.

Are there alligators on this tour?
No alligators!

Manatees greeting kayak tour
Manatees greeting kayak tour
Manatee peeking up out of the water
Manatee surfacing for some air
Manatees in the shallow Sarasota waters
Manatee off Lido Key in Sarasota
Group of manatees
Manatee swimming along side a kayak
Manatee coming to say Hi
Manatee belly rub
Manatee being curious
Manatee looking for some affection
Two manatees

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