Sarasota has so many different options for all ages to adventure. Whether you’re a beach goer, a person who loves to shop, one who loves to wine and dine, or one who has a taste for adventure. On the west coast of Florida, this little slice of paradise has it all! When you embark on a kayak adventure with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, you’re getting an adventure, whilst exploring the simple side of Sarasota.

Here on Lido Key, life is simple. The turquoise blue waters lap at the shore, while shore birds wade looking for fish and other food. The beauty and simplicity of it all is like no other. While Lido Key is only a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of Siesta Key Beach, and the shopping of St. Armand’s Circle, it’s a whole different world here. Here, you’re surrounded by nature and beauty and the sounds of the gulf.

Simple Side of Sarasota

Your guided kayak tour will take you through the shallow protected waters of Lido Key. Here you will encounter many different types of marine life such as dolphins, manatees, sea stars, turtles and so many native sea birds. As you follow your native Floridian guide into the famous Sarasota Bay around Otter Key, you will become acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home.

Simple Side of Sarasota

Then as you navigate your way through the exotic mangrove tunnels, your world is again transformed into something new. A shady and cool retreat which so many wildlife call home, which serves an important role in this precious ecosystem.

This is the most popular kayak tour in Sarasota for so many reasons. See a different side of Sarasota, just bring your camera, some sunscreen, clothes you don’t mind getting wet, some water and maybe a snack, and of course, your sense of adventure! Your adventure begins here!

 

When we get calls to book adventures, we are often asked if they need a guided kayak tour. Well it really depends. We offer both guided kayak tours and kayak rentals. So the short answer is no, you don’t NEED a guided kayak tour, but there are so many benefits to having a guided kayak tour.

Guided Kayak Tour

Our kayak launch location in Lido Key is in shallow protected waters of Sarasota bay, it isn’t a difficult place to kayak. But when you have a tour guide to guide you through the waters, there are so many things to see and learn. Our guides are native Floridians, they are knowledgeable to the area and of the many different species that call this area home.

If you are going on a kayak tour and are hoping to see dolphins or manatees, which also call our area home, our local guides know the best areas to see them. Of course these are wild animals, and we can never guarantee that we will see them, but they do know where you will have the best chance of seeing them.

When taking a guided kayak tour through the exotic mangrove tunnels of Lido Key, your experienced guide will lead you through the many twists and turns, share their knowledge with you about the mangroves, their purpose, and about the marine life that calls the mangrove home.

Without an experienced guide, there are so many things that an untrained eye will just paddle right by, your guide can spot these things, point them out to you, and tell you all about them.

Of course the choice is yours, and if you do choose to rent a kayak, you will be given a detailed map of the area, as well as safety vests, and the area is yours to explore. Regardless of your choice, you’ll have a great day on the water, and we’ll be happy to help you make the best decision for your adventure!

Kayaking Lido Key is a beautiful experience, it’s fun, it’s adventurous and so exciting! With all the beauty and wildlife around there’s so much to enjoy, and we can’t forget to mention the scenery! Florida boasts some of the most beautiful scenery around, there’s a Kodak moment waiting for you around every corner! You can experience all of this when you kayak the beautiful barrier island of Lido Key.

There’s no better place to come relax, soak up the sun, take in the gorgeous views, and see some amazing marine animals than on the west coast of Florida in the Sarasota area. Lido Key is located just minutes from Siesta Key, often named the number one beach in the country!

Kayaking Lido Key

When you have a kayak tour on the beautiful Lido Key, you’re kayaking in one of the most beautiful mangrove landscapes in all of Florida. While you kayak through these exotic mangrove tunnels, you’re kayaking through a natural waterway and estuary of Sarasota. This tour is a perfect choice for families because of its shallow and calm water. The mangrove tunnels offer an escape from the hot sun during the summer months and allow you to enter a whole new world almost. Here you get up close and personal with these tropical beauties.

The mangroves are protected themselves, and are so important as they:

  • Provide a nursery to young fish
  • Serve as a coastal barrier during coastal storms and hurricanes
  • Provide nutrients to the marine ecosystem
  • Provide shelter to the marine life that live in them

Once you exit the mangroves and are in the shallow waters of Sarasota Bay, you can see marine life such as dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and different types of fish, sea stars, sea cucumbers, and many different types of marine birds. This is an exciting opportunity for the whole family! Schedule your adventure with Adventure Kayak Outfitters today!

 

When looking for exciting adventures to do in Sarasota, you might stumble upon Kayak Eco Tours and often wonder what is an kayak eco-tour? It is a tour directed towards exotic, and often threatened natural environments, which are intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. That is exactly what you will experience when you book your kayak eco-tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters.

kayak eco tour

Your eco-friendly tour will begin with instructions on how to maneuver your kayak. Your tour is led by local Florida guides who are exceptionally knowledgeable about our special ecosystem here in the Sarasota Bay in Lido Key. Our guides are excited to share their passion for our beautiful and special local environment.

Your eco-tour will take you through the exotic mangrove tunnels which serve a special part of this ecosystem. They help to keep the coast healthy. They are a habitat for thousands of species. They also stabilize shorelines, help to prevent erosion, and protect land, people, and homes from waves and storms. They also provide a nice and quiet kayak trip, in the cool shade!

Once we come through the mangroves, we are in the Sarasota Bay. This excursion offers many opportunities to view dolphins, rays, sea turtles, manatees, many different types of schools of fish, and so many different varieties of aquatic birds, all while not disturbing them in their natural habitat. Your local guide will be full of both fun and informative information about the different marine life you will be seeing on your  kayak eco-tour.

Book your tour today with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter in Sarasota. This is the best way to explore the stunning side of Sarasota and connect in nature in a way that you don’t normally have the opportunity to, it is a once in a lifetime trip you don’t want to miss out on!

You’ve finally booked your Adventure Kayak Tour or Rental and now it’s time to get out on the beautiful waters of Sarasota’s Lido Key. Now what do you need to have a fun and rewarding kayak trip? The truth is not too much! Nature provides the beauty. And we take care of the safety equipment. You need to bring your sense of adventure and fun.

Fun and Rewarding Kayak Trip

Of course you want to be protected against the elements. In Florida of course you want to protect yourself from the sun. So it’s a good idea to bring sunscreen so you don’t get sunburnt. It’s also a good idea to wear a hat. A hat will not only protect you from the sun, but it’s a helpful aid in providing shade to see in the water better. So when your helpful guide points out local wildlife such as manatees or dolphins you are able to see them better. A pair of polarized sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun and aid in seeing wildlife in the water as well.

Kayaking is relaxing, but when the weather is warm, it’s a good idea to bring along some water to keep hydrated. You could also bring along a snack too. Just be sure to take any trash with you when your tour is over.

Your kayak tour is sure to be memorable so you want to be sure to capture the moment on camera, whether that be by a camera or a smart phone. Just be aware that it could get wet, so either have protection for it in case it gets splashed or we encounter a passing shower.

We provide instructions and comfortable life vests, so you really need to bring along your sense of adventure and be ready to have a long lasting fun memory of your trip! Book your kayak tour here!

Spring Break is right around the corner. It’s a great time to head down to Sarasota, visit the beautiful Siesta Key Beach, hang out with friends and go on a kayak tour! What better way to relax with nature, take a much needed break from school while hanging out with friends, than on a kayak tour?

Spring Break

You can see the light at the end of the tunnel, school is almost done for the semester and it’s time to refresh. A kayak tour on beautiful Lido Key nestled in the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota, close to Siesta Key Beach is just what you need to relax and have some much needed fun. Grab a bunch of your closest friends for an adventure filled trip you won’t soon forget!

Your kayak tour will get you up close and personal with some beautiful wildlife. We typically see bottle-nosed dolphins. They call our area home due to the warm shallow waters. We also see manatee, they love the sea grass we have in addition to the shallow water. We have plenty of exotic birds including pelicans, herons, egrets, hawks, egrets and roseate spoonbills. You can also see turtles and sting rays, as well as many different types of fish jumping about. We can’t control the wildlife we see, but these are some of what you can see on a typical day out.

Our journey into the exotic mangrove tunnels is a whole other experience. It’s quiet and serene, it’s shaded too. The mangroves are home to crabs and sea stars. The mangroves have different paths which lead you into the sun-filled grass flats of brushy bayou and Big Grass Lagoon.

Come and discover an eco kayak tour into the shallow protected waters of Lido Keys, a unique experience during your Spring Break, one you won’t soon forget. Book your tour today!

As much as we love kayaking, spring is in the air in Sarasota. And guess what that means? Spring Training is back in town! Now’s a great time to get up close and personal with your favorite players and catch a training practice or even a game while some of your favorite teams are here!

Spring Training

Here’s where you can catch all the action around the greater Sarasota area:

The Baltimore Orioles train right here in Sarasota. Their first home game is on Saturday, February 23rd and they host the Minnesota Twins. They play at Ed Smith Stadium. Here’s a complete list of their 2019 Spring Training Schedule.

The Pittsburgh Pirates play right next door in Bradenton, and Garth Brooks is even in town this week, as an added bonus! Their 2019 Spring Training schedule begins with their home opener at Lecom Park against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24th. Here is their complete Spring Training Schedule.

The Tampa Bay Rays play in Port Charlotte which is a bit south of Sarasota. Their games are played at the Charlotte Sports Park. Their home opener is on Friday, February 22nd against the Philadelphia Phillies and is the kick off game for Spring Training! See their complete schedule here!

If you’re open to a bit of a drive, catch the New York Yankees in action in Tampa at Steinbrenner Field.  Their home opener is Monday, February 25th against the Toronto Blue Jays.  Their Spring Training Schedule is here.

And if you’re really up for a drive, catch the current World Series Champions Red Sox at their Spring Training Facility located in Fort Myers at JetBlue Park at Fenway South. They open their Spring Training Schedule hosting the New York Yankees on Saturday, February 22nd!  Their complete Spring Training Schedule is here.

It’s time to play ball!

There’s no better feeling than teaching someone something new. Kayaking itself is something special, but giving someone the encouragement, whether older or younger, to kayak for the first time is so exciting! You’re never too old to try something new, don’t forget that.

Try Something New Like Kayaking

Kayaking is a special sport or activity. Maybe it’s the peacefulness of it all. Is it looking out at the beautiful blue water? Is it the smell of the crisp clean ocean air? Or maybe it’s the excitement of what’s to come. It’s an adventure, and for many it’s a new adventure! There’s anticipation of where you’ll go, what you’ll see. Being out on the water brings a whole new perspective, peace, wonder, bewilderment.

There’s so much to learn about on our kayak tours. Sarasota is home to so many different types of wildlife.  We see many bottle nosed dolphins while we’re out. They love to call our area home. We also see manatees. This area is perfect for them due to the shallow grassy waters. There’s plenty for them to feed on. We see sea stars and jellies. There are many different types of fish and we also see turtles. There are so many birds between eagles and hawks, egrets and pelicans, herons and osprey, you have to keep your eyes open, there’s always something to see!

When we dip into the exotic mangrove tunnel, it’s a whole other adventure. It’s quiet but for the sounds of the crabs on the mangroves, and our paddles hitting the water of course. It’s shady and cool in there too.

The Sarasota Kayak Tour is perfect for all ages and no experience is required. We love what we do and it shows in our fantastic tours by our expert guides. Your kayak tour will get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, exotic birds, and other wildlife. Bring your camera and your friends! Don’t wait, book your tour today!

One of Sarasota’s best kept secrets is Ted Sperling Park on Lido Key. It’s located on the southern tip of Lido Key, and the park provides many unique opportunities for nature lovers to explore both on land and by kayak. And if you’re looking to see dolphins and manatees, look no further, you’ve found your perfect spot!

Sarasota’s Best Kept Secrets

Sometimes, some of the best places to see manatees aren’t very publicized. That’s the case with Lido Key. Locals and tourists alike have discovered that this area is well liked by manatees due to its shallow grassy waters. If you’re out on a kayak tour, you can usually spot them. And these manatees definitely have no qualms about swimming right up to your kayak, they’re so used to seeing them at this quiet location.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key is perfect for kayakers looking for adventure. Not only does it have the exotic mangrove tunnels offering a few different paths to explore. But it also has many picturesque views and of course many different types of native wildlife, both aquatic and airborne.

Sarasota’s Best Kept Secrets

Ted Sperling Park isn’t only home to manatees, but also native dolphins. They are often seen frolicking about, and they too aren’t shy. Many times they seem to be putting on a show for us or will follow our kayaks around for a bit. They’re so much fun to watch playing around in the water!

When you take a kayak tour with our experienced native guides, they can help to point out both dolphins and manatees, and take you to the spots you’re most likely to see them. While we can’t control nature, we usually do see them on our tours. It’s best to keep your eyes peeled and not miss anything. Our tours will definitely provide a memory to last a lifetime!

When you take a kayak tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters along Sarasota’s Lido Key, you’re taking a little kayak in paradise. Sarasota is world famous for its Siesta Key Beach, but along the Gulf of Mexico is this hidden treasure called Lido Key, a beautiful little estuary in Sarasota Bay, which is home to many different types of wildlife, and we are proud to show it all off on our kayak tours.

kayak in paradise

Sarasota Bay is located between the keys (or barrier islands) which separate the Gulf of Mexico from the mainland of Florida, making it so popular for guided kayak tours. This is mainly due to the marine life that lives here and the many mangrove islands which protect it. In the local ecosystem you can find dolphins breaching, and manatees; that not only enjoy the shallow water and canal systems, but enjoy eating the sea grass the shallow water provides.

In addition to the manatees and dolphins, there are plenty of native birds such as pelicans, herons, egrets, osprey, roseate spoonbills, hawks and bald eagles. You can often see snook, sheepshead, pufferfish, sea stars and many other fish which these birds feed upon too.

Once you head into the protective and exotic mangrove tunnels, a whole other world awaits. It’s quiet and filled with nature at the same time. The shallow waters are filled with crabs, as well as crabs crawling upon the mangrove branches; there are fish and snails in the water too. It’s a learning experience for sure. Our experienced native Floridian guides will fill you in on all there is to see and learn about. By the time you’re done, you will become well acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home!

The original Adventure Kayak Outfitters launch location on Lido Key in Sarasota is just minutes from Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Book your tour today, and don’t forget your camera!