Kayaking is an excellent way to explore Sarasota and Lido Key. There’s so much more to Sarasota than Siesta Key and beautiful beaches! Let’s explore what to expect on your kayak adventure.

Kayak Adventure

A kayak tour is the perfect way to make your Sarasota vacation more memorable. What better way to connect with family and loved ones than with a kayak trip on the water exploring the beautiful estuary of Lido Key? Our experienced guides get you up close and personal with dolphins, manatees, local exotic birds as well as other native wildlife. These are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime!

Kayaking can be just as exciting as it is relaxing. Of course it’s exciting when you come across a manatee or a dolphin. Our experienced guides will teach you all you need to know about safety and paddling. You’ll also be equipped with safe kayaks as well as clean and comfortable life vests.

Yes, just about anyone can kayak, but there are different types of strokes that make kayaking easier, especially when we go explore the exotic mangrove tunnels in Lido Key. There is the forward stroke which is most commonly used. On occasion you will need to use a kayak reverse stroke, especially if you want to go back and get a better look at something or to slow down. There is a sweep stroke, should you want to spin around.  There is also something called the kayak draw stroke, this is mostly used when you want to go sideways, or pull up alongside something like a mangrove tunnel to let someone pass, or perhaps slide next to a buddy to snap a photo!

If you want to try something new and exciting, and see a side of Sarasota you can’t typically see, schedule a tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, the original kayak outfitter, you won’t be disappointed!

There’s no shortage of end of summer events in Sarasota. Even when summer is winding down, there are always plenty of fun things to do in and around Sarasota. Whether you are spending the day at the beach or out on a kayak, Sarasota is the place where summer never really ends!

 

End Of Summer Events

 

If you missed out on your chance to help the beaches with the most recent beach clean-up, there’s another volunteer based clean up event located at the Celery fields, and another at Oscar Scherer State Park. Both take place on Saturday September 22nd.

For those not familiar with the Celery Fields, it’s a place loved by locals for running due to its hill. The clean-up will focus on the mound (hill) by removing nuisance plants and weeds. Volunteers are encouraged to bring pruners, gloves, hats sunscreen, water and bug spray. For more information, check out the event here.

September 22nd is also a great day to take advantage of $7.00 admission to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.  Mote Marine is an independent, nonprofit marine research institution, with world-class marine scientists who are committed to the belief that conservation and sustainable use of our oceans is done through research and education.  Florida residents can enjoy discounted admission the whole month of September. Their research not only focuses on understanding the population dynamics of dolphins, manatees, sea turtles and sharks. But also on the conservation and restoration efforts which relate to these species and ecosystems.  Mote Aquarium is located at 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236.

Also on September 22nd is free admission to the Ringling during the Smithsonian’s annual Museum Day!  For more information and to print your tickets follow this link.

Now’s your chance to check out the amazing Sarasota Ski-A-Rees! They’re back in action for their fall season beginning on September 30th! They have free shows which take place every Sunday at 2pm, you don’t want to miss it, and they’re spectacular!

There’s always something to do here in Sarasota. Why not try something other than laying on one of our beautiful beaches? Get out and explore our beautiful area in a way that you can’t by any means other than kayaking. Check out these 8 reasons everyone should go kayaking.

Everyone Should Go Kayaking

  1. It’s a great way to connect with nature. Our launch location on Lido Key is nature at its finest. You can encounter so many different types of wildlife, while exploring a beautiful ecosystem.
  2. Kayaking is a wonderful way to explore new places. There’s no other way to explore the exotic mangrove tunnels of Lido Key than by kayak. They’re quite the sight to see. It’s a great escape from the sun, and they’re a place many different sea creatures call home.
  3. Kayaking is the perfect way to connect with friends, family, and to meet new friends! What better place to bond than on the water! The most beautiful memories can be made on the water.
  4. Kayaking is also a wonderful way to exercise. Not only is it a cardio vascular exercise, but you’re also working just about every muscle in the body!
  5. Connecting with nature is the perfect way to release stress. Between the beautiful gulf views, the calm bay waters, the sounds of the native birds, and the paddles dipping in the water, the whole experience is serene. It’s a great escape!
  6. Kayaking can be done by just about everyone. Whether you bring young children along for the ride in a tandem kayak, or older ones out on their own, people of all ages can enjoy a kayak trip. The nice thing about kayaking is that it is easy to learn. Our expert guides teach even beginners how to kayak, and you’re outfitted with safe kayaks, as well as life jackets.
  7. Getting to a kayak is easy. If you don’t own one, you can rent one, or go on a tour. We can even drop one off to you!
  8. Bottom line, kayaking is just plain old fun! Just about everyone can do it, and it can be done alone or with a group. It’s the perfect outdoor activity!

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers tours, rentals and group tours. Book your adventure online today and save $5.00.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters is the most experienced outfitter for kayak tours and kayak rentals in Sarasota, Bradenton, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island and Venice.

Check out what some of our clients have to say about their experiences with us.

Best Kayak Tour

Adventure Kayak Outfitters Tours & Rentals Google Reviews 4.9 out of 5 stars with 102 reviews.

After doing much research on kayaking places while vacationing in Longboat Key, we decided on the Adventure Kayak Outfitters tour. This tour offered everything we wanted to do. We have a large family, a 17-year-old girl, 14-year-old boy, 11-year-old twin boys, and a 10-year-old boy. And this was by far the cheapest place by almost $100.00!!! We had three tandem kayaks and one single. We had Dan as our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable, laid-back, patient and fun! We unfortunately did not see any dolphin but we did see some Manatee along with lots of birds. We took the 2 pm tour, so I’m sure that had something to do with not seeing dolphins. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wants to do some kayaking in the mangroves of Florida and see some wildlife and saving tons of money!!!– Kelly A

Five of us had a wonderful tour with Dan! We came from all over the country, including Florida, and our group included expert and less experienced boaters. We had a great time and learned a lot. The highlight had to be seeing a manatee with her two babies!– Roseanne C.

Amazing! I’ve been kayaking a few times before but this was hands down one of the best experiences. We kayaked through mangrove tunnels, watched cormorants dive around us, and saw a momma and baby manatee in the bay! Our guide was very knowledgable about the area we were kayaking in and the wildlife. – Ali M.

These and many other Google Reviews just like it for Adventure Kayak Outfitters Tours  & Rentals can be found here.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters Yelp Reviews 5 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews.

Dan was a great tour guide. Very efficient process, immediately saw pods of manatees, comorants and Covina. Mangrove tunnels are unique experience. Went through 3 tunnels. Dan was very knowledgeable and concerned for the environment. – Susan S.

Incredible tour! Our guide, Dan, was very knowledgeable and spent the extra time to stop and look for manatees and dolphins. We went in May which was the perfect weather and a perfect tour group size. – Meg S.

These and many other Yelp Reviews just like it for Adventure Kayak Outfitters can be found here

Adventure Kayak Outfitters loves what we do and it shows in our fantastic tours by our expert guides. Give us a call at (941) 779-7426 or book a tour online today!

Located just minutes away from Siesta Key and St. Armand’s Circle is beautiful secluded Lido Key. There you’ll find beautiful gulf views, native wildlife (including bottle nosed dolphins and manatees, and an exotic mangrove forest). It’s close enough to all the action yet far enough away to feel like you’re in your own little slice of paradise.

Exotic Mangrove Tunnels

These mangrove tunnels are a popular spot for an exotic adventure in Sarasota bay. Mangroves are so important to Florida’s ecosystem, not only do they serve as nurseries for many types of fish and oysters, crabs and shrimp, but they are also rookeries for many different species of birds. Their root system also helps to prevent erosion and protect Florida’s shoreline. They’re a very important tree.

Lido Key is a great place to spot dolphins and manatees before entering the tunnels. When in the tunnels it’s fun to observe the different ocean life such as starfish, jelly fish, different sponges, as well as plenty of horse shoe crabs and shells. There are usually plenty of crabs climbing along the mangroves too.

Kayaking the mangrove tunnels is always a magical adventure. It’s usually nice and quiet, but for the sounds of nature, and the sounds of paddles in the water. The mangroves provide shade, so it’s also a cool relief from the summer sun. The light is filtered and provides magical views of the wildlife both above and below the water.

Fun fact: Many of these “mangrove tunnels” were once man made ditches which were dug years ago as a way to control mosquitos. This didn’t work, and eventually they turned into mangrove arbors. Other mangrove tunnels grew naturally due to the tides ebbing and flowing. When maintained well, they provide a unique way for eco outfitters such as Adventure Kayak Outfitters to provide not only an enjoyable time on the water, but an adventure through a beautiful ecosystem as well! Book your tour today!

Kayaking involves a bit more than hopping on the kayak and paddling away into the ocean view. When you go on a tour with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, your tour guide will give you instructions, so even the most inexperienced kayaker will be able to paddle with ease. But it’s always a good idea to have a few safety tips, especially if you’re renting a kayak and aren’t on a tour.

Kayaking Safety Tips

Keep an Eye to the Sky

It’s important to keep an eye on the weather. It’s never a good idea to go out on the water in a kayak when there’s a small craft advisory, or if there’s bad weather coming in.

Dress for the Weather

Typically here in Sarasota, Florida, the weather is warm. You’ll want to dress for summer weather, meaning shorts and tee shirts. It can even be a good idea to wear a SPF sun shirt to protect from sun burns.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

The mangroves do provide sun protection, but it is very important to wear a hat, sunglasses and sunblock. These items will not only help protect from sunburns, but polarized sunglasses will help you to see sea creatures in the water a bit more easily.

Never Paddle Alone

Just like swimming, always use the buddy system when kayaking. Don’t go out on the water alone.

Bring Water Safety Equipment

Not only is it important to bring a PFD (Personal Floatation Device), but bring a whistle or horn, as well as something that can reflect the sun, such as mirror.

Sarasota Florida is one of the best area’s to go kayaking. The shallow protected waters of Lido Key, coupled with the exotic mangrove tunnels provide many homes to the areas ecosystem. The chances of encountering manatees or bottlenose dolphins in these shallow waters are pretty good! 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. Book your tour today!

We all strive to be a bit healthier, whether it’s done by eating better or by adding a bit more activity to our lives. Kayaking has many hidden health benefits and is a fun and exciting way to become more active. Not only is it adding a different aspect of fitness to your life, but it is a great way to get together with family and friends, doing a low impact activity, in a gorgeous environment here in Sarasota Bay!

Kayaking Health Benefits

There are many health benefits to kayaking. First and foremost, kayaking is a great cardiovascular activity. The continuous movement raises the heart rate and increases cardiovascular health. Aerobic exercise can also increase endurance, and flexibility.  There are physical aspects too. Kayaking works muscles in many areas of the body including arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and abs! It’s a total body workout! You can paddle as hard or as easy as you’re comfortable with.

Kayaking can also improve mental health! The open water is very meditative and helps to bring both positivity and clarity to your mind. What is more tranquil than floating on beautiful blue water? Whether you are out on a trip with family or friends, it’s a great way to meet new friends and find people with similar interests as you! Because kayaking is such a low impact activity, it is suitable for all levels of fitness, making it a great opportunity to meet many different types of people. When you spend time outside in nature, and combine that with exercise, you’re bound to be happier.

Adventure Kayak Outfitters offers both kayak tours and kayak rentals. They are both great ways to get out and enjoy the beauty that is Sarasota! 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. Book your tour today online and save $5.00.

Spring Break is here! Now is the perfect time to spend some time in paradise with the Original Adventure Kayak Outfitters. And Lido Key, just off of Siesta Key is truly paradise, so gather your friends, and get together for a day of fun on the water!

paradise spring break

We offer both kayak rentals and eco kayak tours, so whether you want to venture off on your own, or have a guided tour, the choice is yours. We even deliver to you free! With either one, you only need to book in advance. And when you do, if you’re booking a tour, you save $5.00 when booking online! Plus, we NEVER charge booking fees, so it’s a win-win!

Kayaking is a great way to get away from the beach and check out one of our area’s hidden gems, the exotic mangrove tunnels. While kayaking the mangrove tunnels, you will see different types of mangroves, learn about their contribution to our unique ecosystem, and how they help to preserve the mainland. The mangroves provide a shady retreat during the leisurely little trip through them. The water is so clear you will see fish swimming beneath you, there will be tons of fiddler crabs climbing the mangroves, and perhaps you’ll even see a sea star or two.

paradise spring break manatees

Once you exit the mangroves, you have the chance to encounter so much more ocean life. On your kayak tour you could encounter dolphins playing in the bay. They are always a joy to see! We could also see some manatee’s lounging around. There are usually plenty of snook and mullet jumping about. Native birds are pretty abundant, they love fishing in the Sarasota Bay. We typically see pelicans, egrets, osprey, and even bald eagles. Of course we can’t guarantee that you will see each of these, but our expert guides will point them out for you along the way!

February is an exciting month full of events in Sarasota! After you’ve enjoyed yourself kayaking on the beautiful waters of Lido Key, explore the island with these fun things to do!
Sarasota Events

The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees are back for another exciting season with their water ski team! Free shows take place on Sunday’s at 2pm. The Sarasota Ski-A-Rees a non-profit organization. Membership in the organization is open to youth interested in learning about and developing skills related to water skiing and water safety, and to adults who desire to educate, coach and supervise these youth.

The 30th Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts takes place Saturday February 10th and Sunday February 11th from 10am -5pm on Main St. in Sarasota, FL. Admission to this outdoor art show is free! Sunshine Artist Magazine consistently ranks this as one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows and is one of the area’s biggest and best art events. Meet some of the best artists in the nation, displaying life-size sculptures, spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind jewels, photography and more.

Thunder by the Bay is rolling back into Sarasota from February 15-18. This event continues to honor veterans, active duty military and first responders at this 2 day festival. It is full of events around Fruitville, the Sarasota Fair Grounds, and Main Street. This year, there is also full service camping available at the Sarasota Fair Grounds.  From a wide variety of live music, to bike shows, food vendors, and block parties, there is plenty to do all weekend long! Check out the schedule of events here.

Don’t miss the 24th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival on Saturday February 24th and Sunday February 265th from 10am -5pm on Ocean Blvd in Sarasota, FL. Take in the sand and sea as you discover beautiful creations from over 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in this outdoor gallery which is sure to be a spectacular festival!

There’s no shortage of fun events in Sarasota during the winter months, or in “season” as the locals like to call the winter months. January is a month full of festivals and events to get the New Year started off right. With average high temperatures between 71-75 degrees during winter months, it’s the perfect time to take in some festivals.

Spring Training

Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium are on sale now! Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training home to the Baltimore Orioles, will have their opening game in February.  If the Oriels aren’t your team, right down the road in Bradenton are the Pittsburgh Pirates at Lecom Park. Both teams kick off spring training with games on February 23rd.

3rd Annual Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival

The Sarasota Seafood & Music Festival will be held the weekend of January 20th. The event takes place on Gulfstream and Main, near JD Hamel Park. General admission is free, as well as downtown weekend parking.

There will be plenty of seafood dishes to choose from such as grouper, mahi-mahi, stone crabs, oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs and more. It is also meat and vegetarian friendly as well. Plus there will be an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Some of Florida’s top musical groups will be performing live onstage in such genres as R&B, rock, soul, jazz and Caribbean to entertain us as we dine!

Festival hours are 10am-6pm both Saturday and Sunday.

15th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival

Every year the Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival is listed in Sunshine Artist Magazine’s top art shows in the country. The festival has a large gathering and has easily become a favorite in Sarasota County.

Admission is free. The event is located in St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, FL, and takes place Saturday January 27th and Sunday January 28th from 10am – 5pm.Fun Events in Sarasota