Please read this important notice!

Desoto Kayak ToursAdventure Kayak Outfitters is no longer offering guided eco tours of the Mangrove Tunnels on South Lido Key. In our opinion poor stewardship, based out of greed, of the small kayak park has led to overcrowding with approximately three hundred or more kayaks and paddle boards being rented daily. This overcrowding has led to a reduction in manatee and dolphin sightings as well as bird life in the tunnels. Adventure Kayak Outfitters has a long history of extremely high success in viewing manatees and dolphins from a kayak. We can no longer offer a quality relaxing outdoor activity amongst the crowds of kayaks and the booming waterfront homes that now line the majority of the kayak trail. It has been our pleasure to guide you for more than a decade.

For a real Florida kayak adventure in a natural setting, please click the button below and be directed to our friends at Desoto Kayak Tours. They are a local tour company offering guided kayak mangrove tunnel tours to view manatees, dolphins, and other local wildlife in a natural uncrowded setting within a short drive from Sarasota and Anna Maria Island.

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Sarasota Kayak Tours

Includes Dolphin, Manatee, Exotic Mangrove Tunnels, Birds, and Other Sealife

Come and discover a kayak eco tour into the shallow protected waters of Lido Keys. In one tour you will see the exotic mangrove tunnels, dolphins, manatees, and other sealife.  Located just minutes from Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice.  This is the most popular kayak tour in Sarasota.

Follow your native Floridian guide into the famous Sarasota Bay around Otter Key in search of the gentle manatee or an encounter with bottlenose dolphins.  Explore the shallow waters of Little Lagoon and navigate your way through the maze of exotic mangrove tunnels that lead you into the sun-filled grass flats of brushy bayou and Big Grass Lagoon.  Along the way you will become acquainted with the creatures that call this ecosystem home. No alligators!

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.

Kayak Tour

Kayak Tour Cost: 

$55 for single kayak

$110 for tandem kayak (2 people)

Children 6 and under $10 discount


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


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


Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido

190 Taft Dr.

Lido Key, Sarasota, FL 34236