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.

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!

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!

kayaking tipsYou’ve booked your kayak tour on beautiful Lido Key, and now you’re probably wondering what you should wear, and what to bring with you.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

  • Always bring a hat. Wearing a hat can help protect your head, eyes and face from getting sun burned. Wearing a hat can also help make some of the sea life we encounter easier to see without the sun glaring in your eyes.
  • Sunglasses, especially ones with polarized lenses will make it easier for you to see in the water. They’ll also protect your eyes from the sun as well as the glares off the water.
  • Bring sunblock and chap stick. It doesn’t matter if it’s hot or even sunny, the sun is strong, and you want to protect yourself from getting sunburned.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. You will be stepping in the water to hop into your kayak, and who knows, you might even want to jump out onto the sandy beach area too.
  • Bring water. You want to keep yourself hydrated.
  • There are so many different types of sea life we can encounter, you’ll be sure to want to snap a photo of your adventures. Either just use your cell phone, or bring a camera. We can’t guarantee that they won’t get wet, so it’s up to your discretion.
  • Bring a snack that’s easy to eat.
  • Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet; either sandals or water shoes are perfect.
  • Most importantly, bring your sense of adventure!

At Adventure Kayak Outfitters, we provide stable kayaks, clean and comfortable life vests, as well as expert local guides who love what they do!  Bring whatever will make your Sarasota kayak tour most comfortable and enjoyable for you. The beautiful scenery will create memories to last a life time. To find out more, and to schedule your kayak tour click here.

 

We love what we do, and love that our clients can see our enthusiasm. We got this review in our inbox and thought it would be great to share it!

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Jennie O
“Review on your great kayak tour guide Dan
Sorry this is a few months late but wanted to let you know what a great tour my 22yr old daughter & I had in mid August at your Taft Dr. location. I also put a review on tripadvisor today…
We didn’t have reservations but lucked into it being a quiet morning (Florida kids just returned to school I think) and Dan being available to take us on a great tour of Sarasota Bay near St. Armands/Lido area. He was not only fun, but gave us great info about the bay, its plant and sealife and much more. We lucked out that day and not only saw 2-3 manatees up close (they came to us) at the entrance of one of the inlets that goes through Lido key near St Armands but also a 25 min display of dolphins “sharking” a school of fish. Dan made sure we kept far enough back to not disturb the manatees or dolphins but had a running commentary on what was going on and was just as excited as we were.
My parents have lived full time in Sarasota for 30 years and just moved to a retirement community near St. Armands and I’ve never had such fun on the water. Please tell Dan how much we enjoyed his interesting and informative tour and hope to see him again on future visits to do more kayaking. That day is one of those “We’ll remember this the rest of our lives” times!

I’ll also recommend your company to my many family members who love coming to beautiful Sarasota.”

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Kayaking is a great way to get up close and personal to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures and locations. We are lucky here in Sarasota Bay to have dolphins, manatees, as well as beautiful native birds and gorgeous landscape. See some of our other reviews on Trip Advisor and Facebook. To schedule a kayak tour, visit us online and save $5.oo.

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Having fun doesn’t have to cost money. There are so many things to do in the Sarasota area, and since you can’t put a price on happiness, here are a few things you can do in Siesta Key that are free!

Go to the Beach!Siesta Key Beach Sarasota

Our beaches are free! There is no charge to get into the beach, or to park your car in the lot. This is
pretty amazing because Siesta Beach has some of the finest, whitest and in the world. The water is also very calm and clear which makes it perfect for swimming. Grab your sunblock, a towel, a good book and anything else you need to complete your perfect beach day. Stay through till the evening to see one of the best sunsets on the west coast!

Collect Shells

Anther fun thing to do is to collect shells. Turtle Beach on the south end of Siesta Key will have the most shells on the island. Shells can be found on all of Siesta Key’s beaches (Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach), but Turtle Beach has more due to its location, and because it’s much less crowded than Siesta Beach.

Go Diving

Also located on the southern end of Siesta Key is Point of Rocks. This is arguably the best place on the west coast of Florida for snorkeling. There are more than 100 yards of limestone ledges to explore. The calm waters make for a perfect beginner dive. Parking can be difficult, so it is best to go in early morning and get a spot at beach access No. 12. Parking spots are limited and are usually filled by mid-morning.

Stay tuned to catch our next edition of “Things to do in Sarasota”.

Things to do in Sarasota

Things to do in SarasotaWhen you hear of Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach, beautiful Gulf Coast Waters, and gorgeous white sand beaches probably come to mind. All of those are true, but there is so much more to do; All year long. This is especially true during the holiday season. Some people might think that being in a warm gorgeous place, that it wouldn’t feel like the holidays. Between decorations, holiday gatherings and local events, there’s not a chance that you can’t get caught up in it all.

Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, home of the circus king John Ringling and his wife is one of those places. Thursday nights in December, starting at 5pm are the Holiday Nights at Ca’ d’Zan. Admission is free with museum admission. The Ca’ d’Zan is all dressed up for the holidays. The decorations feature festive fireplace mantels, balconies, doors and a gorgeous 10-foot-tall tree that stands in the Grand Court.

Another holiday special is Lights in Bloom. This takes place at the beautiful Selby Gardens from December 16th through December 30th from 6pm - 9pm (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Visitors can stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. Also included in this tropical paradise are miniature garden trains, Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), plus live entertainment nightly.

While not a holiday tradition, you don’t want to miss out on the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival taking place December 3rd and 4th. This unique event blends food, music and visual entertainment offering tastes of delectable seafood creations and delicious drinks prepared by the top restaurants in Siesta Key and Sarasota.  Not only that, but there will be outstanding musical performances by local and regional musicians in a diversity of genres. Finally, there is an outdoor gallery of arts, crafts and food products. So while it might not be a holiday themed activity, you can complete your holiday shopping with some one-of-a-kind items!

Stay tuned to catch our next edition of “Things to do in Sarasota”.

Did you know, that when you book tours with Adventure Kayak Outfitters, you get all three tours in one? There’s no need to book three separate tours. On each tour, we will explore Sarasota by kayak, and during these tours, we will see many different types of wildlife.

Lido Key for Sarasota Kayak

When we kayak through the exotic mangrove tunnels, we gain a unique perspective. The mangroves are a natural habitat to many different plants, marine animals and native birds. Our native kayak guides will point out and explain things as we pass them.

Once we are out of the mangroves, and in the Sarasota Bay, you will love the excitement of encounters with bottle nosed dolphins and manatees. Manatees like to be in shallow salt water bays and estuaries. This makes kayaking in Sarasota, on Lido Key a perfect place to see them.

Whether you live in this area, or are here vacationing, Sarasota is one of the best places in the world to kayak. These experiences are one of a kind, and could be the memory of a lifetime. What’s better than kayaking the clear blue waters of Sarasota, and enjoying the best that nature has to offer?

Manatees on Sarasota kayak tour

At Adventure Kayak Outfitters, we try to make this Sarasota kayak experience simple from start to finish. We offer easy online booking, which includes a discount for booking online. We also offer gift certificates for hassle free gift buying. Not only do we make it simple, our tours are fun for the whole family! See you on the water!

 

Most people are familiar with Sarasota because of our beautiful white sandy beaches, specifically Siesta Key Beach. However, there are many other reasons to love our area. We are on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with exquisite blue waters, warm temperatures and we are abundant with wild life. We see many examples of wildlife on our kayak tours, such as:

• Bottle Nosed DolphinsWildlife
• Manatees
• Black Mangrove Crabs
• Pelicans
• Osprey
• Egrets
• Sea Stars
• Sea Urchins
• Herons
• Roseate Spoonbills

There are so many more, this is only a few.

When you kayak through the exotic mangrove tunnels, you are taking an adventure on the very habitat that sustains many of tmangroveshese beautiful creatures. In Florida, we have three native species of mangroves.

Rhizophora mangle — red mangrove
Avicennia germinans — black mangrove
Laguncularia racemosa — white mangrove

Mangroves are like a protected nursery for fish, crustaceans, and shellfish. They are also vital to our fishing industry, both sporting and commercial. An estimated 75% of the game fish and 90% of the commercial fish species in south Florida depend on the mangrove system. The branches of mangroves also serve as nesting areas for coastal and wading birds such as the ones listed above. Not only do they provide habitat and shelter for animals, but mangroves also protect uplands from storm winds, waves, and floods.

The seeds or pods that float in the water looking for their next sprouting ground can also be used to brush your teeth! Try it the next time you take a kayak adventure in the exotic mangroves of South Lido Key.