Kayak & Canoe

Lake Norris near Orlando.

Kayaking Blackwater Creek & Lake Norris: Splendid waterways to discover

Blackwater Creek, a little-known river near Orlando, has over-the-top scenery where it flows out of Lake Norris. It’s an easy paddle worth seeking out for its great beauty. You can even arrange for free canoes.

Long Key State Park

12 great kayak outings in the Florida Keys

There are hundreds of places to launch a kayak, a canoe or a paddle board in the Florida Keys. We pick an even dozen for your next kayak adventure.

De Leon Springs: State park known for pancakes has much more

De Leon Springs: State park known for pancakes has much more

DeLeon Springs, about an hour north of Orlando, is a state parks with swimming, kayaking and fantastic history. But it’s best known for — of all things — its pancakes.

Bioluminescence kayak tours: Eerie glow at night on Mosquito Lagoon

Bioluminescence kayak tours: Eerie glow at night on Mosquito Lagoon

At Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Mosquito Lagoon, the water glows on summer nights with the underwater equivalent of fireflies. A kayak outfitter there is providing unusual thrills on his night-time bioluminescent trips.

Kayaks on the beach at Cayo Costa

Cayo Costa island: A remote, romantic getaway that is wild Florida at its best

This wild island on the Gulf coast is never crowded — it’s too hard to get there. For those who drive to Pineland on Pine Island and then take the hour-long ferry to the state park, the rewards are many: Nine miles of perfect beaches, shaded jungle-like trails and wildlife that includes osprey nests, dolphins, stringrays and all sorts of bird and sea life.

Everglades kayak trail: Halfway Creek off Tamiami Trail is all about the plants

Everglades kayak trail: Halfway Creek off Tamiami Trail is all about the plants

Halfway Creek is a well-marked kayak trail just off the Tamiami Trail. It’s good for short or long paddles, taking you to a wild green world thick with airplants.

Kayaking West Lake: A little bit of nature hiding in Broward

Kayaking West Lake: A little bit of nature hiding in Broward

West Lake provides a little bit of wildness in the middle of urban sprawl. It is of the most accessible natural places to kayak for 2 million people who live within 45 minutes of it. It is also a great place for a beginner to try out kayaking.

Two highlights of a Virginia Key kayak trip: Close up with the Miami Marine Stadium and Miami's stunning skyline.

Kayaking Virginia Key: Miami skyline views plus surprising natural splendor

A Virginia Key kayak outing offers an amazing combo – views of the Miami skyline rising out of Biscayne Bay in one direction, mangrove lagoons with shore birds in the other. An extra treat: It’s the best way to see the old Miami Marine Stadium.