Kayak & Canoe

Long Key State Park

Coastal Keys camping: Chillin’ and grillin’ at Long Key State Park

There’s nothing quite like waking up on the beach and listening to gentle waves lap the shore just a few steps away.

Frog Creek  in Palmetto. (Photo: Frog Creek RV Resort and Campground)

Frog Creek: Tampa Bay kayak trail, one of best trails you never heard of

Frog Creek in Palmetto is a scenic kayak trail that offers two different experiences. It starts with a shady Old Florida river with Live oak trees and Spanish moss, but then leads to more open salt water and mangrove tunnels. Guest writer Ed Higgins gives the details.

Exploring New Smyrna waterways by kayak or SUP: Wildlife, mangroves & sandbars

Exploring New Smyrna waterways by kayak or SUP: Wildlife, mangroves & sandbars

The waterways along the Intracoastal in New Smyrna Beach are a terrific place to explore by kayak or SUP. Richard Barrett shares some of his favorite routes — places you might overlook when going to the popular beaches in the area.

Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater.

Caladesi Island: Kayak to a wild beach

Caladesi Island State Park, off the coast of Clearwater and Dunedin, has been called the best beach in America. What’s even better? Kayaking to Caladesi and seeing wonderful wildlife along the way.

A sandbar made a lovely spot for a picnic along Fisheating Creek.

Legendary Fisheating Creek : Kayak trail lives up to hype, but timing is everything

This gorgeous, wild, winding river is well-known in Florida, but can only be paddled when water levels are high enough — and that’s right NOW. This river belongs on the bucket list of those who love the Florida outdoors.

The water in the Juniper Spring run is so clear it looks like you're floating on air. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service.)

Juniper Springs in Ocala Forest: Fab kayaking at pristine spring run

Juniper just might be the most pristine spring-fed river in Florida. It’s also stunningly beautiful and easy to kayak. On a hot day, the 72-degree water and shaded run help keep you comfortable.

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

Silver Springs State Park: Famous spring is worth a visit—or revisit

It’s easy to feel transported to another time and place when visiting Silver Springs State Park in Ocala.

As the sun sets over Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, kayaks are lined up ready to launch for a bioluminescent kayak trip. (Photo: Bonnie Gross)

A Florida summer thrill: Night-time kayaking in a bioluminescent glow

On dark summer nights in the Mosquito Lagoon near Titusville, the water glows from bioluminescent plankton. Kayak tours help visitors see the spectacular light show.

The passt at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is where the Cocohatchee River flows into the Gulf.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples: Top beach and more

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park is a great destination: You can enjoy so many activities in one place – kayaking, surf-fishing & a one-mile-long powdery-white sand beach with shaded picnic tables nearby.

Paddlers on the Wekiva River

Wekiva Falls RV Resort: Fab spring, comfy campground, gateway to scenic river

Wekiva Falls RV Resort may be the largest campground in the state, a small city tucked into an amazing wilderness with a spectacular river.


Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge: Window to the Everglades

BOYNTON BEACH — About 260 species of birds and waterfowl find their way here throughout the year, and you can find them by hiking, biking or paddling the canoe trail.

Rosalie Creek, one of the most scenic sections of the Buster Island Loop Paddling Trail.

Buster Island Loop: Challenging kayak trail circles Lake Kissimmee State Park

It’s rare in Florida to find a loop trail for kayaks and this one, with three lakes, two creeks and a canal, is a challenge. The 11-mile trail circles the state park.

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