Kayak under a full moon in 2018

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Full moon kayak tours
Photo courtesy Kyle Peterson via Flickr.

Night-time can be a peaceful or romantic time to kayak . Many parks and outfitters offer full-moon kayak and canoe trips. There also are some other ways to enjoy the outdoors on full-moon nights, including bicycling and concerts.

Here are some full-moon kayak trips around the state:

Oleta River State Park, North Miami, every month. Visiting this park, in the middle of the bustle of Miami, is like a mini-vacation.

Paddle with the gators at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach.  For $10 per person, you can join a group paddle from 7:30 to 9 p.m. though the sawgrass marsh. Reserve in advance; bring a flashlight and bug spray. There’s a $5 per car admission in the refuge. Loxahatchee Canoeing  organizes full moon trips. To reserve, call 561-733-0192. Here’s the outfitters’ Facebook page.

Convenient to folks in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the outfitter at Snook Island Natural Area in Lake Worth now offers “Full Moon on the Lagoon” kayak outings.

On the Indian River Lagoon, an outfitter offers moonlight kayak tours regularly. In the summer, if you paddle on a truly dark night, you can experience bioluminescence — when creatures in the water glow like underwater lightning bugs. Here’s more about night-time paddling A Day Away Kayak Tours in Titusville.

Adventure Kayak of Cocoa Beach  offers full-moon paddles on the Banana River.

Twenty minutes east of Orlando in Oviedo, you can do a moonlight paddle on the Little Big Econ with A Day Away Kayak Tours.

Bring wine and explore Winter Park Chain of Lakes.  The outfitter Adventures in Florida runs a full-moon paddle trip every month, starting in Maitland.    Participants are asked to bring a plastic wine glass — and a bottle to share, if you’d like — plus headlamp/flashlight and two glow sticks or L.E.D strobes.  The fee, which includes equipment, is $40. Here are details and how to register. 

In Southwest Florida, Kayak Marco Island offers moonlight kayak trips, including a full-moon party that ends at a local restaurant. In the Naples areas, there are full-moon tours from Adventures in Florida and in Fort Myers, from Gaea Guides.


In the Sarasota area, Happy Paddler offers full-moon adventures on Anna Maria Island and Mote Marine Laboratory  takes paddlers on Saraosta Bay.

Near Tampa, Canoe Outpost Little Manatee River,  offers full moon paddles, including shuttle service for those who bring their own kayaks or canoes. (The Little Manatee is a beautiful and wild paddle.)

In Northwest Florida near Chiefland, an outfitter runs full-moon trips out of Manatee Springs State Park, including pontoon boat rides.

Near Tallahassee, long-time outfitters T-N-T Hide-A-Way offers full-moon tours on the gorgeous Wakullah. It’s a leisurely one-way downstream paddle with a shuttle.

Note: Kayak and canoe outfitters all over the state offer full-moon activities, so check with your local outfitter. Most, but not all, require you to rent canoes or kayaks from them for the trips. Each outfitter is different, so call ahead. Most require advance registration and these trips do fill up during winter.

Here are full-moon dates in 2018:

Jan. 1
Jan. 31
Mar. 1
Mar. 31
Apr. 29
May 29
Jun. 28
Jul. 27
Aug. 26
Sep. 24
Oct. 24
Nov. 23
Dec. 22

Most full-moon paddles take place on weekends closest to the full moons. Be sure to call ahead to make reservations.

And let us know about full-moon events that aren’t list here so we can update our listings and share them with others!

 

7 Comments

  1. Paddling out on the water or riding by the shoreline by moonlight is one of our favorite things to do! Our ecotour company runs Moonlight Paddleboard Tours and Moonlight Fatbike Rides along Cocoa Beach- 2 Hour tours are $35. Looking forward to tonight’s moon!

  2. Hello, I enjoyed reading your article. It was awesome to find out the dates for our Kayak Tours here in Cocoa Beach and I wondered if you would like to include us as we offer Moonlight Kayak Tours in our area.
    Thank you for your time,
    Natalie

  3. Sounds fun! Wish I was in Miami tonight!

  4. For the paddle trip, do you need to bring your own canoe? Sounds amazing.

    • Bob Rountree
      Bob Rountree

      No. The canoe/kayak concessions will rent them if you need ’em. Thanks for pointing that out. Will add it to the story.

      • Bob Rountree
        Bob Rountree

        One more clarification… most outfitters will only allow their own boats, and they include the rental in the price. Only a few allow you to bring your own boat. You need to call ahead and ask.

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