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Guided Kayak EcoTour of Beautiful Shell Key
Thank you to our lovely customers for making us the most popular kayak tour in Tampa Bay! Our kayaking eco tour explores both the wonderful waters & beautiful beaches of Shell Key Preserve. This is an entirely outdoors experience! We do have to adjust daily tour times to work with the tides+weather so please LET US KNOW if you are only available for the 1 time slot you select. We'll meet everyone at the launch, do introductions, give waterproof bags,& get everyone prepped for kayaking. No experience needed as we'll give everyone a paddling overview! We use primarily double kayaks for ease+comfort. (Your booking time is the planned arrival time. Average water depth 2 feet) After that we'll get launched into Shell Key Preserve! The Preserve is a beautiful shallow environment with tons of wildlife & a very interesting ecosystem which we'll discuss plus the history of the Preserve! From the shallow seagrass flats to the large mangrove islands to the pristine beaches of Shell Key itself we'll try and cover it all! Including traveling through some mangrove tunnels (with friendly tides, primarily Mar-Oct) We'll also look for+talk about some of our incredible wildlife in the Preserve including dolphins, manatees, & other fish & birds! We'll also happily give some places to eat & things to do while you're here! If you enjoy your tour please consider tipping your guide thank you!
Kayak the Mangroves on Lido Key
You will meet your guides at Ted Sperling Park, the launch site for the famous Lido Mangrove Tunnels. After a short explanation of the equipment and the paddle, we will launch and practice our skills in a beautiful, shallow bay. Depending on weather conditions, we may paddle to the channel with a goal of paddling with manatees and dolphins. If we do come across them, we will keep our distance and watch them play and frolic. Occasionally, manatees will be curious and will swim up to us. It is such a special experience. Next up, we will head to the mangrove tunnels. We may take a short break at a private beach to stretch our legs before we head into the maze of mangrove tunnels. Your guides will help you navigate the tunnels, pointing out exotic wildlife as you pass. Everyone loves when finding giant hermit crabs and seastars along the way. After paddling though the tunnels and to the hidden lagoon, we will head back to the launch. Your hosts will text photos of your adventure for you to share with friends and family. Other things to note Kids welcome from age 3 and up. Kayaks and paddleboards can be combined on the same tour. If you need a different date, contact us at info@surfitusa.com or call 941-952-8245. We love family groups!
Catered Kayak Ecotours
The day begins with launching kayaks and instruction on basic kayaking. After an hour and a half of paddling, while viewing native wildlife and discussions on the environment, we stop for gourmet lunch, created by your guide and chef. After lunch we embark on another hour of eco touring. The trip is 3 hours. Other things to note beginner kayakers are welcome, , what's great about small tours is the personal attention and hands on learning!!! Gratuity is not included but very much appreciated!
Kayak Sarasota Bay & Mangrove Tunnels
A smiling face will greet you as soon as you arrive at our launch site. We will provide you with ice cold drinking water, a waterproof bag to protect your cellphone, keys, wallet, etc. We'll walk down to the kayak launch area and go over all safety precautions including proper use of your life jacket & provide a detailed paddle lesson. Once we are ready to paddle, we will embark on a two hour kayak adventure exploring beautiful Sarasota Bay and the world famous Lido Key mangrove tunnels. I'll tell you all about the interesting history of our beautiful bay as well as talk to you about the incredible flora and fauna we encounter! If we are lucky, we may even be visited be amazing dolphins and gentle manatees. Then, we will journey through Lido Key's spectacular mangrove tunnels while we learn of their importance to our coastal ecosystem. Once our tour is over, we will send you on your way with memories that will last a lifetime. Important note: I will message you immediately after you book to get your preference on single kayaks or tandems. If I get no response, we will default to all tandems if your group is even numbered, or all tandems and a single if its odd numbered. Other things to note My kayak tour is fun and safe for all ages and skill levels! If your desired date & time is not available, do not hesitate to find us at www.paradiseadventuresfl.com or by calling (941) 275-2971!
Dolphin and Nature Cruise Jug Creek
You will board my spacious 26-ft World Cat at the Jug Creek Marina. We will head west on the Creek which is lined with mangrove and habitat of dolphin, manatee, herons, egrets and osprey. Along the way we pass under the Stringfellow Road Bridge and pass the Lazy Flamingo restaurant. Further along we enter Back Bay and transit Dead Man"s Curve. You will view the beautiful mansion on Little Bokeelia Island which was built in 1902 by the famous battery magnate, Charles Burgess. When we exit the Creek we enter Pine Island Sound and the vista is amazing: Useppa Island, Cayo Costa, and the Boca Grande Pass. We will return to the Marina via Charlotte Harbor and Shell Cut. You will be amazed at the beauty of Charlotte Harbor and learn about the history, geography and wildlife. On the cruise back you can look out for dolphins, and enjoy relaxing music. Other things to note This experience will involve getting into and out of a boat at a dock.

Dive into local beach life

Sunset E-Bike Tour of Siesta Key
After a thorough tutorial and fitting of the bikes we'll make our way immediately out onto the #1 beach in the country. We ride to the Southern-most point, Crescent Beach and Point of Rocks. We share a bit about the area then continue on, making our way all the way to the Northern-most point of the Key, Sunset Point. There is a local gentleman that puts on a flag lowering ceremony complete with Taps on the bugle each night as the sun sets, we stick around to observe this then ride the entire length of the beach back to our starting point. We take plenty of photos throughout and send them at the end so you are sure to have plenty of mementos to remember our adventure! Other things to note Although no special clothes or shoes are necessary to ride, I do recommend wearing something comfortable as we will be on the bikes the entirety of the tour.
Glass Bottom Kayak Led Illuminated Night Tours in Sarasota
We offer the Ultimate Adventure on our Glass Bottom LED illuminated Kayak Sunset to Night Tours! The extremely powerful self developed underwater light system that we use illuminates the sea floor and sea-life! We'll start off in mangrove canals and then visit mangrove shorelines and look for different species of seabirds & learn about the mangroves and their benefits. Then we'll explore the Amazing grass flats and look for different crustaceans, stingrays and fish. It's also a regular hangout for Manatees as well. Exploring for sea-life on the grass flats and sandbars is fun for everyone with our high powered underwater LED lights! We'll also get amazing views of the Sarasota city skyline and the John Ringling Bridge. With literally nothing to do at night in the Water Sports Industry, our Glass Bottom Kayak LED illuminated Night Tours are perfect for families, friends, large groups, or an unforgettable date night under the stars!
Create Resin jewelry by using real nature on S Lido Beach
Experience the luxury of beautiful Sarasota with a one of a kind beach and Resin jewelry making workshop on South Lido Beach. Take a walk among the beautiful mangrove and sea grape trees and we will explore nature trails that line the southernmost tip of one of Sarasotas most pristine beaches. Gather along the way shells and ocean elements while getting a chance to connect in nature. Then, we will preserve your special beach elements in a step by step beginners Resin workshop. At location, you will create unique resin necklace using your collected items (delivered 24 hours later). A memory and experience you will cherish forever with your friends and family.
Siesta Key Sunset Mini-Photo Shoot Experience
Siesta Key is known for its quartz crystal powdery white sand and its epic sunsets. There's no better way to remember your vacation than with a 'Golden Hour' mini-photo shoot! Whether you are celebrating a special engagement, or just want to remember your trip, a photo shoot is a great way to save the memories! Each session includes: -30 minute photo shoot on the beach during sunset -20+ images edited in color & black and white -Personal online gallery to download images -Copyright release to print -Photos sent within 2 weeks *Price charged per person, children under 2 years old are free. For more info, find Lyons Eye Photography on Insta.
Learn to Build a Bigger Sand Castle
I will provide 2 to 5 (Private Booking) guests with all the necessary forms and tools to construct a large sand castle. I will walk the guests through the process of setting up the forms and sealing the forms so that the sand placed into the forms hardens and is ready to sculpt. I will teach participants how to use the tools properly so they can create a large beautiful sand castle! Other things to note: Plan on getting to the beach early to avoid the crowds and the parking hassle.

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Sunset Nature Dolphin Cruise on Pine Island Sound
I’ll meet you at Jug Creek Marina for a Sunset Cruise aboard my World Cat power catamaran. We’ll head west on Jug Creek to Back Bay, out Pentecost Pass to Pine Island Sound. Dolphins, Osprey, tropical birds and fish are plentiful here. I’ll show everybody the historic Island home built by the American inventor Charles Burgess and later famous Useppa Island. We will then observe sunset and enjoy the evening cruise back to Bokeelia.
Glass Bottom Kayak Led Illuminated Night Tours in Sarasota
We offer the Ultimate Adventure on our Glass Bottom LED illuminated Kayak Sunset to Night Tours! The extremely powerful self developed underwater light system that we use illuminates the sea floor and sea-life! We'll start off in mangrove canals and then visit mangrove shorelines and look for different species of seabirds & learn about the mangroves and their benefits. Then we'll explore the Amazing grass flats and look for different crustaceans, stingrays and fish. It's also a regular hangout for Manatees as well. Exploring for sea-life on the grass flats and sandbars is fun for everyone with our high powered underwater LED lights! We'll also get amazing views of the Sarasota city skyline and the John Ringling Bridge. With literally nothing to do at night in the Water Sports Industry, our Glass Bottom Kayak LED illuminated Night Tours are perfect for families, friends, large groups, or an unforgettable date night under the stars!
Guided Kayak EcoTour of Beautiful Shell Key
Thank you to our lovely customers for making us the most popular kayak tour in Tampa Bay! Our kayaking eco tour explores both the wonderful waters & beautiful beaches of Shell Key Preserve. This is an entirely outdoors experience! We do have to adjust daily tour times to work with the tides+weather so please LET US KNOW if you are only available for the 1 time slot you select. We'll meet everyone at the launch, do introductions, give waterproof bags,& get everyone prepped for kayaking. No experience needed as we'll give everyone a paddling overview! We use primarily double kayaks for ease+comfort. (Your booking time is the planned arrival time. Average water depth 2 feet) After that we'll get launched into Shell Key Preserve! The Preserve is a beautiful shallow environment with tons of wildlife & a very interesting ecosystem which we'll discuss plus the history of the Preserve! From the shallow seagrass flats to the large mangrove islands to the pristine beaches of Shell Key itself we'll try and cover it all! Including traveling through some mangrove tunnels (with friendly tides, primarily Mar-Oct) We'll also look for+talk about some of our incredible wildlife in the Preserve including dolphins, manatees, & other fish & birds! We'll also happily give some places to eat & things to do while you're here! If you enjoy your tour please consider tipping your guide thank you!
Create Resin jewelry by using real nature on S Lido Beach
Experience the luxury of beautiful Sarasota with a one of a kind beach and Resin jewelry making workshop on South Lido Beach. Take a walk among the beautiful mangrove and sea grape trees and we will explore nature trails that line the southernmost tip of one of Sarasotas most pristine beaches. Gather along the way shells and ocean elements while getting a chance to connect in nature. Then, we will preserve your special beach elements in a step by step beginners Resin workshop. At location, you will create unique resin necklace using your collected items (delivered 24 hours later). A memory and experience you will cherish forever with your friends and family.
Kayak Shell Key Preserve With Capt Yak
Capt Yak is a Veteran owned business. We will explore through and around Mangrove Islands, Beds of Sea Grasses and Sand Bars on Comfortable and Easy Paddling Kayaks. Our Sit-On-Top Kayaks are outfitted with adjustable seats with back support that add comfort and paddling ease to your trip. The seat position also allows you to see the abundant sea life below much better than the old style Sit-In Kayaks. Birds, stingrays, horseshoe crabs, shells, manatees and dolphins are some of the wildlife you may see. Greg, "Capt Yak", will immerse you in this vital eco-system and provide you with information on the abundant wildlife and plant life you will encounter on this 3 hour tour. Your route will be based on the tide and wind to make the paddle as easy and enjoyable as possible. Mid way through the tour we will stop at Shell Key where you can Search for shells, take a stroll, swim or just sit an relax. Shell Key is the largest undeveloped barrier Island in the county and vital to the preserve's ecosystem. With nearly thirty years experience conducting field research and working in the zoo field, Greg has acquired a vast amount of knowledge that crosses over to his passion of kayaking.
Siesta Key Sunset Mini-Photo Shoot Experience
Siesta Key is known for its quartz crystal powdery white sand and its epic sunsets. There's no better way to remember your vacation than with a 'Golden Hour' mini-photo shoot! Whether you are celebrating a special engagement, or just want to remember your trip, a photo shoot is a great way to save the memories! Each session includes: -30 minute photo shoot on the beach during sunset -20+ images edited in color & black and white -Personal online gallery to download images -Copyright release to print -Photos sent within 2 weeks *Price charged per person, children under 2 years old are free. For more info, find Lyons Eye Photography on Insta.
Learn to Build a Bigger Sand Castle
I will provide 2 to 5 (Private Booking) guests with all the necessary forms and tools to construct a large sand castle. I will walk the guests through the process of setting up the forms and sealing the forms so that the sand placed into the forms hardens and is ready to sculpt. I will teach participants how to use the tools properly so they can create a large beautiful sand castle! Other things to note: Plan on getting to the beach early to avoid the crowds and the parking hassle.
Create a special Valentine's Day Resin Ornament on the Beach
Experience the luxury of beautiful Sarasota with a one of a kind beach ornament making workshop on Lido Beach. ****Valentine’s Day Heart Ornaments available every Monday through February **** Take a walk among the beautiful mangrove and sea grape trees explore nature trails along Sarasota’s most pristine beaches. Gather along the way shells and ocean elements while getting a chance to connect in nature. Then, we will preserve your special beach elements in a step by step beginners Resin workshop. At location, you will create unique Resin Ornament by using your collected items from your nature walk (delivered 24 hours later). A memory and experience you will cherish forever with your friends and family.
Honey Bee Farm Experience Premier Family Tour Near Sarasota
Looking for things to do In Sarasota or Myakka City? This is the experience to choose! Help Save the Bees with Us and Be a Beekeeper for the Day! Our bee farm or Apiary is a short 30 Min drive from Sarasota and about an hour from Tampa and close to Orlando. You will have an opportunity of a lifetime to bee a beekeeper for a 1 1/2 Hour closely guided and taught What to Expect During your Bee Farm Experience: * Begin your tour will with a short lesson and familiarization on bees, beekeeping equipment, pollination and products from the beehive....Then quickly go to an immersion hands on experience with the bees. * Get a better understanding of honeybees and why their survival is so important to our world. * You will get to experience how to suit up in protective gear, light a bee smoker, and get up close and personal with the bees as you watch them at work in their hive. * You will be able to have an opportunity to hold a frame of live bees and get a picture to share with others. * See the bees bring in pollen to the hive and watch new bees emerge from their comb. * There's only one queen among thousands of bees so it will be time to... Find the Queen! * You will also get to share in the fruit of the bees and your labor, HONEY! We also have a small area for shopping our products. Although we are new to Airbnb, we are 5 star rated on Trip Advisor
Kayak the Mangroves on Lido Key
You will meet your guides at Ted Sperling Park, the launch site for the famous Lido Mangrove Tunnels. After a short explanation of the equipment and the paddle, we will launch and practice our skills in a beautiful, shallow bay. Depending on weather conditions, we may paddle to the channel with a goal of paddling with manatees and dolphins. If we do come across them, we will keep our distance and watch them play and frolic. Occasionally, manatees will be curious and will swim up to us. It is such a special experience. Next up, we will head to the mangrove tunnels. We may take a short break at a private beach to stretch our legs before we head into the maze of mangrove tunnels. Your guides will help you navigate the tunnels, pointing out exotic wildlife as you pass. Everyone loves when finding giant hermit crabs and seastars along the way. After paddling though the tunnels and to the hidden lagoon, we will head back to the launch. Your hosts will text photos of your adventure for you to share with friends and family. Other things to note Kids welcome from age 3 and up. Kayaks and paddleboards can be combined on the same tour. If you need a different date, contact us at info@surfitusa.com or call 941-952-8245. We love family groups!
Catered Kayak Ecotours
The day begins with launching kayaks and instruction on basic kayaking. After an hour and a half of paddling, while viewing native wildlife and discussions on the environment, we stop for gourmet lunch, created by your guide and chef. After lunch we embark on another hour of eco touring. The trip is 3 hours. Other things to note beginner kayakers are welcome, , what's great about small tours is the personal attention and hands on learning!!! Gratuity is not included but very much appreciated!
Kayak Sarasota Bay & Mangrove Tunnels
A smiling face will greet you as soon as you arrive at our launch site. We will provide you with ice cold drinking water, a waterproof bag to protect your cellphone, keys, wallet, etc. We'll walk down to the kayak launch area and go over all safety precautions including proper use of your life jacket & provide a detailed paddle lesson. Once we are ready to paddle, we will embark on a two hour kayak adventure exploring beautiful Sarasota Bay and the world famous Lido Key mangrove tunnels. I'll tell you all about the interesting history of our beautiful bay as well as talk to you about the incredible flora and fauna we encounter! If we are lucky, we may even be visited be amazing dolphins and gentle manatees. Then, we will journey through Lido Key's spectacular mangrove tunnels while we learn of their importance to our coastal ecosystem. Once our tour is over, we will send you on your way with memories that will last a lifetime. Important note: I will message you immediately after you book to get your preference on single kayaks or tandems. If I get no response, we will default to all tandems if your group is even numbered, or all tandems and a single if its odd numbered. Other things to note My kayak tour is fun and safe for all ages and skill levels! If your desired date & time is not available, do not hesitate to find us at www.paradiseadventuresfl.com or by calling (941) 275-2971!
E-Bike Myakka State Park Wildlife Tour
Situated just 9 miles East of Siesta Key, Myakka River State Park is a sprawling wildlife wonderland that epitomizes "Old Florida" beauty. Our beaches are undeniably breathtaking but most locals will agree: Myakka is a must! On this E-bike adventure we are pretty much guaranteed to see tons of alligators (from a safe distance), deer, numerous types of birds and plant life and possibly even wild boar! My favorite attraction, the canopy walk, allows you to walk on a suspension bridge thru the tree tops to the other end where you can go up another 40 ft., leading you to the most jaw-dropping view you'll encounter this trip. We meet in the parking lot just past the ranger's station (immediately to your left) near the park's entrance (13208 St. Rd. 72) but from there our options are endless! Smooth paved trails, grassy savanna, swampy marsh, nice and easy beginner trails up to a bit more rugged, off the beaten path trails, Myakka has it all! Our bikes average about 40-55 miles per battery charge so we are able to see more of the park than you'd be able to get to otherwise. We provide plenty of photos so this is sure to be an experience you won't soon forget! Other things to note We've thought of pretty much anything you could need! There is a $5 per car park admission fee that is not included but goes to a great cause.
Electric Paddle Board and Dolphin Tour in St Pete
Join us on a one-of a-kind electric paddle board adventure to Shell Key Preserve. Electric paddle board a.k.a. eSUP comes with a Bixpy Jet motor and allows us to go farther, see more and have a blast while cruising around! We typically go 4-6 mph, keep your eyes open for dolphins, manatees, cormorants and other wildlife. On the tour we will complete a 3-mile loop around the preserve, stopping at the pristine beach with crystal clear water for a 15-minute break. Why sit in a kayak, when you can stand up and truly take in all the beauty around you. Whether it is your first time or you are a seasoned pro - we promise you will have a great time exploring Shell Key with our guides. Our boards are what we call "Cruiser Boards" and are very wide and stable. If you've been wanting to give paddleboarding a try, you came to the right place. Motorized paddle board adventure is great for couples and friends, great for groups, great for team building, great for teams.
Dolphin and Nature Cruise Jug Creek
You will board my spacious 26-ft World Cat at the Jug Creek Marina. We will head west on the Creek which is lined with mangrove and habitat of dolphin, manatee, herons, egrets and osprey. Along the way we pass under the Stringfellow Road Bridge and pass the Lazy Flamingo restaurant. Further along we enter Back Bay and transit Dead Man"s Curve. You will view the beautiful mansion on Little Bokeelia Island which was built in 1902 by the famous battery magnate, Charles Burgess. When we exit the Creek we enter Pine Island Sound and the vista is amazing: Useppa Island, Cayo Costa, and the Boca Grande Pass. We will return to the Marina via Charlotte Harbor and Shell Cut. You will be amazed at the beauty of Charlotte Harbor and learn about the history, geography and wildlife. On the cruise back you can look out for dolphins, and enjoy relaxing music. Other things to note This experience will involve getting into and out of a boat at a dock.