Adventure is out there; you just have to paddle to it. Florida, with all its nautical destinations, is heaven on Earth for kayakers. The key is finding the topmost incredible places that will truly take your breath away. These six scenic spots are the best Florida kayaking trips across the state.

There's no better time than summer to get out on the water — they don't call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Escape the city, rent a kayak or canoe, and make waves on your journey through bright blue waters. The best part is you can always hop in and cool off.

There are endless places to discover and explore in the state. Some of the prime spots are Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Oleta River State Park, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Juniper Run, Indian Key Historic State Park, and Wekiwa Springs.

These special waterways offer stunning views plus adventurous twists and turns that will make you feel like you're on a safari. Choose your favorite and get out there and paddle for a unique experience in Florida. 

Wekiwa Springs

Price: $6 per vehicle

Address: 1800 Wekiwa Cir., Apopka, FL

Why You Need To Go: This peaceful spring is the picture of serenity. Hop in a canoe and paddle gently through the hammock forest and let all your worries wash away. 

Indian Key Historic State Park

Price: $2.50 per person

Address: Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL

Why You Need To Go: Indian Key is a remote island with a long history dating back centuries. Today it's a ghost town, offering a quiet nature escape to paddlers. 

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Price: $6 per vehicle

Address: 3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Why You Need To Go: If you're in South Florida, then put this place on your kayaking bucket list. You'll float through massive Banyan trees that look like you're in Pandora. 

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Price: $13 per person

Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL

Why You Need To Go: This incredible place offers kayaking that will give you all the jungle adventure vibes. You can explore these crystal-clear waters for hours and never get bored. 

Oleta River State Park

Price: $6 per vehicle

Address: 3400 N.E. 163rd St., North Miami Beach, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can kayak through mangrove tunnels at this pretty state park that only a half-hour from Miami. This natural spot is the perfect antidote to city blues. 

Juniper Run

Price: $6 launch fee, $12 fee if you bring your own canoe or kayak

Address: 26701 FL-40, Astor, FL

Why You Need To Go: This spring run in Ocala National Forest has beautiful blue water and lush green palms. Bring your kayak and zip down this flowing run for an unforgettable afternoon.

Paddle more and worry less this summer. These thrilling journeys will cure your restlessness and rejuvenate your mind and soul. Find a kayaking buddy and get going. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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