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Birdwatching here is great any time of year. Choose your tour!

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc offers packages for nature lovers, bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and everyone in between. The corridor between Tampa, Orlando, Merritt Island and Daytona Beach is fantastic for bird watching and this is exactly where our birding tours take place! Florida is the migratory path for many birds and you will have the ability to get up close and personal with them through our guided birding tours. It's like going on a Christmas Bird Count but we get to do it all year long. Bring your binoculars, it's a beautiful sight!

Our lead guide Kenny is an avid birder with an exceptional eye for finding them. Whether you are a beginner or experienced Bird Watcher we offer both traditional birding tours and birding by kayak tours. Our kayaks are well suited for the aquatic preserves we travel and these extremely stable vessels are the perfect platform for a relaxing guided birding tour. Come; discover Florida's wildlife and take home memories that will last a lifetime!

We offer 5 kayak birding tours that can be booked online below and 2 traditional birding tours.

"The Gardens" is a traditional birding tour that is 1.5 hours. It offers a walk through a wetland area where some of the favorite sights are Purple Gallinules, Limpkins, Anhingas and others that thrive in these freshwater marshes. This birders paradise tour is $32.00 per person plus tax and is wheelchair accessible.

"The Uplands" is a traditional hiking tour. It is 2-3 hours of hiking with the Florida Scrub-Jays, Cardinals, Red-headed Woodpeckers and others that frequent scrub oak hammocks and upland sand pine areas. This birding tour is $64.00 per person plus tax.

For additional info or to book your traditional birding tour please call our office at 352-589-7899 or email us.
                    
St. Johns River I or II 
This river which is a paradise for wildlife was once the byway for commerce in Central Florida. Goods and services were brough to the area via the St Johns by Paddle Wheel boats. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles and many other species also nest here and call this place home. This is a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour!

Wekiva River I or II 
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Pileated Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Kite, Tri-colored & Green Heron as well as many other waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. We are able to do a 2-3 hour or 4-5 hour tour here.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00 or $94.00 
Exceptionally scenic! Silver Springs, the headwaters of the Silver River, is the second largest spring in Florida. Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the eel-grass swaying on the bottom. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but a first magnitude spring makes the trip back a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; Otters, many of Florida's wading birds, Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night Herons, Anhingas, Cormorants, Raccoons and much more. See giant garfish, armored catfish, bowfin and maybe even a monkey or 12. This is a beautiful 4-5 or 6-7 hour paddle!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Recommended $94.00  
Click here to book your Silver River Birding Tour 


Winter Manatee Tour I or II 
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. This is a great doubleheader! During this exceptional tour you'll explore the back bays of the St Johns River for Birding and have the opportunity to meet the Manatees as well. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00 or $94.00
Click here to choose your Manatee and Birding Tours


We have packages for ages 5 years and older & all of our tours are booked by reservation. 












Tri-colored Heron
Bad Hair Day!
Limpkin

Florida Scrub Jay

Oh, much better - Thank You!

Paddling with an American Bittern, Purple Gallinule and a few Manatees... life is good










We were all bundled up on the St Johns River this morning. It’s March 15th; the temp is in the 40’s with a strong North wind but Hey at least we’re not shoveling snow! Hanging close to the tree line we found some calm water and so did the wildlife. It was a banner day for the birds! We saw Limpkins, Purple Gallinules, nesting Sandhill Cranes, American Bittern, Snowy and Great Egrets, Bald Eagles, Great and Little Blue Herons just to name a few. We found a large Alligator out sunning and a few Turtles as well. A Red-shouldered Hawk tried to rob a Limpkin of his Apple Snail and that caused quite the ruckus. It’s always fun to watch the movie Mother Nature has put together for us. The Manatees had come back to the river due to the cold front and we had a few good encounters. Today was nature at its best!

Taking a break from the snow, doing a little Birding in Central Florida






















It was a wonderland of Nature on the Wekiva River this morning. Alice and Mary Jo are down from MN for a few days of paddling and we couldn’t have ordered a more perfect day. There were Anhingas every hundred yards perched on overhanging branches, Great Egrets silently stalking their prey and groups of White Ibis probing the shallow vegetation. Little Blue, Great Blue, Tri-colored and Green Herons were out looking for brunch as were the Limpkins. The new leaves are popping on the Red Maples, Sweet Gum, Pop Ash and Elm Trees and the Red Maples are dropping their whirly-whirl seeds. The Air Plants are in bloom and it was a stunning place to be. We feel truly blessed to have this in our back yard!

A little Manatee action and some Birding action too! Kayaking the St Johns River Jan 4, 2017














We got out early on the St Johns River and it was flat as a pancake. We saw a small ripple around the weed line and then a giant Manatee appeared. He raised his back a little as he fed on the abundant vegetation and as we watched him from a distance you could hear him breathe - it was so cool! The birds are everywhere… Bald Eagles, Red-shouldered Hawks, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Glossy and White Ibis, Anhingas, Cormorants, the Herons, Egrets and many more. As the sun came out from behind the clouds the reptiles came out too. The Turtles were out sunning and we got to see a few Alligators sunning. One had his head stuck up in the bushes but that tail is unmistakable. The temps reached the mid-70s today and as we enjoyed the sunshine it occurred to me what a pleasure Florida is in the Winter!