Birdwatching here is great any time of year!

Central Florida Nature Adventures, LLC offers packages for birders, naturalists, photographers, paddlers and everyone in between. Florida is the migratory path for many birds and we have the ability to get up close and personal with them through our guided kayak tours.

There are many springs and rivers that flow through Central Florida, some of which parallel wildlife sanctuaries that are stopping points for many of the migratory birds both high land and low land.

Our guides are well versed in the plant and animal life that roams this great state. We invite you to join us as we guide you on an Eco journey that will introduce you to many of our feathered friends. Bring your binoculars, it's a beautiful sight! Central Florida Nature Adventures, LLC will facilitate a trip that you are sure to enjoy! All of our tours are booked by reservation, so feel free to contact us at jenniferkayaks@yahoo.com or 352-589-7899.

We also offer a vacation rental home, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 4 & a few more. Close to Disney, Daytona, the Ocala National Forest and Mt Dora. The home offers a beautiful natural setting, centrally located and close enough to enjoy it all. Ask us about reservations, we'll be happy to accommodate you or visit http://www.backtonaturevacationrentals.com/ for more information.

Need transportation? We can help, all inclusive round trip transportation charters are available from International Drive and the Disney area.

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Choose from many different birding tours or create your own!

St. Johns River
This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by Paddle Wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. 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. A relaxing 2-3 hour tour!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00

Wekiva River
Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Pileated Woodpecker, Swallow-tailed Kite, Tricolored & 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.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00 or $90.00 depending on the tour you choose

Lil’ Amazon
Come paddle one of Lake County’s hidden gems. This river lazily takes you back in time. With Emeralda Island Bird Sanctuary to the East and Lake Griffin to the West, it’s a wildlife odyssey. All forms of wading birds make this area home for the winter. Look close for rarities such as Black Crowned Night Herons, Limpkins, White Pelicans, Wood Storks and maybe even a Purple Gallinule, they are all here! Bald Eagles, Red Tailed and Red Shouldered Hawks and Owls of all sorts are often seen as well. If you want to see the other Florida, this is it! This is a great 2-3 or 4-5 hour trip!!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00 or $90.00

Silver River
Exceptionally scenic! Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the bottom at any depth. 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, wading birds, hawks, owls, raccoons, wild pigs and 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: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done $90.00 or $125.00 

Photographers Tour

This is a tour for the serious photographer. We have the ability to access some of the most pristine waterways early in the morning and late in the evening when photo taking is at it's best. So, for the photographer who wants to hire a guide for the day, we offer a package that includes being introduced to the wildlife and waters in our tandem kayak. You paddle very little if at all, let the guide take you to the birds and you take the photographs!
Half day $150.00 Full day $300.00

Winter Manatee Tour (Nov - Mar only)
Winter in Florida is a magical time. The Manatee comes inland to bask in the 72 degree waters of Florida's beautiful springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! This is a very nice 2-3 hour tour.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $60.00

We have packages for ages 5 and above and all of our tours are booked by reservation. The prices listed here are per person, just add the tax and we are good to go.


To prepare for your excursion, here is a quick checklist of items you will need to bring:
1. Binoculars / Camera
2. Your lunch (depending upon trip time and duration)
3. Non-alcoholic beverages
4. Sun block and maybe a hat
5. Sun glasses
6. Proper attire and water shoes (old sneakers will do just fine)
Also, it's always good to dress in layers. That is a great way to maximize your comfort.
During the warmer months, you might want to bring an extra set of clothes with you and a towel. That way you are prepared if you decide to cool off in the water.

Your guide will provide:
A cooler with ice packs to store your lunch and beverages, dry bags, a first aid kit, drinking water, the kayaks, paddles, PFD (life jackets), narration and education of Florida's diverse flora and fauna, some peace & quiet and a great time!

Restrictions: There are no alcoholic beverages allowed on our tours...there is plenty of time for that afterwards! Relax and enjoy Florida’s Natural settings… your body and brain will thank you!








Tri-colored Heron
Bad Hair Day!
Limpkin

Florida Scrub Jay

Oh, much better - Thank You!

Silver River on April Fool's Day 2014...birding at it's best ;-)







Paddling the Silver River with Larry and Barb we found our first pair of Prothonotary Warblers fresh in from Central America. They are always a treat with there bright yellow coloring. We also had a Barred Owl stop overhead and give us a look. When we stopped for lunch at the horseshoe, a Cormorant came up and swam around the kayaks...he was fishing. With the clear water, we could see his every move. We got to see lots of Turtles, a few Gators, a juvenile Black Crowned Night Heron learning to feed, Limpkins and Anhingas. The Blue Flag Iris is blooming along with the Cardinal Flower, Pickerel Weed, Spider Lily and Goldenrod.  It was a clear Spring day and we were happy to be celebrating April 1st.

Rock Springs Run's Big Birding Surprise March 13, 2014






Wow, Rock Springs Run is known for it's scenic beauty but today the birds gave us a big surprise. The Swallow-tailed Kites are now here, fresh from South America. We saw 12 Great Egrets all together looking to pair up, the White Ibis are decorated with their bright red bills and legs, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Limpkins and Osprey were all present and accounted for. We had a big male Wild Turkey fly out of a tree right in front of us and as we looked up there was a Wood Stork circling overhead. We caught a glimpse of 2 North American River Otters, a few small Alligators and tons of Turtles were out sunning as well. The sky was that Spring time blue color, the river nice and clear and the trees are bursting with shades of green. It was a great day to be on the river!

It's that time of year again! February 2014









 
Birding is heating up along with the temperatures. The sun was out in full force and it was over 80 degrees today. All our feathered friends are starting to phase into their breeding plumage and the colors are fantastic. The Anhingas have their full blown "green eye" and head feathers going and the Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons are becoming fluffy too. The Manatees were moving up and down the river looking for a bite to eat and it's always nice to see them. The Wood Stork was still hanging around in Snake Creek and a pair of Barred Owls came in to say hello. It was a lovely day to be on the river!

Birding in the swamps of Florida January 23, 2014





Thursday 1/23/14 was another banner birding day. Near freezing night time temps really bring the birds out the next day. With the sun warming things up and the clear blue sky, we headed out with binoculars in hand. We had the pleasure of seeing the Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Great Egrets, White Ibis, Snowy Egrets, Little Blues and Black Crowned Night Herons. There were lots of Great Blue Herons, Anhingas, Vultures and Cormorants out too. At the Manatee spot, we had a few nice encounters and there are over 300 in the spring run now. After a quick paddle up Snake Creek, we decided it was time to head back. Just 1 thing was missing though... and then... up in the tallest tree, there he was... the sentinel, the Bald Eagle. After we saw him, we spied 2 young Bald Eagles learning how to live their lives. It was a great day to be on the river!

Kayaking with the Manatees January 10, 2014







As we started off around the island we got to see the Cousins of the Rails, a Purple Gallinule, Coot and Common Moorhen all together, feeding on the Spadderdock, less that a foot from each other. Then the 6 Turkeys showed off for us. The Great Blue Herons are starting to sit on their nests now and the Anhingas are starting to pair up. The Male and Female are so pretty in contrast to each other and it's a nice sight to see them together. Up above there were two Red-shouldered Hawks raising cain and the Great Egrets, Snowy and Cattle Egrets and Little Blue Herons were also out fishing. There were lots of Manatees coming and going as they must come out into the main river to feed. There were a few Red-bellied Turtles and 2 little 2 foot Alligators sunning on Snake Creek and back to the Manatees spot we experienced several encounters. Such gentle giants, we're glad to have them here as our Winter guests.

Paddling the Dora Canal December 6, 2013

These first 6 photos are some that Uwe took and shared with us, this is the epitome of Central Florida. Thanks Uwe!





Gloria on the Dora Canal
Uwe with a few River Cooter Turtles
Ken and the sunning Banded Water Snake
Uwe and a Banded Water Snake on the log behind him
Gloria and Phyllis
Uwe with a Male Anhinga
Barbara and the Marsh Fern
Ken with the Climbing Aster
Phyllis and her Dora Canal
Great Blue Heron with his wispy front
Anhinga drying out
A double header, a Great Blue Heron and an Anhinga
Little Blue Heron in the white phase
Ken and Barbara