Choose Your Birding Tour Here! Bird watching in Central Florida is great any time of year...

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc offers guided tours for bird watchers, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, photographers and everyone in between. The corridor between Tampa, Orlando 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 bird watching 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!

When it comes to bird watching tours near Orlando our lead guide Kenny is an authority on Central Florida's rare and tropical birds. He is an enthusiastic birder with an exceptional eye for finding them. Whether you are a beginner or experienced bird watcher we offer both traditional bird watching tours on land 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 bird watching tour. Come; discover Florida's Birdlife and take home memories that last a lifetime!
The Boardwalk 
This is a traditional land based bird watching tour that is 1.5 hours long and wheelchair accessible. Spend your morning exploring a wetland area to view some of Florida's rare and tropical birds. Visit with the Purple Gallinules, Limpkins, Anhingas and others that thrive in these freshwater marshes.
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $32.00

The Uplands 
This bird watching tour offers the best of both worlds uplands and wetlands. It is a 2-3 hour walk which starts on a high ridge. Here you can experience woodland birds such as Pileated Woodpeckers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Cardinals. Then we'll meander down to a protected preserve where the indigenous and tropical Limpkins and Anhingas thrive. Being close to Orlando makes this tour a Birder's favorite
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00
Book The Uplands Bird Watching Tour 

St. Johns River I or II 
This river is a great place to go bird watching by kayak. A wildlife paradise it was once the byway for commerce in Central Florida. Goods and services were brought to the area via the St Johns by Paddle Wheel boats. Several springs and tributaries join in to create habitats for birds of all kinds. The Swallow-tailed Kites, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants and many other bird species nest here and call this place home. This is a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour!
Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary $64.00 or $94.00
Book Your 2-3 hour St Johns River Bird Watching Tour

Book the 4-5 hour St Johns Birding Tour

Wekiva River I or II 
This wildlife filled river was at one time home of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker and it's a great birding spot. As we kayak this pristine waterway we'll have the chance to see Great Egrets, American Bitterns, Pileated Woodpeckers, Swallow-tailed Kites, Little Blue, Tri-colored & Green Herons as well as many of the other waterfowl that flourish on this wild and scenic river. 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 and it's loaded with Mother Nature's treasures! Fantastic for birders you’ll have a chance to see many of Florida's wading birds as well as Red-shouldered Hawks, Barred Owls, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night Herons, Anhingas, Cormorants and much more. Home of the world famous Rhesus Macaque Monkeys you'll have a chance to see them too! This is a beautiful 4-5 hour bird watching tour!
Level of Difficulty: Previous Kayaking Experience Recommended $94.00  
Book Your Silver River Bird Watching 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
Book your combo Manatee and Birding Tours

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

The illusive American Bittern #BirdingWithKenny

Some of the Best Birding Tours near Disney World are via a Kayak


Susan and Kenny set out on a birding and wildlife expedition on the Wekiva River for Birders I Tour and hit the jackpot! Launching their kayaks from Katie's Landing State Park which is part of the Lower Wekiva River Preserve near Sanford, FL they paddled up stream for a bit then headed to the wilder side. Juvenile Little Green Herons are now being taught how to fish, Mottled Duck and Whistling Duck babies are perusing the river. Ospreys are teaching their young to forage for themselves and the River Turtles were out sunning. There were a few Alligators napping in the sunshine too. The Limpkins chicks have grown into adults but the Wild Turkey chicks are still bumping around on the ground. Watching the Tri-colored Heron dance for the fish was a "let's just stop here for a moment" moment! Once around the corner of the old River Haven Fish Camp the Wekiva becomes truly wild. Bastard Indigo is now in bloom, Apple Snails Eggs are being laid and the Red-Shouldered Hawk came out to say hello. Some of the best bird watching tours near Disney World are truly via a kayak #BirdingWithKenny!

Photos compliments of Susan Roach
June 7, 2018 Jenny Boyd 
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Birders and Nature Lovers alike will find this interesting!

Living in Central Florida you have to be creative in the Summer time to avoid the heat so we planted trees! Because we are nature freaks we started a blog years ago called Trees are Good. We log the difference in temperature between our yard (the Tunnel of Trees pic on the top) and our pasture (Not a Tunnel of Trees pic on the bottom :-). Today’s findings... 
Trees Are Good!!!

Bird Watching Tours near Mt Dora, FL

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc
"As we kayaked down the Dora Canal with binoculars in hand the chatter of the rookery caught our attention. High above in the ancient Cypress Trees the Anhingas have given birth and the youngsters are learning to fly. Limpkins, Great Egrets, Cormorants, Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored and Little Blue Herons, Prothonotary Warblers were all spotted this morning on our leisurely bird watching tour near Mt Dora. Dora Canal is a great place for wildlife viewing and we saw so much while #BirdingWithKenny."

Located in Lake County, Florida the Dora Canal is a beautiful waterway in Tavares that joins Lake Eustis and Lake Dora. There are several ways to access the Dora Canal. You can do this via the boat tours in Mt Dora, go paddle boarding with Katrina, rent a pontoon boat in Tavares or check availability for the Dora Canal guided kayak tour.

Whichever way you choose to see the Dora Canal it is definitely worth the visit!

Photos compliments of Stan & Paula Brady
May 7, 2018 Jenny Boyd 
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Take Your Kids on a Birding Tour with a Twist

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc

Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc
When a customer books a birding tour by kayak and we know children are going to be with us we get so excited. Kids take to kayaking like they've been doing it all their lives and they love it! Introducing kids to the wildlife is our passion. Our parents did that for us and it teaches an immense amount of appreciation for Mother Nature. She can be your best friend in times when you think you have no other.

After all... who better to take on a birding tour than your kids? They will be the ones caring for the Earth when we're gone so share it with the next generation! They will love you for it!! We call it our birding tour with a twist and can't thank you parents enough for sharing yours and your children's time with Us at Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc. #BirdingWithKenny

April 17, 2018 Jenny Boyd 
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Bird Watching Tours near Daytona

Whether a novice or expert birder you are sure to add a few to your life list on the bird watching tours near Daytona with Central Florida Nature Adventures. They call it Bird Watching with a Twist and provide birding tours near Daytona on foot or via kayak. Want to know more? Check out their Central Florida Bird Watching Tours. 

Just outside Daytona Beach is the St Johns River. The St Johns is one of the slowest moving rivers in the world and has some of the best bird watching in the entire Daytona Beach area. Their lead guide Kenny is an avid birder and the #1 rated birding guide near Daytona so you will be in great hands. As you can see he'll show you lots of other wildlife too! To check availability for this particular tour go to #BirdingWithKenny

When is the best time of year to go Birding near Orlando?

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5 Reasons why March and April are some of the best times of year to go Birding near Orlando...  

1. Our Central Florida birds are donning their breeding plumage and it's a wonderfully beautiful sight!
2. They are pairing up, chasing each other around and acting silly; bird comedy at its best that puts a smile on your face.

3. The sounds of the birds calling to each other creates a safari like atmosphere that happens no other time of year.

4. Nest building time means lots of birds out flying around picking up materials and it is happening right in front of us.
5. The baby birds are learning to fledge which creates an explosion of Central Florida birds we get to see, count and add to your life list!

For the ultimate experience birding near Orlando grab your binoculars and head out for a guided tour #BirdingWithKenny of Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc.

We offer guided bird watching hikes, birding tours by kayak and are the number 1 ranked guide service for birding near Orlando.

More of a "bird watching by car" person? Check out...

Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island - open year round sunrise to sunset.

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive in Apopka - open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays sunrise to 1 hour before sunset.

February 28, 2018 Jenny Boyd - Photo compliments of Ed Hampson
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Join the 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 16 - 19, 2018! Learn More...

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Last year there were over 160,000 participants which created the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded. The GBBC or Great Backyard Bird Count is a fun way for everyone in the entire world to help The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and The Audubon Society expand their understanding of birds, how to protect them and the environment we share.

Count for as little as 15 minutes in your own backyard or where ever you might be and report what you see.

It's easy just go to, add your location and upload your findings. You can also use the eBird app created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. You don't have to be a birder to join in on the #GBBC and they will even help you identify the bird if you don't know what it is!

Photos compliments of Gerry Love, Ed Hampson and Nate Stonehouse

What to do when a life list bird shows up in your window!!

Kenny and I have been bird watching near Orlando for 14 years. We actually "bird" everywhere we go but living in Central Florida makes for easy birding. All of my days #BirdingWithKenny I've always kept an eye out for the illusive Painted Bunting. I've hiked to where they were spotted several times with no success.

Today I looked out the kitchen window and noticed a beautiful little green and yellow bird. Hmm I've never seen that before I wonder what that is. My brain started the process of elimination... then the male flew in! I totally freaked out and became a statue in the window.

"What do I do??? There is a pair of Painted Buntings in my kitchen window!!!" It took me 30 seconds to even think about grabbing a camera. So next time one of your life list birds shows up in your window take it all in for a moment and then GRAB YOUR CAMERA & share!

Lake May Reserve is the Featured Orlando Birding Hot Spot

Lake May Reserve is located at 36300 County Road 44A, Eustis, FL and is a great place for birding. This past Sunday we were out #BirdingWithKenny and found Cardinals, a Red-headed Woodpecker - which was a total surprise - Pileated Woodpeckers, Gray Catbirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Carolina Wrens and down by the lake there were Great Blue Herons, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a flock of White Ibis. Lake County Water Authority has put a ton of work into this 136 acre park. Lake May Reserve was private property; an orange grove, wooded area and the old King Grove cabin. It is now a beautiful hiking trail and birding hot spot. They took out the invasive trees and created a 2.4 mile hiking loop. So for todays featured Orlando Birding Hotspot may we introduce you to Lake May Reserve!