Kayaking in the Florida Everglades

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Kayaking in the Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades are a combination of salt water and fresh water, where the ocean flows into the rivers. This unusual mix makes it a home to unique flora and fauna. Interestingly, both crocodiles and alligators call this home due to  the unusual water salinity. 

Our adventure begins at Everglades National Park.  The kayaking expedition is lead by a certified naturalist kayaking guide who is an expert in the fragility of the Everglades ecology and her inhabitants. 


First thing, we need to kit out and review kayaking safety tips, before setting off to explore the exotic beauty of the Mangrove Forest.  Safety First! There are options to join a group that is appropriate for either beginner and experienced kayakers.

As we paddle out to the Mangrove forest, we have time to get our kayaking skills honed. Navigating with a single or two-person kayak can take some agility and practice. The goal is to not be the person that gets stuck!

As we approach, the enormity of the forest in the water gives you the feeling of being a tiny part in the grand scheme.

When we enter the Mangrove jungle, her canopie covers us in a leafy ceiling cutting out the sunshine.  As we glide silently through the fascinating vegetitative tunnels the trees form, it feels as if we are entering a forbidden, medevil world.   Ever so quietly, as not to wake the forest, our guide brings the history of the Everglades alive. 

It is exciting to search for manatees, dolphins and sea turtles in the tranquil water. Then switch gears and with eyes to the shoreline, search for marsh birds like osprey, bald eagles, herons and egrets. Of course the most exciting attraction is the sun basking alligators.  The most terrifying is seeing just gator eyes barely above the waterline. Staring at you. Unbliking!

Those eyes!

If you glide quietly, you might catch a glimps of some land animals, including black bears, red wolves, panthers, bobcats, deer, and flamingos in their natural habitat.  

We haul up our kayak on one of the many land outcroppings, which gives us a chance to get our land legs back with a walk through the marsh. While our guide is explaining the habitate of the land animals that live here, we marvel in this desolate, beautiful wilderness. While munching on a picnic lunch, we are mesmerized by the soft buzzing sounds echoing off the water.

Blue Heron

Protecting the Florida Everglades is an ongoing project. We need to keep this natural beauty in it’s raw state so we can enjoy complete immersion in the beauty of living on the water.

If you are interested in Kayaking in the Everglades, consider this tour through Viatour.


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15 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    This looks amazing and scary at the same time.

  2. Leigh Ann says:

    Gorgeous pictures! Even the alligator, which is also terrifying.

  3. Tricia Snow says:

    I love your photos. I am not sure I am comfortable being in a kayak with the Gators. I have heard stories! Lol

  4. Ramae Hamrin says:

    Those are some gorgeous photos! I would love to kayak through the Everglades!

  5. Becky says:

    It sounds like yall had a great time. I love the pictures. My 9 year old went kayaking for the first time a few weeks ago and he is hooked.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Your pictures are amazing – not certain how close i would want to be to the water and the gators!

  7. Michele says:

    Exhilarating and scary…at the same time. Is that possible? I think so! Great pictures.

  8. I love Florida, but have never been to the Everglades. I think it would be such an interesting visit. And yes, it is so important to protect it on so many levels.

  9. Monica says:

    This looks really cool but I would be terrified lol. My husband on the other hand would be the first to want to go

  10. T.M. Brown says:

    This is something my husband would absolutely LOVE to do – so I’m going to have to keep this in mind. However, I won’t lie ~ a little on the nervous side over here. (gulp)

  11. jen says:

    wow it looks like a great expereince

  12. Cindy says:

    I had no idea one could kayak in the Everglades! Does that mean alligators and crocodiles are so accustomed to people that they don’t approach?

  13. Katie says:

    Oh my goodness. This looks so fun! I can’t imagine looking over and just seeing a set of gator eyes staring at me.

  14. Pauline says:

    My husband will kayak anywhere!! He would love this.

  15. Jane says:

    Amazing photos & I love kayaking but I’m terrified of the alligators. You my friend is amazing to have the courage to do it!👏🏼

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