Kayaking in Gainesville

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With an inventory of canoes and kayaks—as well as a choice launch point on the banks of the Santa Fe River – Santa Fe Canoe Outpost is a starting point for a wide range of aquatic daytrips. There are adventures of varying length, from the 7-mile down-river trip to Rum Island, to multi-day canoe-camping trips to their furthest destination, 39 miles away. Gliding down the river, paddlers may spy some of Florida's famous springs, including the Poe, Devil's Eye, or Lilly, or can peer back at nocturnal wildlife on one of the monthly Full Moon trips. At the conclusion of each outing, a Canoe Outpost team member arrives to safely transport both guests and vessels back to home base.

2025 Northeast Santa Fe Boulevard
High Springs,
FL
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Featured in the Gainesville Sun, the Adventure Club of Gainesville seeks to unite adventure seekers from Alachua County and beyond under a common umbrella or tightly springing bungee cord. People who feel alone in their passion for athletic endeavors can connect with like-minded mates during meet and greets and expand their social networks while partaking in various jaunts both indoors and out.

7817 Southwest 95th Lane
Gainesville,
FL
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Anderson's Outdoor Adventure offers canoe and kayak rentals at Manatee Springs State Park, Fanning Springs State Park, and the Santa Fe River. Its camping, biking, and swimming services get people interacting with nature up-close.

Anderson's Outdoor Adventures, LLC 4060 SW County RD 232
Bell,
FL
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Rum138 combines every mermaid's favorite things: beautiful hair and beautiful water. Part paddle-sports rentals, part salon services, the hybrid business covers a wide array of needs. Customers can rent a kayak or canoe and explore the Sante Fe River?Rum138 will drop them off at the river's edge and pick them up?or stop in for a professional cut and color with licensed cosmetologist Merrillee. Then customers can grab an ice cream or soda from the snack shop.

2070 SW County Road 138
Fort White,
FL
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Each sculled excursion includes paddles, life vests, bottles of water, a snack, and a waterproof color map.

1326 SE US Highway 19
Crystal River,
FL
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With help from a staff of paddleboarders, surfers, environmental scientists, and a dog named Dillon, Kayak Amelia founders Jody and Ray Hetchka combine their love for outdoor sports with environmental conservation. Ray, a certified naturalist and self-described tree hugger, peppers guided kayak, bicycle, and paddleboard eco tours with facts on flora, fauna, and all the best smells circulating throughout the island's delicate ecosystem. In addition to guided tours, Kayak Amelia teaches paddleboard and kayak lessons, and leads fishing trips and overnight kayak excursions. Guests can sign up for tours, or rent equipment for the day, at Kayak Amelia's storefront, Y.B. Green's General Store, which carries eco-friendly gifts such as beeswax candles, carved bone necklaces, and clay-dyed clothing.

13030 Heckscher Dr
Jacksonville,
FL
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