When the river wizard cursed canoes by shrinking them, he didn't realize the resulting kayaks would one day plunge through his mouth and dock in his small intestine. Join the never-ending fight against aquatic madmen with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour, two-person kayak or canoe rental (up to a $40 value) at Cracker Creek Canoeing in Port Orange.
Cracker Creek Canoeing sends paddle partners gliding down Spruce Creek, a natural black-water stream whose banks teem with wildlife and blooming flora. Choose your vessel—a canoe ($30 value), two single kayaks ($40 value), or a tandem kayak ($30 value)—to float along during the two-hour meandering trip, and then enjoy an undisturbed glimpse into the pioneer age of Florida, as the stream winds through more than 2,000 acres of protected ecological treasures. Cracker Creek Canoeing rentals come with paddles and safety gear, allowing river-wranglers to leave their water wings at home.
Water wanderers can propel schooners through a rich bounty of habitats, including dense hardwood forests, coastal marshes, cypress swamps, and gaudily decorated bigfoot estates. Raccoons, bald eagles, and egrets scamper about the riverbanks, while turtles and the occasional manatee float effortlessly past. Post-trip, famished seafarers can pump fuel into empty stomach tanks with a meal at Cracker Creek Café, located on-site at the outdoor pavilion.
Cracker Creek Canoeing
One of the few undisturbed black-water streams still coursing through Florida, Spruce Creek teems with endangered wildlife flitting through placid waters and along its verdant shores. The outfitters at Cracker Creek Canoeing equip adventurers to explore those backwaters with kayaks, pontoons, and even hydro bikes, which chart courses through dense hardwood forests, cypress swamps, and coastal marshes. Additionally, Cracker Creek Canoeing’s launch point occupies a 20-acre 1930s homestead retrofitted with picnic tables, restrooms, and maps for hopelessly lost tugboat captains.