The best part of kayaking is the exhilaration of exploration, up until you realize the difficulty of paddling through pudding in your bathtub and must face yourself in the mirror. Take to real waters with today's Groupon to Kayak Nature Adventures in Gulfport. Choose between the following options:
• For $22, you get a full-day single kayak rental (a $45 value).
• For $27, you get a full-day double kayak rental (a $55 value).
Kayak Nature Adventures launches paddlers on full-day kayaking excursions through the waters of Clam Bayou Nature Preserve. Paddlers of all experience levels hop on the comfy, sit-on-top kayaks after an optional tutorial by the experienced staff and sea-grizzled guide Kurt Zuelsdorf. Accompanied by paddles, flotation devices, and a detailed map of the area, aquatic navigators glide along the shallow one-mile throughway to Gulfport Beach, where they can browse nearby shops or set up a picnic. The nature preserve's designation as an estuary allows visitors to spot myriad fish during the four- to five-hour expedition, and the kayak's spacious compartments can house a small cooler or picture books to read to inquisitive manatees.
Kayak Nature Adventures
From the moment seasoned nature tour guide Kurt Zuelsdorf first dipped his paddle into Clam Bayou, he knew the mangrove estuary would be the right place to set his kayak tours. But there was a catch—a garbage dump’s worth of rusting shopping carts and waterlogged plastic bags was strewn about the waterway. Undeterred, Kurt hit upon a clever cleanup strategy: people could launch his fleet of kayaks for free, so long as they toted a bag of garbage out of the bayou with them.
Numerous grants, media attention, and awards later, Kurt’s waterway cleanup program has reached its final stages. Now, kayakers and paddlers can freely navigate the mangrove channels, nabbing sights of manatees, herons, and tugboat captains hopelessly lost in the mangroves. An avid nature enthusiast who has kayaked waterways from Wisconsin to Florida, Kurt prizes Clam Bayou, citing the diversity of wildlife along the one-mile stretch. “It’s not like the zoo,” he says. “Every time you hit the water, it’s a completely different experience.”
3030 Miriam St. S
Gulfport, Florida 33707