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Clear Kayaking in Central Florida: Back to Nature As a Family

Do you ever play tourist in your own city? Of course, we play that role quite a bit by visiting the theme parks, and finding the best that Orlando has to offer. However, sometimes the very best things to do in your town are just off the beaten path! By now, you know all about our love of National Parks! But we also have a love of any green spaces including state parks, city parks, and nature preserves. We recently had the chance to check out the best of natural Florida! Get Up and Go Kayaking offers clear kayaking tours of some of the best of Florida waterways in unique clear kayaks. It’s the perfect outdoor family activity!

Go Clear Kayaking in Central Florida!

What to Expect While Clear Kayaking

When we arrived at King’s Landing for our clear kayaking tour, we were cheerfully greeted by Ally, our tour guide. She introduced us to the kayaks, explained some basic safety information, and we figured out where we were all sitting. As a Mom, something I really appreciated about Get Up and Go Kayaking is that they don’t have a specific age requirement. Our whole family was welcomed and encouraged to participate! This made clear kayaking the perfect activity for our family, and even the little ones were so proud to help steer the kayak and make the journey.

First, our tour started with a mile and a half paddle upstream to near the headwaters of Kelly Springs. We took two breaks in our paddle upstream, and the kids loved swimming and playing in the crystal clear cool waters. We saw some fish, turtles, birds, and even a snake or two! During our tour, we did not see any alligators, but they are common in this part of Florida waterways. We would have loved to see some gators!

After our final stop near Kelly Park with some swimming and exploring, we headed back downstream in our clear kayaks. It was quite a nice change to mostly just have to steer instead of paddling upstream. The lighting was gorgeous and the weather was perfect! It was so beautiful to watch the water go by beneath my feet in the clear kayaks. It was such a unique and peaceful experience in nature, just 40 minutes from downtown Orlando. Who would imagine that so close to the International Drive hustle and bustle, we could be completely immersed in natural Florida.

Why Choose Get Up And Go Kayaking

Get Up and Go Kayaking offers several different locations all around Florida, from the East Coast, to the West Coast, and then also in Central Florida. You can check out their website to find all of the specific details like prices and times. From their site:

With our 100% clear kayaks you are sure to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience. We take you where there is a world of wonder around you, but also, under you!

The see-through kayaks enhance your visibility and will leave you speechless! (And not to forget, they make for a pretty sweet Instagram post)

We are Florida’s premiere clear kayak company! We take great pride in all of our amazing clear kayak adventures and we aim to give our guests the best memorable experience possible! With over 300 five-star reviews, we are a CLEAR winner! 

Get Up and Go Kayaking has very friendly and knowledgeable guides, clean and well maintained equipment, flexible and convenient schedules, and they provide a beautiful way to get back to nature as a family. You can’t go wrong with booking a tour!

Explore Natural Florida as a Family

There are so many beautiful natural locations in Central Florida, and exploring Rock Springs Run with Get Up and Go Kayaking is one of the best. There’s something so magical about being on the water. Watching my children’s faces as they navigated winding waterways, paddled their little hearts out, and swam with guppies, my heart could not be more thankful for the chance to explore this part of our Central Florida backyard.

As a homeschooling family, we love every opportunity to combine learning and playing. This as the perfect experience for that in a natural setting! We learned about the species of the waterways, the Springs, and all about kayaking. I would highly recommend this experience for a couple’s date day, a family outing, a field trip, or homeschooling group. Get Up and Go Kayaking is the perfect choice to introduce you to the beautiful Florida waters!

*We were provided with a complimentary guided tour in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

2 Comments

  • Megan

    Hi! This looks like a lot of fun. We are a homeschooling family and we are moving to central Florida in a few days! Do you happen to know of a list of must vist places for homeschoolers in the area?

    • amber

      Hi Megan! How exciting! Hmm… I don’t have an official list but that’s a great idea for a post! 😉 I’ve lived here my whole life, and love Central Florida so much, it would be easy to write. For now, be sure to visit my Instagram at @ambershimel because we visit a lot of awesome places for homeschoolers in the area. What are your kids ages?

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