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Paddle the Mangroves & Seagrass Meadows

Paddle mangroves and seagrass meadows in Biscayne National Park

Quick Details

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start Time: 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Age Limits: Age 6 and older on shared trips, 3 and older on private.

Adult to Child ratio: 1 adult 18+ per 1 child shared trips, 1 adult 18+ per 2 children on private trips

Cost: Shared trips $39 Ages 12+, Child $19 Ages 6-11,   Private booking up to 6 people $189. Large private trip 6 to 10 people  $249

This is a semi-guided kayaking experience using open sit-on-top double kayaks.

See Keeping You Safe from COVID-19 for additional information before you book.


Explore Biscayne National Park’s watery trails!

Join our Naturalist in exploring the mangroves and seagrass meadows on a kayak! Biscayne National Park boasts one of the longest contiguous stretches of mangrove shoreline left on the United States’ eastern shoreline and are considered a vulnerable habitat. Mangroves are home to many birds, tree crabs, the mangrove snake, juvenile fish, and several rare and endangered species of flora and fauna.

Your program will be led by naturalist for the first 30 minutes and then you will be able to paddle on your own for the next hour. The naturalist will show you where to watch for interesting wildlife and tell you about what you may see.  Your guide will also give pointers on how to enter and exit your boat, how to use your paddle efficiently, and how to stay safe on the water.

Be Prepared:

Protective foot wear required,  flip-flops are not permitted.

On shared bookings there must be at least one adult per double kayak with no more than 1 child. Private bookings can have up to 2 children per adult in a double kayak or canoe.

Remember to bring your insect repellent, sun-glasses, sun-hat, sun-screen, water-shoes, dry bag, water, and snacks.  If you forget anything, these items are sold in our park store. Do not bring anything you do not want to get wet!

Important Medical and Liability Release Information and Waivers for Paddling:

Online waivers will be sent with the booking confirmation. No printing necessary. You can even complete the waivers on your phone! Adults over the age of 18 must complete and submit their own waiver. Minors ages 17 and younger must have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit a waiver on behalf of the minor. For paddling activities there are separate waivers for adults and minors, please be sure you are completing the appropriate waiver. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. To complete the waiver process, you will need to confirm your email address through and email that will be sent by Smartwaiver.

Paddling is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is relatively safe. However, there are certain medical conditions that increase risk. If you have a medical condition described on the Medical Statement or any other condition that would be contrary to safe participation in any in-water activities, you must provide documentation that you sought the advice of a physician prior to engaging in paddling activities.

Physician Release


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