Guided Kayak Ecotours
Paddle the backwaters of the Indian River Lagoon on our 2- hour Guided Kayak EcoTours. Join one of our certified Florida naturalists for a fascinating exploration through mangroves, salt marshes, oyster reefs and more. We offer tours from two locations as well as full moon tours. Basic kayak instruction and nature interpretation are included with each tour, as well as all necessary equipment. These tours are designed for all levels of paddlers with no experience required.
You can book in person, online, or over the phone at 386.428.4828; reservations for kayak tours are required at least a day in advance. Please check our online calendar to confirm dates/times as schedules are subject to change. All tours are weather permitting. Learn more about our COVID-19 precautions and policies
MDC Members receive a 10 percent discount on most tours.
All kayak participants must wear closed-toe shoes.
Participants are advised to bring water, sun protection (sunscreen, hat), bug spray, and a camera if desired.
Daily Kayak EcoTours
Paddle through our salt marsh and out into the backwaters of the Lagoon while scanning the water for dolphins and manatees, watching the shorelines and the skies for a variety of birds and learning about the distinctive salt-water plant life that thrives in the lagoon. Paddling a kayak offers a gentle way to view wildlife up close and to learn about the importance of an estuary.
Paddle out of Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park and experience the beauty of Browns Bay. Dolphins are a common sight, and the mangrove shorelines are alive with a multitude of birds, invertebrates, and more!
These tours depart from Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park, located beachside in New Smyrna Beach off Saxon Avenue, 700 Sandpiper St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169.
Specialty Kayak EcoTours
These tours coincide with full moons and give participants the opportunity to paddle our local waters as the sun sinks below the mangrove trees and moonlight fills the sky. Guests may climb the observation mound adjacent to the MDC kayak launch for a better view of the rising moon. Full Moon Boat Tours are offered on the same days/times.
"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."