The Florida Aquarium Kayak Adventure

About the experience

Experience a day of wild Florida with The Florida Aquarium Kayak Adventure through the mangrove forest of the Newman Branch restoration area near the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach!

You'll also get the chance to see native wildlife including birds, crustaceans, stingrays and possibly manatees or sharks! Not only will you see and learn about the natural environment around our big blue beautiful Bay, you'll dive deeper into The Florida Aquarium's conservation programs and find out how you can help make positive waves for the natural environment.

Two stops during the adventure include a nature observation tower where you'll get a bird's-eye view of the mangrove forest and surrounding wetlands habitat and a picnic lunch on the shoreline in Apollo Beach.


This program costs $85 per person and accomodates up to 12 guests and is available for those who are age six and older and weigh at least 50lbs. (Guests age 6-10 are required to be in a tandem kayak accompanied by a guest of 18 years or older).

Guests will meet their tour guides and naturalists at 11 a.m. at The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation located just one mile south of Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center. 

Address: 6650 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572

Experience agenda
(Approximate schedule, subject to revision due to tides, weather or other circumstances)

11 a.m. Kayak Adventure begins.

- Paddle through mangroves of Newman Branch Creek.

- Stop and enjoy the view at the wildlife observation tower.

- Continue kayaking/stop for lunch at Apollo Beach (lunch provided).

- Return paddle back to kayak launch site.

1 p.m.  Arrival to original kayak launch location at The Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation.

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