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Florida’s Best Summer Paddling Adventures

Uncover Hidden Gems and Iconic Waterways with Our Local Partners

Florida is a paddler’s paradise, especially in the summer when the sun shines bright and the waterways come to life. From crystal clear springs to bioluminescent waters, Florida offers a diverse range of paddling adventures that cater to nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. At Adventure Outdoor Paddle, we’ve partnered with Paddle Board Orlando, Epic Paddle Adventures, and Venture Outdoors to bring you the best paddling experiences Central Florida has to offer.

Dora Canal on the Harris Chain of Lakes

First on our list is the Dora Canal, often referred to as the “most beautiful mile of water in the world.” Located on the Harris Chain of Lakes, this picturesque waterway is known for its scenic beauty and abundant wildlife. As you paddle through the canal, you'll be immersed in a canopy of ancient cypress trees draped with Spanish moss, providing a serene and shaded environment. The shade from these towering trees offers some much-needed relief from the Florida sun, making your paddling experience more comfortable and enjoyable.

While gliding through the calm waters, keep an eye out for turtles and gators basking on logs and a variety of bird species darting through the branches. The Dora Canal is a haven for wildlife, offering endless opportunities for nature observation and photography. Our guided tours and rental options make it easy to explore this hidden gem at your own pace, whether you're a seasoned paddler or a beginner looking to experience the natural beauty of Florida. The canal is best experienced in the early morning hours during the weekdays, before motorboat traffic gets too heavy.

Wekiva Springs

Photo Courtesy of Paddle Board Orlando

Next, head to Wekiva Springs for a paddling experience that combines pristine waters with lush landscapes. The crystal-clear springs are perfect for a refreshing paddle, and you’re likely to encounter a variety of wildlife. One of the highlights of Wekiva Springs is the opportunity to swim in the cool 72-degree waters, providing a refreshing break from the summer heat. Paddle Board Orlando offers guided tours that showcase the best of Wekiva Springs. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a beginner, this spot is ideal for a tranquil day on the water.

Silver Springs State Park

Photo Courtesy of Epic Paddle Adventures

Silver Springs State Park is another must-visit destination for paddlers. Known for its incredibly clear waters, Silver Springs is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including manatees and even wild monkeys. Paddle alongside ancient underwater forests and bubbling springs and experience the magic of this iconic Florida location. Silver Springs is the largest artesian spring in the world and the site of the oldest commercial tourist attraction in the state of Florida. It was designated a natural landmark in 1971. The abundance of wildlife, such as turtles, alligators, and a variety of bird species, makes Silver Springs a haven for nature enthusiasts. Our collaboration with Epic Paddle Adventures ensures you have access to top-notch equipment and expert guides to enhance your adventure.

Photo courtesy of Venture Outdoors

Bioluminescent Waters of Florida

For a truly unique paddling experience, venture out on a bioluminescent tour with Venture Outdoors. Florida’s bioluminescent waters light up like a starry night sky, creating an unforgettable paddling adventure. The phenomenon of bioluminescence occurs when tiny organisms in the water, known as dinoflagellates, emit a glowing light when disturbed. This creates a magical effect, making the water glow and sparkle with every paddle stroke. These tours are best experienced during the summer months, when the bioluminescence is at its peak. Paddle through glowing waters and witness a natural phenomenon that few get to experience firsthand. Tours take place on Florida's east coast.


Florida’s waterways offer unparalleled paddling experiences, from serene rivers to glowing bioluminescent bays. Partnering with Paddle Board Orlando, Epic Paddle, and Venture Outdoors, Adventure Outdoor Paddle invites you to explore the natural beauty of Central Florida’s top summer paddling destinations. Whether you're looking for a tranquil paddle through shaded canals, a swim in crystal clear springs, or a magical night under the stars, these tours have something for everyone.

Book your tour today and embark on an unforgettable adventure! With so many incredible locations to explore, there’s no better way to experience the natural wonders of Central Florida than from the water. Let Adventure Outdoor Paddle and our local partners show you the best that Florida has to offer.

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