Paddle with Manatees (Offered October through February)
With the onset of winter, these gentle giants migrate to the spring fed waters of Florida to seek shelter from the cold. At a balmy 72 degrees, the springs provide them with life sustaining warmth. As spring moves to summer, most manatees leave the area to feed in the shallow coastal waters ranging from Tampa Bay to the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Learn about this unique marine mammal from our marine biologist guide and master naturalists.
Keeping with the principles of true ecotourism, our encounters feature passive observation and a hands off approach. We donate 10% of our tour fees from SMC members for manatee conservation.
"Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish
to let them live normal lives, love them more." (Edwin Way Teale)
Public Manatee Tours (Participants must be at least 13 years of age). $50 pp pt.
Private Manatee Tours (No age limit). $100 pp pt.
Kid's Manatee Tours for families with children 12 and under. $65 pp pt.