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Back to Nature: Kayak the Unspoiled Waterways of Florida

The Florida coastline boasts beautiful nature reserves and some of the finest kayaking in America. Kayak through mangroves and wetlands to search for wildlife with expert naturalists.
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Program No. 22647RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Florida

Back to Nature: Kayak the Unspoiled Waterways of Florida

The Florida coastline boasts beautiful nature reserves and some of the finest kayaking in America. Kayak through mangroves and wetlands to search for wildlife with expert naturalists.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Program No. 22647 RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2022
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1,699
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
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1,699
Mar 6 - Mar 11, 2022
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1,699
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
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1,699
Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2022
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1,599
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
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1,699
Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2023
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1,799
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
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1,799
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
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1,799
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
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1,799
Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2023
Starting at
1,699
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Feb 6 - Feb 11, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Feb 13 - Feb 18, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Mar 6 - Mar 11, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Mar 13 - Mar 18, 2022
Starting at
2,149
Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2022
Starting at
1,999
Jan 22 - Jan 27, 2023
Starting at
2,089
Feb 5 - Feb 10, 2023
Starting at
2,269
Feb 12 - Feb 17, 2023
Starting at
2,269
Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2023
Starting at
2,269
Mar 12 - Mar 17, 2023
Starting at
2,269
Dec 10 - Dec 15, 2023
Starting at
2,089

At a Glance

The mangroves, wetland canals and abundance of wildlife make Florida’s Space Coast one of the premier kayaking sites in America. Join expert naturalists and kayak instructors to explore this sublime wilderness on a kayaking adventure suitable for all skill levels. Search for an array of wildlife — from manatees to bioluminescent jellyfish — and learn what makes this unspoiled ecosystem such a thriving habitat. Kayak through wildlife sanctuaries and nature reserves, including the remarkable 1,000 Islands and the Turkey Creek Sanctuary. Discover why this region of Florida is known as the Space Coast with a visit to Kennedy Space Center.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Walking up to 2 miles a day and kayaking 3-4 hours a day in breezy conditions on coastal paddles. Kayaking is appropriate for beginner and intermediate levels.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Kayak with seasoned naturalists through Florida’s signature mangroves to view wading birds, dolphins, ospreys and manatees.
  • Bask in the gentle glow of Cocoa Beach's comb jellies by moonlight during a nighttime paddle.
  • View the Saturn V rocket and watch a recreation of the Apollo 11 moon landing on a field-trip to Kennedy Space Center.
Featured Expert
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John Layton
John Layton has visited 70+ countries and 48 states during more than 30 years in the travel industry. “As a career, travel is all I know and I’ve been lucky that I have never had a job I didn't love.” After many years sailing the seas as a cruise director, John is now a flight attendant for JetBlue, a travel blogger, and a group leader for Road Scholar. He has led Road Scholar programs throughout Florida, around Cuba, and on the Great Lakes.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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John Layton has visited 70+ countries and 48 states during more than 30 years in the travel industry. “As a career, travel is all I know and I’ve been lucky that I have never had a job I didn't love.” After many years sailing the seas as a cruise director, John is now a flight attendant for JetBlue, a travel blogger, and a group leader for Road Scholar. He has led Road Scholar programs throughout Florida, around Cuba, and on the Great Lakes.
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Anita Allen grew up in Indiana and now lives in Coral Springs, Florida. She earned her BA in zoology and MAs in environmental science and geography. She worked for many years in environmental protection and water management along with assisting with sports specialty travel groups around the world. Anita now leads groups for Road Scholar in Florida. When not leading groups, she enjoys running, kayaking and taking photographs.
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North Brevard County, FL
by John T. Manning Ed. D
The early pioneer settlement of LaGrange Community in Brevard County in 1858 pre-dated the missile launches on North Merritt Island by just one hundred years. During that span of time, the northern part of Brevard County underwent significant growth and development--homes were built, land farmed, businesses established, and churches built. The citrus industry provided North Brevard with a productive agricultural economy that remained strong until the advent of the space age. With the federal government's purchase of the land north of the port of Canaveral in the 1950s, the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Center was established. Later, when more land was needed, the Kennedy Space Center was built on North Merritt Island. Many North Brevard towns, communities, and homesteads disappeared when the governmental acquisition of land forced residents to relocate, but it was this new era of technology that helped shift North Brevard from the farm age to the space age.
Cocoa Beach, FL (TAN) (Then and Now)
by Wade Arnold
Cocoa Beach welcomes millions of visitors every year, but the city has always managed to keep a small town atmosphere. In 1940, it was a cozy little waterfront town with less than 50 people. A few years after World War II, America’s space race began, and the city was never the same.





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