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Trip Ideas

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Want to go see some HUGE prehistoric dinosours - the Florida Gator! Kayak in the mangrove maze looking for the Pterodactyl like giant White Pelicans? Maybe you would like to go find the rare Florida Manatee - or a Florida Panther! Trap Blue crabs - Go swim in the natural Florida Spring, collect seashells and other beach finds on the spoil islands where the best beach treasures are found. Do you enjoy looking at all the beautiful Florida birds and taking pictures?  Did you hear about those Gatorfrogs? Dolphins - sure ... Want to go snorkeling? Have I got a place for you kids! Rainbow Spring!

Kayak with the Manatees!
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Kayak with the Manatees SEASONAL Dec 15th - April 15th. Local trips - observation only.

A small portion of your fee will go to Clearwater Marine Aquariums new Manatee Rescue Exabit and work. Ask about a bonus free side trip to

TECO Power Plant Manatee Viewing Center

available on Frog Creek - Terra Ceia Preserve, Little Manatee River - and Hunt for Blue Crab trips over the Sunshine Skyway.

Peace River Dinos Fossil Hunting trip. The Peace River where we go is 1.5 hours drive. So full day only ... Mom is going to pack a picnic or we can stop at Publix to pick up subs and Jello Pudding. I always supply cold drinks. We launch at my secret spot and then travel by kayak to where prehistoric dinosaurs bones have been found - yet some are sure to remain. Often Megladon and other shark teeth have been found here.

Fossils & Shark Teeth Hunt on Peace River

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Joogsquad friends Jack & Merrick know where to go...do you not think "for the kids" I don't know? Never any guarantees kids - but we usually get lucky. No - I am not going to betray my buddies trust and disclose a few different locations good to look where we will be kayaking and sifting sand along the way looking for shark teeth! Here is some info on the

Peace River Shark Teeth Hunting Kayak Expedition.

Beach Treasures
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Just look at this list:

https://www.anyplaceamerica.com/directory/fl/pinellas-county-12103/islands/     

Decisions Decisions Decisions...

Limit 6 After kayaking to our destination of a targeted island we will spend some time beach combing for shells and other treasures. Maybe have a picnic lunch on the beach. Its your vacation - your day - you tell me what you would like. Sure you can snorkel too.

Islands of Adventure
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Frog Creek
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Yep! Frog Creek is where those Gator Frogs escaped. Located 5 minutes over the Sunshine Skyway - getting there is only 1/2 the fun. This brings us to Manatee county. Why do you think it is called Manatee County? The TECO Power plant Manatee Viewing Center is 15 minutes away. Rather then me tell you about Frog Creek here is Bonnies article & opinion.

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Frog Creek flows into the Terra Ceia Preserve - a big mangrove maze with mangrove tunnels. The mucky mangrove bottom is the perfect home for Blue Crabs. The kids can learn how to catch one as I will demonstrate using only a piece of string and an old chicken bone. Did I mention there is a rope swing here too? No lines or waiting your turn here. If you dont know KC is the master on the rope swing - he can teach you.

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Video courtesy Frog Creek Kayaking. Mrs. Debbie allows us to launch from her RV Campground kids because we always leave it cleaner then we found it. Picking up any trash we see along our kayaking adventure here.

For the Birds

Our kayak adventure may begin with an urgent trip to the Seabird Sanctuary in Indian Shores on the way as there is a report of a night heron hung up in some fishing line in the mangroves we are headed to. We have to pick up our Junior Rescue T shirts for the children and grab a rescue cage. Hopefully, the heron will free itself, but we are going to keep a sharp eye for it. How many other birds will we discover today? Sometimes we do find a injured or sick bird - So we will bring it here.

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Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge

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The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of over 31,000 acres of saltwater bays, estuaries and brackish marshes at the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River. Starting at the 7 Sisters Springs heading down the Chaz are a multitude of side creeks and springs all flowing into the main river before entering the Gulf of Mexico. We could go kayaking everyday here for a month and we still would not see it all. The refuge was established primarily to protect waterfowl habitat and is home to over 250 species of birds, over 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, and at least 25 different species of mammals, including the endangered Manatee.

Rather then have a customer complain later they did not see Manatees, Dolphins, Alligators, River Otters, Raccoons, Deer, Turkeys, Osprey, Eagles, Herons, Pelicans ALL at the same time like the video showed in 3 hours kayaking I will let my kayak pal Cliff tell you about the place. I don't want to be accused of posting deceptive video. While all could be seen - what we see is always a mystery. But we always see something!

Kayak Cliff has a great channel sharing his kayak adventures. Snapper Hole is what I call " Big Mommas Cove" She has been my star attraction the past 4 seasons, always returning to her same spot under her tree.Then there is Hashtag so named by his distinctive prop scars and Abacus.Big Momma is a very special manatee to me as she has given birth to at least 3 calves here. Baby manatees stay with their Mom up to 2 years. This is how they learn their migration routes, feeding areas etc... and why you will see the same manatees in the same spots year after year.

 

                                         Here is a great article by Bonnie Gross of the Florida Rambler. Click logo

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Secret Beach

Yes you still get complimentry pick up at your hotel or vacation rental. This way you don't have to pay $20.00 to park or try and find the launch. Departing Clearwater Beach - we cross the Mandalay Channel and cut thru the million dollar homes on Island Estates. Soon we leave the seawalls and get into the mangroves. Our destination is the most beautiful beach you ever seen. It sits where Big Pass or Dunedin Pass used to be, between Clearwater Beach & Caladesi Island. Here we usually take a swim and do some beachcombing before heading back directly down the Mandalay channel. 4.3 miles round trip - a good work out.

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From Clearwater Beach - my most popular trip. !/2 and full day available. The full day is best as it affords time to explore a spoil island - enter the mangrove tunnels and take a little hike break from the kayaks on Caladesi island- explore the Scharrer Family ruins, 

 

Next we go up a shallow bay into a small lagoon where we park the kayaks on a bay side beach. 20 steps away is the most beautiful stretch of beach you ever seen. You will want some beach time here for a picnic , shelling and splashing in the surf - all without the crowds.

Place of The Sleeping Turtles

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Shhhh. The turtles are Sleeping. We just don't talk here. I know where it is and where we are going. On the Wild & Scenic Myakka River.

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Aripeka

Aripeka poulation 320 is a place you may never find if you didn't know it existed. About an hours drive north of Clearwater Beach. Lost on an Old Florida back road on Floridas Nature Coast. Here we launch from Norfleets - there are 3 springs we can reach by kayak - but I am not telling everyone here how to find them. Yes! lots of Blue Crabs for the kids to learn to catch here. If weather permits we can also venture out into the Gulf and explore the marshy islands.Home of Aripeka Stone Crab Co. where I heard a rumor about a Mermaid. There is also a super nice vacation rental here.

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Aripeka Island Plantation Available for your whole family.

Click here to take a tour.

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Myakka River ~ Deep Hole

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