Looking for some new microadventures with your family? Look no further! In this blog post, I’ll detail how easy it is to find beautiful waterways and explore them in an Oru Kayak!
Whether you live on a peninsula or in a land-locked state, there’s water to be found! Search your area for spring-fed rivers (usually super clear and cold), lakes or creeks. Here’s a great tip: You can search google maps for “kayak launch” and it will pinpoint all the public launch spots in your area! We’ve found some great spots we didn’t know existed in our city! Here are some highlights we’ve found in Florida:
1. Wekiwa Springs State Park
This spot is a little north of Orlando and makes for an easy day trip from most places in Florida. We recommend dropping in at Kings Landing. This launch spot is on private property, so you’ll have to check in and pay a small fee to use it. (Don’t forget snag a free beer from the cooler outside.) Once you drop in, you can head in 1 of 2 directions. We chose the shorter, prettier route: the Emerald Cut. On this route, you’ll paddle up current in blue, shallow water with a white sand bottom. It is gorgeous. The kids even found some shallow areas to play in along the banks. The best part? The way back to the launch is all down stream!
2. Jax Intracoastal waterway
There’s so many areas to explore in this massive water system, but our favorite drop-in is the kayak launch at Dutton Island State Park. It’s usually empty and quiet. The waterway is serene & peaceful, and you can kayak in and out of the marshy islands. Want to make it even more adventurous? Grab a fishing pole and take it with you!
3. Ginnie Springs
Also in Central Florida, Ginnie Springs is a privately owned property that contains 7 different spring systems. It’s a little pricey to enter, but there’s so many things you can do here. Bring a tent and camp, play in one of the crystal clear springs, go diving or snorkeling into the springs, or take an hour tube ride down the river. Our kayak was the perfect addition to our trip down river. Don’t forget to pull off on the banks to jump off trees and rope swings!!
Next stop: Weeki Wachee
So glad we have our foldable Oru Kayak always on-the-ready for those spontaneous “let’s do it!” moments! Does your kayak fit in your trunk? Head to orukayak.com to snag yours for 10% off using our code: MAFAM19
What are your favorite kayak spots in your state?! Let us know in the comments!