Kayak Tours

Join our trained educators on a variety of kayak tours for an opportunity to explore Sarasota Bay. All equipment is provided, and each paddle begins with basic kayaking instruction. Mote offers a variety of morning, moonlit, and even private, on-demand paddles to enjoy year-round.

Please see your confirmation email for additional details including designated check-in time and location for your paddle.

Registration: Required at least 48 hours before the program begins. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and are subject to change or cancellation based on weather conditions. Please review our Cancellation Policy before booking. Click the button below for available dates and to register.
Availability: Dates are listed, see registration link for exact times; check-in time is 15 minutes before each scheduled kayak tour
Questions: educate@mote.org, 941-388-4441 ext 351
Please note: Our public paddles run from September to May, and typically fill at least 2 months in advance so please plan accordingly. When you click on the registration button below, only available paddles will show. If a paddle is at capacity, you’ll be given an opportunity to add yourself to a Wait List. Should an opening come about, we will be in contact. Paddles will not run if minimum participant numbers are not met. Find out what to bring and what to wear.

Morning Paddles

Start your day off right with a guided kayak tour of Sarasota Bay. Paddle across shallow seagrass beds and take in the wildlife that depends on this ecosystem. Soak up some sun as we look for dolphins, manatees, birds, and more! See your confirmation email for the meeting time location and details. Morning Paddles are available from September through May.

Ages: 12 and older, see note below
Fee: $40.50 for members, $45.00 for non-members
Note: Participants 12 through 17 years of age must be accompanied by at least one registered adult/guardian participant
Time: 8:30 – 10:00 AM (check-in at 8:15 AM) for Morning Paddle

  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 12


Private Kayak Tours Available

Don’t see a date that works? Want to plan a family gathering or small office outing on the water? Request a Private Paddle and we will do our best to schedule an on-demand kayaking excursion for you. You must have at least 4 participants, but no more than 10. We recommend making your request at least 14 days in advance. See request form for more details including age restrictions. Note: From June through August, only private Morning Paddles (7:30 – 9:00 a.m.) may be requested.