Thank you to all who joined us for our Full Moon Paddles this Spring! We had a blast. Please note that we will not have any kayak programs until the Fall (dates will be listed and registration opened mid-Summer for Fall Full Moon Paddles). For kayak excursions in the meantime, please visit Sarasota Bay Explorers or call (941) 388-4200.


Full Moon Paddle

Kayaking doesn’t get much cooler than this. Take a break from the sun and join us for an evening paddle as we explore Florida’s coastal waters at dusk. Discover the animals that bring Sarasota Bay to life at night while taking a relaxing paddle on the moonlit water.

Please meet your Mote educators at the whale statue at the front entrance of our Aquarium at the designated check-in times on the date of your event.

Join our trained educators on a variety of paddle trips that offer you an opportunity to explore Sarasota Bay. All kayaking equipment is provided, and class begins with basic kayaking instruction.

Ages: Full Moon Paddles are only offered for adults, 18 years and older.
Cost: Mote members: $26 per person for Mote members; $30 for non-members.
Reservations: Required 24 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. We do not provide refunds unless we cancel the program.
Contact: (941) 388-4441, ext. 348 or email Lauren Markham:

Upcoming Dates

  • Full Moon Paddle Wednesday September 6, 2017 from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. (Check-in @ 7:15 p.m. Sunset @ 7:45 p.m.) 
  • Full Moon Paddle Saturday November 4, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Check-in @ 6:15 p.m. Sunset @ 6:44 p.m.)
  • Full Moon Paddle Sunday December 3, 2017 from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. (Check-in @ 5:00 p.m. Sunset @ 5:36 p.m.)
  • Find out what to bring and what to wear here.
  • Register here.

Cancellation Policy

To ensure the safety of our participants, kayaking programs may be canceled in cases of inclement weather. Participants will be notified of cancellations the day before the scheduled program. If Mote cancels a program, you may choose to have your payment refunded or credited to a future program.

If you must cancel: There are no refunds for Mote Education programs unless Mote cancels the program. If you provide notice of cancellation more than 24 hours before the program begins, we will credit your payment to a future Kayaking with Mote program. If you cancel within 24 hours of the program or fail to show up without giving notice, you will be charged in full for the program.

Our kayaking program is weather dependent. If a program is cancelled due to weather, we will notify you through the email you provide on this form.