Kayak Tours

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. Please see your confirmation email for additional details including designated check-in time and location for your paddle. Not sure what to wear or bring for a paddle? Find out here.

Cost: $36 per person for Mote members, $40 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.
Questions: kgray@mote.org, 941-388-4441 ext 515
Please note: Our paddles typically fill 1-2 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 our Wait List. Should an opening come about, we will be in contact.

Morning Paddle

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!

Ages: 12 and older; any participant under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a paying adult (no one under 12 permitted)
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.; Please check in at the whale fountain at 8:15 a.m.
Dates:

  • July 3, 2019
  • December 1,  2019

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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.

Ages: Adults only, 18 years and older
Cost: $36 per person for Mote members, $40 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.
Questions: kgray@mote.org, 941-388-4441 ext 515
Please note: Our paddles typically fill 1-2 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 our Wait List. Should an opening come about, we will be in contact.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (check-in time at 6:45PM)
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 6:45 – 8:15 p.m. (check-in time at 6:30PM)
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (check-in time at 6:15PM)
  • ​Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (check-in time at 5:15PM)

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Alcohol and Tobacco Policy

For the safety of our participants and to ensure the best quality experience for all who attend our kayak tours, we have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol. Alcohol is not to be consumed on Mote campus, during your paddle or before your kayaking experience. Participants deemed intoxicated to any degree by our staff will be asked to leave prior to the paddle and will not be refunded their money. Mote is a smoke-free campus, and we do not allow smoking or vaping onsite or during our paddles.

Weather and Cancellation Policy

To ensure the safety of our participants, kayak tours may be canceled in cases of inclement weather or other environmental factors. Participants will be notified of cancellations by 5PM the evening before for Morning Paddles and by noon the day of for Full Moon Paddles. Please read your confirmation email in full for more details. 

There are no refunds granted on kayak tours unless Mote cancels the program.