If you are searching for a family-friendly activity on Siesta Key, Florida or a relaxing kayaking paddle through the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, then this is the eco kayak tour for you. Explore hidden lagoons, unspoiled beaches, and discover Florida’s wildlife.
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Skill Level: All
Duration: 2.5 hours
What will I see on the Siesta Key Tour?
The Siesta Key Tour launches from the famous Turtle Beach and travels through the shallow bay into numerous tidal flats. Throughout the warmer months dolphins and manatees can be observed around the mangrove islands. During the winter months there are a large amount migrating birds. The tour takes a stop on the beautiful shores of the Gulf of Mexico at Midnight Pass.
How is the Jim Neville Marine Preserve associated with the Siesta Key Tour?
The Jim Neville Marine Preserve is a 35-acre protected area that surrounds Midnight Pass in Little Sarasota Bay. We will explore this area and the many uninhabited mangrove islands that make up the Jim Neville Marine Preserve (named for a local county commissioner who advocated protecting this natural ecosystem).
How is the Siesta Key Tour different from the Lido Mangrove Tunnels Tour?
Although both tours are amazing and travel through Sarasota Bay, there are some differences. There are several uninhabited mangrove islands on the Siesta Key Tour, but there are no mangrove tunnels. Manatees can be seen on both tours but the South Lido Mangrove Tunnels Tour travels around Otter Key, a federally-protected manatee zone.
Is shelling available during the Siesta Key Tour?
Shell collecting is not available during the tour since the marine preserve is a protected habitat. There are shelling opportunities at Midnight Pass, Turtle Beach as well as Siesta Key Beach. Siesta Key Beach has been rated one of the top beaches in the world. It’s a must see!
Are there alligators on this tour?
No…we get this question all the time! There are no alligators on the Siesta Key Tour. However, our Myakka River Tour has lots of alligators.
Will my tour be cancelled if it rains?
Your safety is paramount. So cancelling a tour depends on the weather conditions. If the forecast is a light drizzle, then the tour will launch at the regularly scheduled time. If there are thunderstorms or any hint of lightening, then the tour will be postponed or cancelled. However, if you choose not to go on the tour due to weather conditions, or if your tour is cancelled, your credit card will not be charged.
Where do we meet?
The Siesta Key Tour launches from the Turtle Beach boat ramp on Siesta Key. This area is located at the southern most end of the island. Detailed directions can be found on the map below.
What should I bring?
We highly recommend bringing a bottle of water and items that you would normally have while you are in the sun (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses). Cameras are okay, but we suggest putting them in a zipped plastic bag if they are not waterproof.
What should I wear?
Most people wear t-shirts, shorts and/or bathing suits. During the winter months we suggest a light wind breaker or a sweat shirt depending on the temperature and the wind conditions. The most important thing is to be comfortable. As for shoes, wear something that you don’t mind getting wet - flip flops, water shoes, or old sneakers are ideal.
Is this tour for me?
This tour is ideal for anyone interested in exploring the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, venturing around the mangrove islands, or just relaxing in the tropical surroundings of Siesta Key.
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Siesta Key, Florida is located 5 miles west of Sarasota, Florida and south of Lido Key and Longboat Key, Florida.