Sports and recreation fans will love the activities on the Alumflamingo program this year, and anyone who loves natural beauty (who doesn’t?) will flip for this kayak eco tour through the Lido Mangrove Tunnels.
During this two-plus hour kayak adventure, you’ll paddle through exotic mangrove overgrowth, explore Sarasota Bay, and encounter amazing wildlife up close along the way.
The fully guided tour includes on-water basic paddle instruction—all skill levels welcome—before setting out with an informed guide who will share information about the mangrove ecosystem.
Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins frequently swim and play among the passing kayakers, and you might see a West indian Manatee as well if the waters are warm enough. These 1000-pound “gentle giants” are curious and friendly—don’t be surprised if one approaches your kayak for a quick pat on the head! (Sorry, no man-eating alligators will make an appearance.)
Birders, you’ll want to sign up for this tour! Kayaking is a quiet sport that allows you to approach tropical birds in their natural habitat along the waterway. Depending on the time of year, you’ll tick ospreys, egrets, cormorants, pelicans, a variety of herons, and other species. (Bring your camera, but zip it into a waterproof baggie.)
You’ll also see beautiful living shells in the protected waterways, including the state shell of Florida, the Horse Conch. The water is shallow (and usually very clear)—optimum conditions for viewing sealife.
What an awesome Alumaflamingo outing! Sign up at the registration desk when you arrive.
View a video of this beautiful paddle trip here.