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St. Augustine, Florida

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Our most recommended St. Augustine, Florida Water Sports

St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

1. St. Augustine: Swimming with the Dolphins

Enjoy getting to interact dolphins with this attraction at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine. Experience dolphin behaviors like the hand target, hand shake, and ride on the dolphin's belly. Meet these fascinating sea creatures and get to bond with them in a unique way. hold onto their pectoral flippers and swim with them on their belly. Play with the dolphins with this fun and safe experience for the whole family.

St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

2. St. Augustine: Marineland Dolphin Encounter

Take part in an educational and fun experience perfect for all ages at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine with this admission ticket to the Dolphin Encounter program. Meet these fantastic animals as you interact with them in shallow waters. Gear up in a life jacket and step onto an underwater platform. Thanks to the platform, you don’t have to worry if you’re not a swimmer. Perform several hands-on activities with these intelligent creatures, including the hand target activity in which the dolphin will come up to touch your hand with its rostrum.

St. Augustine: Eco Dolphin Kayak Tour in The Salt Run

3. St. Augustine: Eco Dolphin Kayak Tour in The Salt Run

Escape the crowds and get a new perspective of St. Augustine during a kayaking trip through the Salt Run. Admire views of Anastasia State Park and its Lighthouse. Get the opportunity to spot a variety of local marine life including manatees, sea turtles, rays, and even dolphins. Begin the adventure with a friendly and informative tutorial from your naturalist guide. After making sure you are fitted with your life jacket, paddle, and kayak you'll launch through the Salt Run right by the Lighthouse. Paddle roughly 4-miles long down the lagoon located between Anastasia Island and Conch Island. On one end it opens up to the Matanzas inlet and on the other, it closes deeper into the park. A wide variety of wildlife may be seen here including dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. You'll be surrounded by the gorgeous views of Anastasia State Park and the Anastasia Lighthouse. Your guide will offer to take pictures for you as they share their knowledge of the history and ecology of the area. Depending on wind conditions and course you may take a break on a sandbar at low tide or on one of the beautiful beaches in the state Park.

St. Augustine: Kayaking Sunrise Tour

4. St. Augustine: Kayaking Sunrise Tour

Discover kayaking and set off on an adventure at sunrise in the Lighthouse Park. Rent a solo or tandem kayak or bring your own and float along the Salt Run with views of the Anastasia State Park. Begin your activity with a brief and informative tutorial. Learn about paddling techniques and how to turn and handle the kayak. Pick up a lifejacket and paddle before hopping in the kayak and heading out onto the water. Cruise past the Lighthouse Park and take in a spectacular Florida sunrise. Watch as the environment around you glows in amber. Feel refreshed from an early morning tour and appreciate the wildlife around you.

St. Augustine: Paddle Board Dolphin Adventure

5. St. Augustine: Paddle Board Dolphin Adventure

Experience historic St. Augustine in a unique way on a stand up paddleboard. Admire the unspoiled beaches, tidal marshes, maritime hammocks, and ancient sand dunes of Anastasia State Park. Get the chance to encounter dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles. The tour begins on land with a pleasant tutorial explaining technique and safety. After you’re on the water, your guide will have you standing in no time and make sure that you're comfortable with your newfound adventure. Following your introduction, the tour expands into the natural wonders and wildlife of the area. Manatees, dolphins, rays, sea turtles, and a vast array of marsh birds may all be seen here. Depending on winds and tides you may take a break on a sandbar or State Park beach. The scenic sand dunes and lighthouse will tower around you as you Paddle through the salt run.

St. Augustine: Paddle Board Sunrise Tour

6. St. Augustine: Paddle Board Sunrise Tour

Discover paddleboarding and set off on an adventure at sunrise in the Lighthouse Park. Rent a paddleboard or bring your own and float along the Salt Run with views of the Anastasia State Park. Begin your activity with a brief and informative tutorial. Learn about paddling techniques and how to turn and handle the board. Pick up a lifejacket and paddle before hopping on the board and heading out onto the water. Cruise past the Lighthouse Park and take in a spectacular Florida sunrise. Watch as the environment around you glows in amber. Feel refreshed from an early morning tour and appreciate the wildlife around you.

St. Augustine Downtown Bayfront: Kayak History Tour

7. St. Augustine Downtown Bayfront: Kayak History Tour

Connect with nature and discover the Bayfront of historic St. Augustine on a kayaking trip. Admire the city from the water and get the chance to encounter a variety of marine species along the way. This adventure begins at the Vilano Boat Ramp. After a short informative introduction, your guide will fit you with the necessary equipment and launch you off into a world of History. You'll paddle by the Castillo de San Marcos/Old Fort, Fountain of Youth, the Nombre de Dios Mission, and the Great Cross. Explore some of the city's natural environments as you travel through some of St. Augustine's beautiful salt marshes. Possible wildlife sightings include dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, stingrays, and all kinds of marsh birds, including the great blue heron and the roseate spoonbills. Your guide will intrigue you with the storytelling and knowledge necessary to explore the beautiful aquatic downtown landscape of St. Augustine.

St. Augustine: Guided Kayaking Tour

8. St. Augustine: Guided Kayaking Tour

Paddle back in time as you visit old Florida on a backwater kayak tour in the Deep Creek conversation area. Meet your guide at the launch point just a 20-minute drive from downtown St. Augustine. Then, hop into your kayak and go off the beaten path as you explore Florida's wild side. Glide along the Salt Run lagoon, keeping an eye out for local wildlife as you go. This guided kayak tour has an easy rating, and all skill levels are welcome. Your kayak and paddle will be provided, but kayaking enthusiasts are also free to bring their own solo kayak along. 

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What people are saying about St. Augustine, Florida

This is something I've wanted to do my whole life. I love dolphins. I do not think we had enough hands on for the price though. We were in the water, but we were mostly just spectators. We were able to do 3 poses each for pictures and then my family was able to pet the dolphin for a moment for a picture and that was it.

I went with my 14 year old grandson and we had an amazing experience swimming with the dolphins. It has always been a dream of mine and it lived up to all of my expectations. It was well worth the price. Everything is well run and the trainers are fantastic! Give yourself and your family this special treat.

Both of our guides went beyond the call of duty to make our tour enjoyable. We saw several dolphins including moms and baby, also several species of birds. Definitely recommend these guys

So much fun. Wish group was smaller for more interaction with the dolphins. Good experience.

A great uncrowded opportunity to be close to the dolphins and learn about them.