For Mother's Day, why not put mom in touch Mother Nature? How about a nice kayaking trip on one of Florida's beautiful waterways? You don't have to own a kayak to get out on the water for a romantic paddle. Rentals are available from outfitters around the state. 

Adventures Unlimited (Milton)

Take a trip on Coldwater Creek Juniper Creek or the Blackwater River. Choose from four- or seven-mile trips, which can last up to two and a half hours. Shuttles back to the start of the trip are included.

T-n-T Hideaway (Wakulla)

Paddle the scenic spring-fed Wakulla River, where you'll see herons, alligators ,Swallow-tailed kites, and other wildlife. The trip is six miles of easy paddling, and you can also catch a shuttle to the upper Wakulla River Bridge to extend the trip. A shuttle service is available.

Anastasia State Park (St. Augustine)

Rent kayaks from Anastasia Watersports, the concessionaire at Anastasia State Park. You'll paddle Salt Run, a tidal salt marsh that's home to an abundance of wildlife. Keep an eye out for dolphins, shorebirds, wading birds and lots more.

Rainbow Springs State Park (Dunnellon)

The crystal-clear Rainbow River is a must-paddle for fans of the real Florida. It's slow and easy going, and provides plenty of opportunities to watch wildlife. Don't forget the camera!

Chassahowitzka River (Citrus County)

It's only a little over an hour from Tampa to the Chassahowitzka River, but it feels like a world away. Several springs feed the river, so spend time exploring each of these on your trip. You can rent and launch kayaks from Nature Coast Outpost located at the boat ramp.

King's Landing (Apopka)

Located near Orlando, you can rent kayaks from King's Landing and paddle beautiful Rock Springs Run. The run borders Wekiwa Springs State Park on one side and Rock Springs Run State Reserve on the other, so you'll be surrounded by nature the entire way. A shuttle picks you up at the Wekiva Marina and brings you back to King's Landing.

Jonathan Dickinson State Park (Hobe Sound)

Paddle from the park down to the 1930s Trapper Nelson pioneer site on the Loxahatchee River, which is one of two national Wild and Scenic Rivers in Florida. It's a great trip!

Miami-Dade Eco Adventures (Coral Gables)

Head over to Matheson Hammock in Coral Gables and paddle Biscayne Bay. Kayak through mangrove tunnels and look for wildlife like brown pelicans, osprey, stingrays and more.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Key Largo)

A kayaking trip in the Florida Keys is something that you'll remember forever. More than two miles of mangrove wilderness trails are yours to explore. It's a short trip, but there is plenty to see and do so take your time.

Bahia Honda State Park (Big Pine Key Mile Marker 36.8)

Rent a sit-on-top kayak at the park and paddle in one of the most breathtaking places found anywhere. You'll want to bring along your snorkel gear, too! If you are in the Florida Keys, you owe it to yourself (and mom) to stop in and see why this place is so special.



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