ATTENTION: Due to scheduled renovations, the mermaids will NOT be performing November 26, 2018–March 15, 2019. Also, there will NOT be a Riverboat Cruise or Wildlife Show Nov. 6, 2018–Mar. 15, 2019. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates.
Reservations are required for all boats launching (private boats included) to ensure you have the best adventure possible.
Boating in Florida is the only kayak and stand-up paddle board rental facility located in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Whether you’re paddling for adventure or relaxation, your 3-hour float down 5.5 miles of the tranquil, crystal-clear Weeki Wachee River will take your breath away with its unspoiled natural beauty and wildlife.
Much of your picturesque journey will be underneath the shade of cypress and oak trees, and of course, Florida’s distinctive palms. Along the way, you may find yourself paddling alongside the gentle giants and endangered West Indian manatees. You may also see turtles, otters, storks and pelicans, and underwater marine life in water so clear, you’d swear you were in an aquarium.
Even if you’ve never kayaked or stand-up paddle boarded before, don’t be shy. Our experienced staff members will provide you with basic instructions and the Weeki Wachee River is very easy to navigate, even for beginners. And don’t forget to pack a picnic lunch and non-alcoholic beverages (no glass) to enjoy at various stopping areas along the river.
How to make your adventure enjoyable:
Ensure every participant fills out the online Risk Acknowledgment before hand
Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled reservation.
Dress appropriately for the weather.
Apply sunscreen before you go paddling.
If you rented boats with us, they are due back 4 hours after your reservation.
Make sure you are hydrated and bring water with you.
If you are the spontaneous type and would like to rent one of our boats without a reservation we will certainly try to accommodate you if there is an open reservation spot. However, this will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. We strongly recommend that you reserve ahead of time to ensure you can enjoy yourself!
All kayak and paddleboard rentals include boat, PFD (life jacket), and a shuttle ride back from our pickup area. Guests are asked to complete their journey in 4 hours from their reservation time or a $50 per boat and per hour late fee may be charged.
At your journey’s end, you’ll arrive at our pickup point at Rogers Park where our friendly staff will help you out of your watercraft, load up your boat, and shuttle you back to your starting point at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
Private boats cannot be shuttled. However, you can leave them at Rogers Park, take our shuttle to your car and then pick up your boat.
If you arrive more than 10 minutes late we will consider your reservation as canceled with no refund. It is absolutely crucial you arrive on time as we have a State enforced limit of 70 boat launches per hour, which we cannot go over. If you miss your reservation we will try to reschedule, however it might not be the same day as there is high demand between April and September.