Miami Kayaking and Paddleboarding
Virgina Key Outdoor Center loves the outdoors! Plain and simple, and they want you to enjoy it too. It is their goal to provide opportunities for outdoor enjoyment to visitors and residents alike. By igniting a passion for the outdoors they learn the significance of their role as caretaker of the world around us. Their Miami kayaking and paddleboarding tours are the perfect way to escape the city and experience Florida’s incredible nature!
They are a full service outdoor recreation center located only 15 minutes from downtown Miami. They offer equipment rentals, lessons, private and group tours, corporate outings, private parties and the best tours in town.
Located on a tranquil lagoon, adjacent to the ocean, we are Miami’s premier outdoor destination. They are your in-town gateway to the outdoors. Their nature viewing is exceptional any time of year. Virginia Key, boasts of pristine coastal trails with highly endangered flora. With miles of trails and surrounded by water you can bike, paddle, run, or walk. Kayak fishing, swimming, snorkeling are only footsteps away.
And as an added bonus and rarely found in a park – showers, and clean air conditioned bathrooms. Really! Come visit, become part of the VKOC family.
From Full Moon Paddles, Manatee Photo Safaris, to Sunset Bike Rides and Food Truck Block Parties – VKOC has it all. If you’re looking for something to do and to meet new people, you’ve found the place!
Discover VKOC on a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Their sheltered lagoon is the perfect place to start your adventure. Whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro, VKOC offers paddling opportunities for all levels.
With the ocean just a couple of minutes paddle from our launch area visitors enjoy the open sea, sandy beaches and waves breaking on our shores. Stop at the beach or watch birds and fish frolic.
|Tour||Length||Single Kayak||Double Kayak||Paddleboard||Bring Your Own|
|Sunset Kayak & Paddleboard Adventure||2 Hours||$45||$85||$45||$25|
|Manatee Photo Safari||2 Hours||$45||$85||$45||$25|
|Full Moon Paddle||2 Hours||$45||$85||$45||$15|
|Coastal Photo Safari||2 Hours||$65||$65||$120||N/A|
Sunset Kayak & Paddleboard Adventure
Catch the sunset behind the beautiful Miami skyline then watch the waters come alive as bio-luminescent plankton light up and delight spectators. Marine glow worms have been very active near the full moon this season. As their courtship heats up magic happens. Watch them light up the water. These are amazing moments.
One of the most spectacular sights on a night trip is to witness hundreds of tiny star-like bio-luminescent plankton flickering like a starry night sky. As you move through the dark water these tiny creatures glow with life. Wave your paddle through the water in front of you, and be mesmerized by the tiny sparkling specs of plankton or Dinoflagellates, tiny unicellular marine plankton also known as fire plants. Fed by the thriving mangrove forest these tiny creatures generate a green flash of light when agitated.
Best observed in the darkest skies, summer waters in the lagoon sparkle as your paddle blades moves through the water. Fish swim by lighting their trail in the lagoon.
Best viewing is June through early September. These are living colonies and they do move. We cannot guarantee full viewing every night but we can tell you it’s a great experience under the night sky.
Manatee Photo Safari
It’s Manatee Season! Ready your cameras and paddles, it’s the best time of the year for wild manatee viewing! Multiple Manatee families have made a home out of Jimbo’s Lagoon and absolutely love to pose for the cameras. Come join us in the early mornings or late winter afternoons for an exclusive Manatee Photo Safari with an occasional dolphin or two!
Please keep in mind that these wild and protected animals. It is illegal to molest, harass, disturb, and even to hug a manatee. We will be viewing these beautiful, yet funny looking animals from afar.
We will kayak around Jimbo’s Lagoon in search for Manatees, we may venture out to the Virginia Key Cove where multiple manatee and dolphin sightings have been documented! Please keep in mind that Virginia Key is filled with wildlife, you may see even more than just Manatees. If time and weather permits it, we may beach at North Point where you are able to see an array of different bird species and the gorgeous Miami Skyline.
Full Moon Paddle
Discover why Miami is called the Magic City! Enjoy a spectacular night under the starts.
City lights glimmer as do the stars above the Miami Skyline, Port of Miami, and wrap up your evening with shimmering night sky in the lagoon. We’ll make a stop on the water along the way from which we can enjoy the sights.
Absolutely. Bring something for the grill, a beverage and a dry change of clothes. Bring something to share and be prepared to chill with new and old friends. Dominoes, music, view the lovely night sky… If you drink you must drink responsibly. We do not sell or serve alcohol. Beer and wine are ok but you must bring your own. Hard liquor is not welcome.
Coastal Photo Safari
Grab your camera. Grab your sunscreen. Grab a cooler and let’s go!
Discover Miami’s coastal habitat. There is life of all shapes and sizes living in the sand, rocks, and sea grass beds of Virginia Key Beach North Point Park. Experience this spectacular habitat first hand from your kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
We may stop at a beach or sandbar along the ask (subject to tide levels) This is a lighthearted, relaxing, fun paddle for all ages and skill levels.
Visitors can expect to see:
-Variety of fish
-Sea birds and coastal birds
-Eagle rays, and
Locals have always known about Virginia Key. One of few remaining natural areas in South Florida, Virginia Key has always been a local favorite for those in the know. Wrap up your morning on Lamar Lake with a tour of our lagoon. A nursery for numerous ocean species this salt water lagoon is home manatees, fish, birds, and event the occasional dolphin visit.
Discover Virginia Key, Miami’s best kept secret from your kayak or paddleboard. Enjoy Miami like a tourist ; ) After all we live here.
All Tours Include:
- Life Jackets
- Basic instruction
- Weather Updates
- Area/Route information
- FREE Parking in the VKOC Lot
- FREE Entrance to the Park
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