Kayak Cedar Keys Ecotours



by Jennifer Odom

Wow! Are you kidding? A private kayak nature tour at Cedar Key… led by a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist? Yep! Dr. Paul King tailors each interpretive tour to your individual needs and stamina. Paddle along with him to discover what makes Florida’s Cedar Key so special and important.

Clients paddle in onne of Cedar Key’s peaceful coves.                                                     Photo by Dr. Paul King


Learn about nature surrounding this historic coastal town, a gem along the longest stretch of unspoiled coastline in the nation. Investigate its islands, rookery, and lighthouse. Get a peek at UF’s research station. Or, closer to shore, learn about Cedar Key’s estuarine environment that overflows with flora and fauna.

Dr. King, a retired veterinarian and sailor/kayak/Cedar Key enthusiast from way back, might even toss in some local history. (Have you heard about Cedar Key’s railroad, its two historic industries, its part in the Civil War, or seen relics that remain of those things?)

Okay, this sounds great, but what is this Ecotour going to cost me?

Well, besides the kayak rental through Kayak Cedar Keys, (or use your own kayak), the tour is free. However, after the tour, donations are gratefully accepted. Every cent goes to benefit the upcoming rotation of aquarium exhibits to be housed at the public education center at UF’s Nature Coast Biological Station at Cedar Key, and to provide educational literature for the public.

University of Florida’s Nature Coast Biological Station located in Cedar Key                                                                        Photo by Tyler Jones






Not only will Dr. King’s Ecotours delight and educate, but benefits extend beyond your personal experience.






Kayak Cedar Keys located on the right end of  the public beach and on the east end of Dock Street at Cedar Key                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Jennifer Odom



And…your safety is foremost. Kayak Cedar Key vessels are Coast Guard approved and equipped.

Paul King and Logan Rooks of Kayak Cedar Key Ecotours, and Gabrielle Joy O.

Make reservations with Kayak Cedar Keys at 352-543-9447. You will be contacted by text or email to collaborate with Dr. King on weather-safe conditions and tides . As he says, “No guarantees, but I will not place anyone on the water if I don’t like the forecast, radar, or what I see.”