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Florida Outdoor Center

405 Papaya Cir, Sebastian, FL 32976
772-202-0220
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Ranked #3 of 16 activities in Sebastian
Type: Tours
Owner description: Encounter manatee, dolphin, and a multitude of birds up close with FLOC, voted Best Guided Tour in Florida, Kayaks Etc is now Florida Outdoor Center.... more » Owner description: Encounter manatee, dolphin, and a multitude of birds up close with FLOC, voted Best Guided Tour in Florida, Kayaks Etc is now Florida Outdoor Center. Offering Guided Tours Daily,FLOC offers more excursions on land and the water to some of Florida’s most diverse ecosystems including the Indian River Lagoon, St Sebastian Preserve State Park and Pelican Island. Explore by kayak, bike or on foot with our staff Marine Biologist, Florida Master Naturalists, ACA certified Instructors or go on your own. Stand up Paddleboards, kayaks, bikes and hiking tours and rentals available daily, please try to give our staff 24 hours notice. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

I treated my 9 yr. old twin grandaughters to another summer camp experience at Florida Outdoor Center. They had a fantastic time.!! . Mike and Kristen have taught the girls so much about the area, the wildlife, and how to have a wonderful time while learning. The councelors are very professional and I never worried about my girls on the... More

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Noah took my family of 6 out today in the Indian River Lagoon. One of my 9 year olds was terrified to go and Noah assured him it would be okay and he would be safe. He was patient with the kids and was an awesome guide. He showed us a lot of marine life and we had a blast... More

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Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We are in the Vero/Sebastian area each Winter, and never miss having several trips with Kristen. She knows the wildlife, vegetation and history of the area like no one else. She has spotted some rare birds while we have kayaked the St. Sebastian River - things we never would have picked out on our own. Always pleasant - just a... More

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riverotter1320, Manager at Florida Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you Hal I always learn a few things from you as well on our outings. I hope your summer is full of adventures- I am looking forward to hearing great stories on our next paddle. You on get to experience the magic of the outdoors if you get yourself outdoors as often as possible. Yes you can see amazing... More

Chiang Mai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We LOVED kayaking on the Sebastian River with Kristen, our guide, and her younger assistant. The journey itself was enchanting, with thick foliage, lots of wild birds, manatee, and one 12 foot alligator, which we kept our distance from! Kristen is extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and passionate about the preservation of nature. Her descriptions and explanations really... More

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riverotter1320, Manager at Florida Outdoor Center, responded to this review

We love helping families connect to each other as they connect with nature on our tours!! Our junior guides are great Teens that are learning how to e the future leaders and we are pleased that they helped on your tour. We are passionate about conservation and ethically watching wildlife on the river and in the woods- so we will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Kristen has been consistently an awesome guide. She will always do her best to find all animals and birds we have requested. We went out with her and my two friends and two women we did not know that had never paddled before and Kristen was able to teach them how to row and they did a great job and... More

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riverotter1320, Manager at Florida Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you!!!! It is always great to see guests return year after year. We love developing friendships with people we have met out on our adventures. Mike and I love being outdoors and sharing our passion and passing on our experience and knowledge is why we do this. See you next time around! Kristen More

Vero Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The wind was blowing. There was rain threatening to come down. Kristen left it up to us to decide if we wanted to go. IT WAS GREAT! I have been living near the lagoon for ..... ok somewhere north of 40 years but I learned so much from Kristen.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We purchased the half day trip with lunch as a gift for my father's 70th birthday. The Florida Outdoor Center made the whole thing very easy. I made all the arrangements on the phone and they e-mailed me the gift certificate. As you can see from my fathers e-mail below they had a great time. I would highly recommend this... More

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riverotter1320, General Manager at Florida Outdoor Center, responded to this review

It was our pleasure to celebrate your Dad's birthday! And mother nautre gave us a spectacuar day. We were spoiled The dophin put on a great show, there were so many birds, and we found lots live conch and quiet a few hermit crabs. We hope to meet you and talk your Dad out on the water again! Thank you.... More

North Laurel, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

What a great lesson! Took my daughter and niece for our first try at stand up paddleboarding during winter break from college. All three of us were able to get up and paddle. Kristin was a great instructor! Very knowledgable and she covered all the basics, we were able to try out three different types of stand up paddle boards.... More

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riverotter1320, General Manager at Florida Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Thank you! Stand up paddling is an amazing way to combine fitness and fun. We are very passionalte about the sport and are the only Certified Instructors in the area. The day was a bit windy but I moved the lesson to across the street to a more sheltered area and you all did great! We look forward to your... More

Davenport, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

If you are looking for something away from the theme park scene that's educational this is it. Kristen was awesome with my kids and was very informative. We saw many mantatee birds and fish. No alligators but knowing they were in the water made it even more fun. Highlight of my Florida holiday...will be back!!!

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riverotter1320, General Manager at Florida Outdoor Center, responded to this review

Family trips during the holidays are one of our favorits! We enjoy being part of the vacation and hope we are able to lend our knowledge and experiences to make your adventures more memorable. We love seeing returning families and watching the kids grow- so we will look for you in the future! Play well and get outdoors as often... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

I have enjoyed Kristen's tours so much I've sent my twin granddaughters to her camp for a second year. Her week-long camp gets better every year. The twins had a wonderful time and learned so much from Mike and Kristen. They had a fantastic week of camp making new friends, learning new skills on the water and learning so much... More

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We love summer camp!!!! Thank you Nan for sending the girls again. We had a blast with them. they were excellent hermit crab hunters and the habitats that they built were amazing. Summer camp is be far our favorit time of the year- we get to paddle, teach, and explore all day everyday and in a week we get to... More

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