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Florida Outdoor Center

405 Papaya Cir, Sebastian, FL 32976
+1 772-202-0220
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Ranked #2 of 19 Activities in Sebastian
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Encounter manatee, dolphin, and a multitude of birds up close with FLOC, voted Best Guided Tour in...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
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.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Had the opportunity to do a paddle boarding trip with Kristen as our guide. We were not disappointed at all! This is my 4th time SUPing and my mom's 1st. Kristen took the time to teach mom how to use the board and had a few different boards for her to try so that she had one she was comfortable... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

let me start off by saying... to those who haven't tried, kayaking is not as easy as it looks! however once you get the hang of it its pretty cool; and a great arm workout! i went with my two little cousins. in the beginning it was a bit challenging as the kids were pretty nervous about the whole sitting... More 

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

Thank you! I also had a great day- and was so happy we got to see all the sea hares! One of the best things about my job is helping people get over their fear and it is so exciting to see fear turn into wonder and excitement! I look forward to see you and the kids again next time... More 

Cocoa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Our family had a wonderful personalized trip today and appreciated the knowledge and obvious love of nature that Kristen displays. We launched out of the Riverview Park at Sebastian into the Indian River. The water was crystal-clear and beautiful. We saw a large variety of birds and learned about the history of this area of the Indian River. The equipment... More 

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

We are so glad that you enjoyed the trip! The conservation islands are magical places and the lagoon is one of the best outdoor offices in Florida! I do hope to see you again soon Be well and keep exploring! Kristen Beck More 

Meriden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

After reading the reviews for the Florida Outdoor Center, my husband and I decided to give kayaking a try. We booked the Sebastian River trip with Kristen. She taught us about kayaking form and safety before we started - and after our orientation we began a magical trip. We saw alligators from a safe distance, a manatee, beautiful birds and... More 

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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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