Our family of 6 recently stayed at the Ivey House and did 2 trips in 1 day - the sunrise and sunset. Both are fabulous and I would go again. Tom and Troy were our guides - Tom was all about the plants, Troy was all about the birds :) We had kayaked in Sarasota too and that guide was all about the sea creatures so we learned lots of great information on these trips!
If possible definitely stay at the Ivey House - especially for the early morning trip - it was quite overcast and eventually did rain on us but we and Tom were prepared. And it helps that the hotel has a guest laundry to dry out all the wet clothes.
The sunset tour was really good - it was still cloudy so there wasn't much of a sunset to see but kayaking in the dark with headlamps seeing alligator eyes is awesome! I wouldn't take small children on this tour - mine are 13 and up so they were fine but younger kids might be scared.
If we're ever back to that part of Florida again we will be back to do more kayaking!
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