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“Great time by all” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Paddling Adventures

Paddling Adventures
6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL
352-597-8484
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Great time by all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

I was a little iffy for this being the first time my husband and daughter (7) had been kayaking. From the moment we arrived, the staff was very helpful. We did not make a reservation and were lucky to get one. Make a reservation! The scenery is beautiful. It is very peaceful. We were able to see several fish, birds, one snake, three or four large swimming turtles, and one young manatee at the end. We passed other small boats, wave runners, and kayakers. Everyone was very respectful of space and would greet each other. Water Patrol officers were out and were also friendly. A few camps along the way had even decorated there back decks and some played music for the passerby's. There are signs along the path that keep you on the right path. Water current makes it easy for traveling so you can rest when tired. At the end the tied was high, not much of a current the last half mile. Lots of trees. I got caught up on a fallen tree. I needed to be pushed out. And my husband for some reason always ended up in a tree. This caused for much laughter and great memories. When we arrived to the end of our adventure, the staff was there to greet us and help us to the van awaiting. We had to wait a few minutes to see if any other kayakers would arrive. Our driver was very friendly and pointed out some good places to visit in the area. I have to say that this was a very nice activity. We fell in love with the area and appreciate the beauty. We can not wait to go back.

Visited June 2014
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Lewes, Delaware
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4 attraction reviews
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“Can't wait to go back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We rented 2 tandem kayaks last week. What a wonderful adventure! The scenery was spectacular and the water beautiful. I have been kayaking in many states and the Weeki Wachee river is definitely the best. We enjoyed pulling off and swimming in the refreshing water, saw lots of fish and a young manatee. The current is strong enough so you have an easy paddle and not too strong that you cannot swim safely. It is obvious this is a very popular area so the river was busy the day we went. I would advise reserving a kayak so you aren't disappointed. Virginia at the desk was wonderful! She gave us great suggestions for dinner too! We are already looking forward to taking the trip again. Thank you Paddling Adventures!

Visited June 2014
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Winter Garden, Florida
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“Long trip”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is a very long trip, five and a half miles. Not for the fainthearted. Narrow river is not compatible for motor and paddling boats together. The bugs are ferocious. I would not recommend for families with younger children. The State Park rangers are very gruff and rude. State Park rules are simple. IF IT IS FUN, DONT DO IT!!! There is only one bathroom for everyone to use. The workers that were not rangers tried to be helpful but were overshadowed by their superiors.

Visited May 2014
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PaddlingAdventures, Supervisor at Paddling Adventures, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Hi Terry,

Yes it is 5 and a half mile trip down the beautiful Weeki Wachee river. You are also assisted by a 4 to 5 mph current coming from the crystal clear waters of the head spring to help you along. It averages most paddlers approximately 3 hours at a leisurely pace, some families take longer to enjoy the water and scenery and others do the trip in under 2 hours. We often have families go down regularly with kids and even grand children, many of which are under a year old. Some children as young as 7 or 8 even get a kayak of their own with parents approval. We do have 2 restrooms at our location before you launch and we also have restrooms at Rogers Park which is our pick up point. We would love to hear from you directly to discuss any other issues you may have had. Our number is 352-597-8484.

Thank you very much,

Chris
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Orlando, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Must Try!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

The staff was very friendly and helpful. They let us launch our own stand up paddle boards for a smaller fee than renting their canoes/kayaks. They also pick you up and drive you back to the starting point when you're done with the trip, which is 5 1/2 miles down the Weeki Wachee river.. The Weeki Wachee river is absolutely gorgeous!!

Visited May 2014
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Homosassa, Florida
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9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“A Must to See Florida's Natural Side”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

If you want to see Florida's Nature and beauty then take a trip down the Weeki Wachee river, this trip is 5 miles and takes about 2 -3 hours, bring a cooler with drinks and sandwiches because there are sandy places along the river to pull over and eat, but please bring your trash with you !!! The current is with you the whole time so you are never fighting it and for the adventurous there are rope swings at several spots were the springs are deep. You will see much of Florida's wildlife if you are lucky, with many birds, fish and Manatee's and maybe even a gator. The water is crystal clear and just beautiful to look at or swim in. You will be in awe the entire trip and have a blast whether it is your first time kayaking or if you are a pro.. They have both single kayaks or tandems, or you can launch your own....

Visited April 2014
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