Paddles Outdoor Rentals
Eco Tours • Gear Rentals • Private Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
At Paddles Outdoor Rentals, we offer Kayak Rentals, Paddleboard Rentals, Water Bike Rentals, Clear Kayak Tours, Guided Kayak Eco-Tours, and Swim With Manatee Tours at the best prices in Crystal River. Largest inventory, the newest equipment, and the best customer service.
Crystal River, Florida

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Travelers' Choice
2022
Tours and Tickets by Paddles Outdoor Rentals
2–3 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 94% of travelers
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from
$65.00
per adult
Self-guided Tours
4 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 98% of travelers
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from
$50.00
per adult
Self-guided Tours
4 hours
Free cancellation
Not sure? You can cancel this reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Recommended by 94% of travelers
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from
$60.00
per group
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Jill G
Asheville, NC9 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We had a great experience with this family owned adventure company. The first thing you will notice is a cute and well maintained gift shop with a nice array of quality merchandise. The bathroom and changing rooms are clean. The folks that work here were so accommodating as we had to change our reservation time a few times due to weather/scheduling conflicts. The bikes are very stable and fun to ride but it can be more challenging on a windier day. It was easy to get around the bay and head to some springs. We got to spot a manatee swimming in clear water. The high vantage point makes it easier to spot them than when you are in a kayak. Our 9 year old wasn’t quite tall enough to pedal, but she was able to ride with her dad and they refunded us her bike rental. We highly recommend the water bikes but mostly we recommend this great company!
Written April 2, 2021
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paddlesoutdoor
We are so glad that you had a wonderful experience on our water bikes. We really try to create an environment at our shop and our launch location that we personally like when we travel. Our philosophy from top to bottom is definitely to treat our guests EXACTLY the way we like to be treated when we are traveling around the world. Thanks again for spending the day with us and we hope to see you back again :)
Written April 11, 2021
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Stephen K
7 contributions
Apr 2021
All of the organized manatee cruises were booked for the week we were in Crystal River over Spring Break. Our simple solution was to rent our own kayaks and make our own manatee cruise/swim. Paddles was able to help with that plan. We had 1 adult and 3 kids (9, 7, and 5). They suggested a triple kayak and one single. We booked a 3 hour rental and met at the shop. This ended up being much less expensive than the other manatee tours. You will be asked to watch a short video about the rules of going into the springs with the manatees. Once you sign a few waiver forms, you are off to Kings Bay Park. You will need to pay for parking ($5.00 for all day). Once there, meet up with the Paddles truck and they will take you to the kayak launch, they put the kayak on the launch platform. They have a map of the waterway to Three Sister Springs and nearby canals where most of the manatees are. We paddled our way following the map. The path to follow was easy and we were quickly into the canals and close to the springs. There were a lot of other kayaks. Keep an eye out for the manatees. We went out on Wednesday, 4/7 so it was after prime manatee viewing season. We did see several manatees in the canals, some swam directly under our kayaks. We travelled to Three Sisters Springs. Once there, you can enter the spring by kayak or chose to swim in. As it was crowded, we chose to swim in. If you chose to swim in, there is a place to tie up your kayak just outside of the springs. The water feels pretty cold even though someone told me it was about 72. The spring waters are very clear! Luckily I had no trouble getting back into the kayak, but a lot of others struggled to get back into their kayaks. The ride back to the launch site was nice. If you have time you can explore other canals and the Hunter Springs Park area (all on the map). We got back to Kings Bay Park and the Paddles staff helped get the kayaks back onto the launch area and us out of the kayaks. They took care of the kayaks from there. The kids enjoyed the kayaking very much and the 8 year old was able to handle the single kayak on his own. The Paddles staff was great and helped to make an enjoyable trip to Crystal River even better!
Written April 13, 2021
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paddlesoutdoor
Thank you so much Stephen for your 5-star review and for taking the time to share your experience with us here at Paddles. We are thrilled you and your family enjoyed yourselves paddling all around and finding the map to be helpful. We look forward to having you all back here with us again soon :)
Written May 11, 2021
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Rachel Y
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I had an impromptu trip to Crystal River with my teenage son and some friends. Our itinerary and rental needs weren’t well planned out and I needed last minute reservations for some equipment, including wetsuits and kayak paddles. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated Paddles Outdoor Rentals! They were incredibly flexible and understanding about changes in my reservation. Their facility was nice, clean, convenient and the equipment was in great shape. The staff were extremely helpful in getting us the correct size wetsuits. I highly recommend Paddles Outdoor Rentals for any equipment, tours, etc and I will definitely use them again!
Written January 20, 2020
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paddlesoutdoor
We are so glad you had a great experience from start to finish with our company. Customer service is our number one goal and are happy you enjoyed yourself so much. Come back and see us again in the future and thanks again for your awesome review :)
Written January 21, 2020
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Larry D
1 contribution
Jan 2021 • Couples
The experience was not at all what we expected. The whole thing was disorganized and no clear directions. At the office,, there was no control of occupancy in the building during this pandemic. Also, a "tip of 15% was asked before any service was rendered."
The directions were unclear and we had difficulty finding parking. Paying parking. Ranger came, unmasked, to assist. Then no clear point to "find" our vessels (kayaks). At water front no masks or social distancing at all.. Was instructed since windy to go to the first cove ( which EVERYONE was instructed to go there, so, the cove was extremely crowded.)
More time was spent avoiding, boats, divers, other kayaks, paddle boards, etc....so, impossible to view any manatees even IF there had been any there.
By the way, we wore mask, office people masked, other customer were masked. However, the employees assisting customers in and out of vessels who wrre in your face were NOT masked! I cannot recommend spending your money or time, or health safety with this outfit at all.
The fact that we avoided a navigational disaster on the water was only due to our own skill set.
Very expensive lesson learned.
Written January 3, 2021
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paddlesoutdoor
Thank you SO much for taking the time to give us your AMAZING review of our company! First off KAREN, we do not ASK for tips, there is an option when checking out through Square to leave a tip, which is customary in the service and travel industry. Evidently you do not get out much and we HIGHLY recommend you continue to stay home as you can not handle being outside in public. As you stated, our employees wore masks in the shop and other guests were wearing masks even though it is not required to make people more comfortable. We 1,000,000% will not make our employees at our launch area wear masks OUTSIDE on a 75 degree day!!! We fully understand there is Covid going on which is why we do not shuttle all customers now. We also have ipads for customers to watch the mandatory safety videos OUTSIDE if you choose. We sterilize everything and take precautions for our guests. As far as the amount of people, you chose the BUSIEST WEEK OF THE YEAR!!!!! What do you think would happen?!?!?!? Have the entire waterways to yourself??? Your other comment about going to a different area is for your SAFETY!!! It is unbelievable that someone like yourself could be so unhappy during such an awesome day outside. One last thing, please NEVER come back to visit us again.. Do not send friends, do not send family members as anyone with your horrible attitude is not welcome in our facilities. Thanks again for your awesome review and can you please take the time to switch your rating to a 1 star instead of 2? We would GREATLY appreciate that. Thanks again - Chris, the owner :)
Written January 4, 2021
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Mary T
Coventry, United States3 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Shell Key with our guide, Josh! He did a great job throughout and took us to a beautiful area of beach where we found an abundance of shells and starfishes. Josh was very knowledgeable about all the birds and nature we saw. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the beauty of the preserve. I would highly recommend this tour!
I would highly suggest using sunscreen and bringing water shoes, water, and a hat.
Written November 28, 2022
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ssingsone
St. Petersburg, FL15 contributions
Feb 2021 • Friends
A small group of friends and I drove up from St. Petersburg to rent water bikes. From start to finish it was an awesome experience because the customer service of Taylor, Chris and our young, handsome driver (sorry forgot his name) who took us over to the docks by golf cart were super helpful and friendly. Everyone and everything was way beyond what I expected! Taylor took pictures of us and sent them to our iPhones and she was patient and kind when showing us how to navigate the waters, and operate our water bikes— and at the end when I left my car key accidentally in the water proof compartment she DROVE ME BACK to retrieve it, with pure kindness and understanding! Additionally, I was offered and promised a refund for not using the kayak I had preordered (instead decided to ride the water bike) and this was done easily and without incident! Can’t wait to go back and bring other friends!!! Paddles Outdoor Rentals is outstanding in customer service and the overall experience on the water is one you don’t want to miss! You’ll see lots of manatees if you’re lucky like we were.
Written February 11, 2021
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paddlesoutdoor
Thank you so much for your outstanding review of us here at Paddles!! We strive to make everyone feel welcome and excited to spend time in our beautiful area, especially on those fun water bikes. Your handsome driver (Josh) and the rest of our team are all incredible and enjoy what they do to the fullest. Glad your time with us was enjoyable as well and look forward to seeing you and your friends back soon :)
Written February 12, 2021
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Christine Lozada
San Diego, CA181 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
I’m so happy to have found Paddles Outdoors Rental’s and have used their services several times. The owner Chris and all his staff are fun but very professional in making sure my experience was always unforgettable. My last rental for kayaks was when my parents arrived from California and wanted to experience the manatees. December weather is cold but the waters are always 72 degrees. However, for comfort, we were provided wet suits and Jessica ensured my parents were doing well and they had an experience of a lifetime! Afterwards, hot chocolate was provided. I’m so happy they’ll go home with memories they’ll never forget!!
Written December 11, 2020
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paddlesoutdoor
Thank you so much Christine for choosing us again for your adventure with your parents. As always, it is so nice to see you and big Lou in our shop. Your parents were amazing and I hope they come back to visit us again the next time they come to Florida. Thanks again for being awesome and we look forward to seeing you again soon :)
Written December 22, 2020
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Steve
Ruskin, FL29 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
From the moment we booked, to check in, gear up & orientation, return, and especially the time with our guide Hunter, everyone at Paddles was friendly and professional. Our tour was very pleasant and relaxing. We highly recommend Paddles and would definitely spend a day with them again.
Written November 26, 2020
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paddlesoutdoor
Thank you so much for acknowledging our awesome staff! We ALL work very hard on making sure our guests have the best time possible on the water. Hunter and our other guides are very knowledgeable about the ecosystem here in Crystal River. Please come back to visit us again soon and tell all of your friends about us :)
Written December 11, 2020
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McKinleyBlues
Atlanta, GA2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We rented four kayaks from Paddles on 12/28. We had to move our appointment one day and the Paddles staff was gracious and accommodating. They welcomed us warmly when we arrived and got us set up for our adventure. I didn’t really know what to expect but thought it would be a successful day if we saw one manatee. We saw 20+ manatees swimming all around us— from enormous ones to mamas with little calves. Some were snoozing, but most were active. It was truly the highlight of our trip!
Written December 29, 2021
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Thank you so much for sharing your 5-Star experience and for your kind words about our establishment !! We are so glad you enjoyed your time on the water as it is truly a beautiful area. We hope you come back and see us again soon :)
Written December 31, 2021
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Chris S
1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
Our family rented 2 kayaks and 2 paddle boards. We were lucky to have beautiful weather. Staff at the office and on the dock were very pleasant and helpful. We had a great paddle and particularly enjoyed the 3 sisters springs. We saw fish, turtles and manatees. Lots of kayaks and paddle boards about but for the most part not overly congested. All in all it was a great Mother’s Day paddle with Paddles!
Written May 9, 2022
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paddlesoutdoor
Thanks so much for spending the day with us and for your 5-star review. We greatly appreciate the business and look forward to seeing you again soon :)
Written May 10, 2022
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