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The Best Places to Go Kayaking in Tampa Bay

  • June 1, 2023
  • | 11:46 PM

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With all of Tampa Bay’s beaches and parks, there are plenty of areas to bring go kayaking in Tampa Bay. Whether you’re looking for some city vibes or a serene getaway, Tampa BY has the place for you. We’ve done our research on the best places to explore kayaking in Tampa Bay, so you can have the best experience!

Shell Key Preserve

Located in Pinellas County is one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands. Shell Key Preserve holds about 1,800 acres of preserve to explore.  Since so much beach space in the area is developed with condominiums and commercial buildings, Shell Key is a hidden gem of untouched land.

Kayaking in Tampa Bay with the experts at Get Up and Go is the best way to go! While making your way around the preserve, you’ll get to explore mangrove trees, sea grass, and Florida wildlife.

Hours & Location

Monday | 8:00am–7:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am–7:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am–7:00pm
Friday | 8:00am–7:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am–7:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–7:00pm

 📍2187 Oceanview Dr, Tierra Verde, FL 33715

Hillsborough River through Downtown Tampa

📸 @urban_kai

Kayaking in Tampa Bay – through the Hillsborough River through Downtown Tampa is a surreal experience. On one side you’re viewing The University of Tampa and viewing all of Tampa’s most iconic entertainment spots on the other!

If you’re looking for a place to start, we recommend Julian B. Lane park. Not only is it a beautiful starting point, but they also have great parking and ample pier space to jet off. Don’t have your own kayak equipment? Check out Urban Kai at Armature Works for kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals!

Hours & Location

Monday | 10:00am–7:00pm
Tuesday | 10:00am–7:00pm
Wednesday | 10:00am–7:00pm
Thursday | 10:00am–7:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–8:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am–7:00pm

📍 310 W 7th Ave #5404, Tampa, FL 33602


Honeymoon Island

📸 @honeymoon_island

Honeymoon Island is a hideaway spot, mainly frequented by locals and residents. This natural state park offers tourists an escape from city life. Here you can find eagles, osprey, horned owl, and tortoises while exploring the park.

We recommend kayaking from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island – not too far off their coast! There you’ll be greeted by a marina, concession area, and picnic tables.

Hours & Location

Sunday-Saturday | 8:00am- 8:00pm

📍 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698

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Excited about exploring different spots while kayaking in Tampa Bay? Let us know your favorite by tagging @StuffToDoInTampaBay on Instagram and Facebook!

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Venezuelan (she/her) | 📍 Tampa since 2019 | Content Writer & Dog Mom...