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Ride and Paddle at The Bay (Guided Tour)

Come experience the flora and fauna at The Bay through a free, guided kayak nature tour.

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The Bay Park- Kayak Launch 655 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34236

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Every Saturday at 8:30am, join us for a free, 2-hour, intermediate-level tour through The Bay’s restored mangroves and to the north and south of the park, allowing paddlers to explore Sarasota Bay and learn more about The Bay Park from Ride & Paddle’s experienced guides. ($60+ value!)

Kayaks and life jackets are provided.

Age Requirements: This ride is only recommended for children 12 years and older. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

*We kindly ask you to refrain from registering for multiple dates to ensure we have enough space to accommodate everyone interested.

**Due to popular demand for free guided tours, we are only accepting registartions four weeks out in advance.**

Where to Meet: Please go to The Bay Park’s newly added ADA-accessible kayak and paddle launch located located at the south-east edge of the bayou near the corner of Van Wezel Way and Blvd of the Arts.

**IF YOUR PLANS CHANGE: Space is very limited and due to popular demand, we have experienced a growing waitlist. As a courtesy to other park guests, please quickly notify The Bay Team or cancel your reservation if you are no longer able to attend so we are able to release your spot to someone else.


Prefer to explore The Bay your own way? Ride & Paddle is offering kayak and paddle board rentals everyday from 8:30am-4pm. To make a reservation, visit: