Our three hour Motorized Kayak Adventure is now offered from C.S. Lee Park on the St. Johns River. This is truly one of our favorite tours. This trip can be done at any time of day since it is protected from the wind except on extremely windy days. Still the early morning or late afternoon times are the favorite. After a quick lesson to make sure everyone is comfortable with the kayak controls, we launch to the southwest in the St. Johns River and head upstream for about a half mile looking for the entrance where the Econ River joins the St. Johns. The St. Johns River is a very beautiful river with many different paths to offer. There is plenty to see and many creatures call the river home. Yes, there are alligators, eagles and lots of wading birds that call the St John's River home. The scenery is very marsh like for the first mile with few trees and lots of tall marsh grasses. At the entrance to the Econ everything changes. Marsh gives way to a slow meandering tree-lined river. The old growth trees are beautiful as are the hills along the river. Here is where every rounding of a corner brings another chance to see something new. One corner contains a nesting pair of Bald Eagles, the next a group of sleeping alligators, a raccoon, deer, otter, wild pigs, osprey, Spoonbill, and perhaps even a Crested Caracara ....all are possible visitors on your trip up the river.A the halfway point we exit the kayaks for a brief break to stretch the legs and have a drink, and possibly explore a bit of the river bank. Then it's back in the kayaks to make the return trip to our launch site.Customized adventures and itineraries are always available upon request.Here's a video of a motorized tour on the Econ River.
Conditions can be extreme here in Florida. It is important to prepare well to gain the best enjoyment from your trip. Your guides are very familiar with your paddling environment and conditions. Feel free to ask any questions you would like in order to understand all you need to be confident about your trip. Please understand, we will not paddle in unsafe conditions including high winds and thunderstorms.
What to expect…
A Day Away Inc. reserves the right to deny service to any patron deemed to be an impaired paddler for whatever reason. Your safety and the safety of the group are our highest priority.
Please understand that when a reservation is made with A Day Away, that it is a commitment for us to hold seats for you. We can (and often do) turn away others from that particular date (or tour). With this in mind we must hold to the following policies:
Included in your reservation is a deposit - For parties of 4 or less this is $3/person and for parties of 5 of more it is 5% of the trip total. THIS DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE
In the event that you must cancel your reservation, you will be charged as follows:
1. Reservations cancelled 48 hours or more before a scheduled trip will receive a full refund less the deposit, no questions asked.
2. Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of tour departure will be charged full trip price.
3. Groups arriving at time of event with less than the number of participants originally booked will be charged for each no-show at full price.
4. Same day cancellations are charged 100% of total trip price.
5. Tours will wait for parties “running late” for 15 minutes beyond the published tour time. After that the tour will launch as scheduled and your card will be charged the full amount for that tour.
6. Cancellations will not be accepted via email. Please confirm your change in plans by phone. Email is unreliable.
Please Know: This is Florida, rain at your location DOES NOT mean rain at our launch site.
Please Know: We will not paddle in unsafe conditions.
Please Know: A Day Away makes the final decision on whether a trip cancels due to weather.
We attempt in all cases to determine prior to your tour launch if weather will impede your trip. However, there are rare occasions where we have launched and weather patterns change suddenly at which time we must return to shore.
In this case the following policies apply and each patron is responsible to contact the office to make arrangements.
~~Where tour is cancelled after we already launched the kayaks and must return to shore patrons can:
~~Where tour is cancelled by A Day Away, Inc before we have launched the kayaks patrons can:
A Day Away Inc. is not responsible for any reservation you fail to keep due to weather conditions, road hazards, vehicle breakdowns, personal agenda, or other unforeseen conditions that may hinder your participation in the tour as scheduled. We reserve the right to cancel or modify any trip due to circumstances beyond our control: water fluctuations, weather conditions, insufficient reservations or acts of God. In such cases, we cannot be responsible for paying any expenses you may have incurred other than to refund monies due to you for tour price.
There are no exceptions to these cancellation policies. (321) 268-2655