American Littoral Society
Society offers the following nature tours and kayak trips at various locations:. Unless noted, trips are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
▪ Blackburn Point, Sarasota, sunset kayak, 5:30-8 p.m. Sept. 22.
▪ Don Pedro State Park, Lemon Bay, Englewood, kayak trip, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 25; $25 members, $30 nonmembers.
All equipment provided and included in cost. A short training session given. Participants encouraged to wear sunscreen and bring water. Reservations required. 941-966-7308.
Monthly garden tours
Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service
The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Manatee County Master Gardeners will host free guided tours of demonstration gardens. The one-hour tours illustrate garden styles and techniques, Florida-friendly landscaping principles. Visitors will walk through greenhouse, vegetable, butterfly, sensory and children’s gardens. 1303 17th St. W., Palmetto, 941-722-4524. 10 a.m. Third Tuesday of the month.
Frog Creek RV Resort
Frog Creek RV Resort, on historic Frog Creek just north of Palmetto, offers a summer rate of $25 a day, plus electricity, for a family of four at their resort. Swimming pool , kayaking and canoeing. 8515 Bayshore Road, Palmetto, 800-771-3764 or frogcreek.us.com.
Top Gun Flyboards
Top Gun Flyboards offers flyboarding instruction and rentals with flyboard certified instructors. 8400 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, 941-565-1727 or topgunflyboards.com.10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays.
Emerson Point Preserve Nature Tours
Master Gardeners conduct free tours at 9 a.m. on at least one Saturday and one Sunday each month. Tours are limited to 12 and reservations must be made through the Master Gardener office. A portion of the tour is handicap accessible. Emerson Point Preserve, Snead Island. 941-722-4524. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Sarasota Bay Explorers
Eco-tour Nature Safari, with looks into the ecosystems of southwest Florida. View bird nests and watch for creatures of the bay. Observe bottlenose dolphins, manatees and sea turtles. Mote Aquarium on City Island, Sarasota. $26 adults, $22 children ages 4-12. Aquarium admission not included. 941-388-4200. Cruises daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m.
Walk on the Wild Side Eco-Tours
Guided canoeing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing tours in west central Florida. Half-day, full-day, moonlight and overnight trips. All equipment and transportation is provided and instruction is available. 629 41st St., Sarasota, $30, 941-351-6500. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Anna Maria Island Segway Tours
AMI Segway Tours takes visitors along the Gulf of Mexico and Intracoastal Waterway, exploring Historic Bridge Street, Anna Maria City Pier, Bean Point, and more. Tours offered daily, limited to six guests and start at $40 a person. Includes training, helmet, water and photo opportunities. Reservations suggested. 941-565-2082 or Zegwaybythe bay.com or stop by Paradise Bagel Cafe, 3220 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach, for tickets.
Segs by the Sea
Segs by the Sea offers scenic Segway tours of Anna Maria Island and area beaches including Longboat Key and Heritage History Tour. Options include one hour, 90 minutes and two hours and cost $40-$60. Segway, bike, electric bike and paddle board rentals. Training and helmets included in tours and rentals. 119 C Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 941-209-5970 or segsbythesea.com. Reservations are 8 a.m.-sunset.
Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures
Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures offers trips to Anna Maria, Braden River, Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Don Pedro Island, Egmont Key, Fisheating Creek, Hillsborough River, Little Manatee River, Longboat Key, Myakka River, Peace River, Rainbow Springs, Siesta Key/Turtle Beach and South Lido Beach. Rentals and lessons also available. 941-504-6296 or kayakfl.com.
Parasail over the Gulf with the area’s oldest parasail operator. Dry takes-offs and landings for 2-3 people at a time. Anna Maria Island, 941-778-5000.
Beach Bum Billy’s
Charter or rent a boat at Beach Bum Billy’s, 427 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, 941-778-3316. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday.
Captain Kim’s Boat Rides and Charters offers dolphin, historical, bird watching, sea shelling tours,eco tours, sightseeing rides, sand bar hopping, boat rides and charters. South Coquina Boat Ramp, Bradenton Beach. $15 per person. 941-920-3307 or kimscharters.com.
Freedom Boat Club
Club offers use of 30 boats of various sizes, and members have unlimited use of boats. 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, 888-781-7363. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., daily.
Hughy’s Kayak Rentals and Tours
Explore the bay area of historic Cortez and Anna Maria Island on a kayak. Rent a kayak and explore on your own, or take our guided eco-tour that allows you to get up close to dolphins, manatees and many types of sea birds and sea life.12507 Cortez Road, 941-321-0233.Tours daily during the summer, and weekends during fall and winter.
Kathleen D Sailing Catamaran
Kathleen D Sailing Catamaran offers cruises to Egmont Key departing from the Seafood Shack in Cortez. 1000 First Ave. W., Bradenton, 6-hour sail costs $79 per adult, $59 per child ages 11 and younger. Snorkel equipment, lunch, water and soft drinks provided. 941-870-4349. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays.
Manatee River Boat Tours
Manatee River Boat Tours is offering boat trips daily. Boat tour times vary and each tour lasts approximately one hour and capacity is a maximum of six people. $20 a person, and reservations are required. 941-721-4230 or manateeriverboattours.com. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Manatee Sailing Association
The Manatee Sailing Association is a club with programs to give members information, experience and events for fun and safe boating. Various locations in Bradenton, 941-729-3573. The MSA meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Free kayak eco-tours and dealer tryouts through Perico Estuary at the northeast base of the Manatee Bridge. No experience necessary; kids welcome. Kayaks and all gear provided. 5416 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Free for the first half hour and only $10/hour extensions and is deductible from kayak purchase. 941-778-7757. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., every Saturday.
Oak Haven River Retreat
Oak Haven River Retreat offers guided sunrise canoe/kayak tours. 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Experience the excitement of an early-morning paddle along the river as you enter into 16,000 acres of parks and wilderness. Rentals available by the hour, half-day or full day. Rates per canoe/kayak: $12 an hour; $28 for a half-day and $38 for a full day. 12143 Riverhills Drive, Tampa, 813-988-4580. Canoe and kayak rentals are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
Paradise Boat Tours
Paradise Boat Tours offers daily tours of the Sarasota Bay and Anna Maria Sound on a 30-passenger, wind protected, Coast Guard inspected, power catamaran with covered seating and an observation area in the sun, offering guests nature and wildlife sights. Sunset tours available. 200 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, 941-465-8624 or seedolphins.com. Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Ray’s Canoe Hideaway
Canoe or kayak the Upper Manatee River. Enjoy paddling, picnicking, swimming and the scenery. 1247 Hagle Park Road, Bradenton, $23-$35 per boat, 941-747-3909. Half- or full-day rentals available. Dawn to dusk six days a week. Closed Wednesdays.
Regatta Pointe Marina Freedom Boat Club
The world’s largest members-only boating club is a simple alternative to boat ownership. Boats of all shapes and sizes are fueled up and ready to go. 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. 888-781-7363.
Regatta Pointe Marina Tours, Cruises and Charters
Regatta Pointe Marina offers tours, fishing trips for all ages, river excursions and sightseeing tours, sunset cruises, lunch and dinner cruises and charters, and sailing adventures on the Windancer. 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, 941-729-6021 or RegattaPointeMarina.com. Seven days a week.
Riverside Tours offers daily morning, afternoon and evening cruises on board a 45-foot River Skipper 2 that are narrated by a Florida master naturalist. Tours leave 1005 Riverside Drive, Palmetto. Guests are welcome to bring food and drinks. Maximum capacity is 44; $30 per person. 941-779-3606 or riversidetoursinc. U.S. Coast Guard certified, licensed and insured.
Sail the Gulf aboard a sleek and stable catamaran or Tallship Schooner. Dolphin sails, sunset sails, Egmont Key, overnight adventures and more. 941-761-4779. Nature tours by sailboat or kayak to remote mangrove islands or a day on Egmont Key. Seafood Shack Marina, Cortez, 941-713-8000.
Waves Boat and Social Club
Waves is a customer-focused boat club offering the unlimited use of a brand new fleet of boats as well as a full social calendar packed with fun things to do. With two convenient locations in Bradenton and Sarasota. 941-795-1600 or wavesboatclub.com.