So you've wanted to explore an estuary on Florida's east coast, but didn't want to bother with having to get, you know, your own boat? Fortunately, the park rangers and volunteers at the Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, a park of pristine saltmarshes, beaches and dunes, located about 30 minutes north of Daytona, have got you covered.
Encompassing both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the Gamble Rogers park is located in Flagler Beach, offering group kayak tours on the Matanzas River. The two-hour paddling safari, led by park rangers who are experts on Florida's delicate estuarine ecology, feature a guided exploration through the unique ecosystem of marsh and spoil islands, mangrove, active oyster beds, and water-level views of marine life and wading birds.
All levels of kayakers are welcome, with all safety equipment, kayaks, paddles and instruction included. The cost is $25 per person for the trip, which takes place once a month during winter, with an expanded schedule in the summer months. For more information, contact the park at (386) 517-2086 or floridastateparks.org/gamblerogers/
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