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In general, Tallahassee and Florida offer many natural areas to explore. A great way to explore the many rivers, lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico in Florida is by canoe or kayak. We assembled a list for you if you are looking for a place to go canoeing or kayaking around your Tallahassee Community College apartment. Canoeing and kayaking make for an excellent activity for all age groups and experience levels.
REZ LAKEFRONT PARK
The park is located in southwest Tallahassee is open to Florida State University students and the general public. Canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards are available to rent, where you can explore Lake Bradford or one of the three adjoining lakes.
ALFRED B. MACLAY GARDENS STATE PARK
On the other side of town in northeast Tallahassee, you will find this popular state park to paddle on Lake Hall. You can bring your own canoe or kayak, and they have a limited number of kayaks for rent.
This location thirty minutes south of Tallahassee Community College on the Wakulla River offers many options for rentals of canoes and kayaks to fit your group. They even provide eco-tours with professional guides and guided kayak fishing trips.
ST MARKS OUTFITTERS
Located thirty minutes south of Tallahassee in the community of St Marks, adjacent to St Mark's National Wildlife Refuge, you can explore Florida's "Forgotten Coast" by kayak. They also offer guided tours and fishing trips.
WACISSA RIVER CANOE & KAYAK RENTALS
Canoe or kayak the Wacissa River thirty minutes east of Tallahassee in the town of Monticello. The river is spring-fed and offers a relaxing trip to enjoy nature at its finest. They also just added airboat tours.
BEAR PAW ADVENTURES
Bear Paw Adventures is in Marianna, an hour west of your TCC apartment along I-10 West if you are looking for a full-day adventure. They offer canoe, kayak, and tube rentals to enjoy your time on the Chipola River and Spring Creek.
SUWANNEE RIVER CANOE RENTAL
Take a trip down the famous Suwannee River, the river mentioned in Florida's official state song, located an hour east of Tallahassee along I-10 East in Live Oak. Rentals for canoes and kayaks are available here and for overnight trips.
ECONFINA RIVER STATE PARK
This park offers a freshwater and saltwater experience about an hour southeast in the Florida big bend area. Paddle the Econfina River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The park includes a picnic area and boat ramp to launch your canoe or kayak.
Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities for many students in the Tallahassee area. It is a cheap and easy way to explore our great state of Florida, especially as it warms up this summer and you are looking for ways to cool off in the water. We hope this list gives you some ideas of places to canoe or kayak around your apartment near TCC. Just plan your trip route and as with any great adventure in the sunshine state, don't forget your sunscreen and bring plenty of water.