Day Excursionsexplore beyond the beach
Exclusive sustainable ecotours showcasing the best of Sarasota and Manatee
Small Group Tours
Our half- and full-day nature tours take you out on the water or into the wild to explore the incredible natural landscapes and stories of our region. Designed for locals and visitors looking for something “beyond the beach”, our small group ecotours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the region’s natural wonders and the work that goes into protecting them for a one-of-a-kind, exclusive experience.
Our guides are drawn from the expert scientists and educators of our local environmental non-profit and green business partners. We minimize food packaging and eliminate single use plastic bottles, we design people powered itineraries to keep you out of vehicles to minimize your carbon footprint, and we hand-select restaurants and caterers that serve sustainable, local cuisine.
Mysteries of Native Florida$55.00
Explore Florida native habitats and ancient archaeology with your expert guide who will share the mysteries of Emerson Point Preserve hidden in plain sight.
Sarasota Bay Kayaking with Mote$92.00
Experience the wildlife and habitats of Sarasota Bay as you kayak with Mote Marine Laboratory staff, followed by lunch and tour of Mote Aquarium.
Sarasota Bay Kayaking with Selby$118.00
Kayak along Sarasota’s iconic bayfront from Ringling Bridge to Selby Gardens’ secret beach, then tour the garden paradise followed by lunch under the banyan trees.
Sarasota Bay Cruise$155.00
Discover the wildlife, habitats and cultural history of Sarasota Bay firsthand as you explore the estuary’s hidden bayous, bay islands and inlets only reachable by boat.
Sarasota Bayfront by Kayak$59.00
Tour Sarasota’s bayfront by kayak with a marine scientist while learning about the importance of shoreline restoration for a healthier bay.
Wild Myakka River$120.00
Experience the wild of Myakka River State Park escorted by professional guides. Kayak the mysterious river and bike through upland forest with a stop for lunch.
Wild Myakka by Bike$40.00
Hit the trails of Myakka River State Park with a Park Ranger to bike and hike through prairies, hammocks, and pinelands, discovering unique birds and wildlife along the way.
Meet Your Guides
Larry Stults, Ph.D.
Larry has deep roots in Florida’s Gulf Coast, going back to 1944 when his family moved to Cabbage Key. He has been plying Sarasota’s waterways since 1973. Larry is a Florida Water Steward and serves as President of Sarasota Bay Watch, a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to restoring and protecting Sarasota Bay.
Wayne’s passion is the outdoors whether exploring, learning or teaching others. He holds advanced certifications as a Florida Master Naturalist, Interpretive Guide and Kayak Instructor, and has led over 400 trips as a paddle guide. He also serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.
Karen has worked in ecotourism and environmental education for 30 years and has a particular passion for sharing the archaeological mysteries of Emerson Point. She earned her B.S. from University of Florida and is the owner and operator of Around the Bend Nature Tours.
Brad is a marine science educator at Mote Marine Laboratory where he manages educational outreach programs for local schools. He earned his B.A. in Environmental Science from UNC Wilmington and a Masters Certificate in Science Education from USF. Brad is an accomplished SCUBA diver and kayak guide.