Take the less traditional route to explore this River City from the water!
You don’t need a boat of your own, just tag along on one of these local tours and explore the St. Johns River, the Intracoastal Waterway and our beaches.
Kraken Cycle Boats
Pedal to the WATER! Make it a pedal party on your way across the St. Johns River on this human-powered 32-foot catamaran. “Kraken” can accommodate up to 15 people per trip for this fun cycle boat experience. You get to BYOB and food to stock the Kraken coolers for your trip. Pump up the party with your own music that can play through their system. Learn more about booking the Kraken experience.
Now and Zen Sailing Charters
Cruise off into the sunset on a 42ft catamaran! Now and Zen sailing offers charters for overnight, weekend or weekday cruises. Enjoy this 5-star luxury experience in Jacksonville while exploring our amazing waterways. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or vacation, Now and Zen is the perfect way to celebrate!
St. Johns River Taxi & Tours
The St. Johns River Taxi is probably the most underrated attraction in Jax! For a visitor without a boat, the easiest way to get on the water is via the Taxi. Whether you are going to a concert at Daily’s Place or a game at TIAA Bank Field, moving across the river or just enjoying the sunset on the St. Johns River, it’s a fun tour and transportation option. The St. Johns River Taxi offers Sunset Cruises with live music as well as Ecotours and Neighborhood Tours. To book a tour, visit www.rivertaxiandtours.com.
Intracoastal Waterway Tours:
Crazy Fish Airboat Rides
Come experience a crazy thrill ride and ecotour mixed in one! The tour boat is a 600 horsepower, state-of-the-art, air boat, piloted by a licensed US Coast Guard Master Captain. Sights you can expect to see include views of the giant naval ship at Mayport, planes and helicopters that do fly-over maneuvers, historic and active Mayport shrimp boats carrying a bounty of fresh shrimp. Flying and spinning around the magnificent marshlands, wetlands, creeks, streams and islands will leave you with goose bumps. The guides guarantee you will see dolphins on their tours! Not to mention countless other marine animals!
Whether it’s kayak, StandUp Paddleboard or SUP Yoga, Kayak Amelia can make it happen. Their location on Simpson Creek inside the Timucuan Preserve promises tranquility. They offer several different tours of the “untouched” parts of Jacksonville, no experience required! During the spring time they have a special night firefly tour when the fireflies come to visit. See all the tour offerings and book an experience you won’t soon forget.
Up The Creek Xpeditions
Join in on the adventure and chose from one of their many different paddling expeditions. These guided tours are offered at several locations in Jacksonville. All ages and experiences welcome! Up The Creek specializes in professionally Guided Kayak Tours and Giant War Canoe tours on some of the most iconic and picturesque waterways in the area. The Xpeditions are all-inclusive including arrangements, equipment, snacks and other essentials.
Jax Surf and Paddle
Enjoy a guided Surf or SUP lessons with the fun crew at this local Neptune Beach surf shop. They offer individual and group lessons as well as board rentals for you to explore on your own. The team at Jax Surf and Paddle knows the best spots to surf in Jax as well as the best places to enjoy a great paddle. Check them out to book a lesson or rental.
The all-female staff at Saltwater Cowgirls offers guided individual or group surf lessons for girls and women of all ages in Jacksonville Beach.