ABOUT VENTURE OUTDOORS

Paddle Towards Adventure!

We provide fun and educational eco tours as well as kayak and SUP lessons to individuals of all ages. We believe that being out on the water is a great way to connect with nature and learn more about the world around us. Our tours and lessons are designed to help people appreciate the beauty of Florida outdoors while also gaining a better understanding of the importance of preserving our natural resources.

We are committed to providing you with an experience that will not only help you explore your inner self but also give back to the environment in which we live so that others may continue to enjoy this cherished space too!

Our Story

Discover Florida's Natural Beauty!

Kayaking in Orlando has never been more exciting with Venture Outdoors. Founded by Astrid Jackson, a dedicated nature enthusiast, this outdoor adventure business was born from a profound love for the great outdoors. Having spent years in the confines of an office as a Software Engineer, Astrid realized that she was yearning for something more fulfilling. Her true passion lay in immersing herself in nature and sharing that incredible experience with others.

Drawing on her childhood memories of exploring the woods, going on camping trips, and engaging in various outdoor activities, Astrid decided to take a leap of faith and pursue a career that aligned with her true calling. She secured a position as a kayak tour guide and instructor in Central Florida, where she gained invaluable experience and rediscovered the joy and fulfillment that comes from being outdoors.

Motivated by her newfound sense of purpose and the positive impact she could make through outdoor adventures, Astrid made the bold decision to establish her own outdoor adventure business, which she named Venture Outdoors. With her extensive experience and certifications, including her coastal kayak instructor and kayak touring trip leader instructor endorsements from the American Canoe Association (ACA), as well as certifications as a kayak and standard paddleboard coach through the prestigious British Canoeing program, Astrid was well-equipped to offer a range of thrilling and safe outdoor experiences.

Venture Outdoors prides itself on providing high-quality outdoor adventures that cater to individuals and groups of all skill levels and ages. Whether it’s kayaking along picturesque coastlines, embarking on exhilarating rafting trips, or exploring scenic hiking trails, Astrid and her team ensure that every experience is well-planned, enjoyable, and conducted with the utmost professionalism and safety.

Safety is of paramount importance to Venture Outdoors, and Astrid’s training and certification as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) through SOLO Schools demonstrates her commitment to ensuring the well-being of her guests. With this certification, Astrid is prepared to handle any medical emergencies that may arise during outdoor activities, providing peace of mind to participants and their families.

Astrid’s true joy comes from sharing her passion with others and creating those magical “aha” moments when individuals connect with nature on a deeper level. Whether it’s witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty of a sunset while paddling on calm waters or helping someone conquer their fears and experience the thrill of white-water rafting, Astrid finds immense pleasure in guiding and inspiring others to embrace the outdoors and create lasting memories.

Through Venture Outdoors, Astrid aims to create a community of outdoor enthusiasts who share a love for nature and adventure. By providing exceptional experiences and fostering a sense of connection and appreciation for the natural world, Venture Outdoors aims to inspire a lifelong love for outdoor activities and a greater commitment to preserving and protecting our planet.

Venture Outdoors invites individuals, families, and groups to embark on unforgettable outdoor adventures, to escape the confines of daily life, and to rediscover the beauty, tranquility, and excitement that await in the great outdoors. With Astrid’s expertise, passion, and dedication, Venture Outdoors promises to be a gateway to extraordinary experiences and a catalyst for personal growth, connection, and a deep appreciation for the natural world.

Why choose us?

Why We're The Unique Option For Kayaking In Orlando

Kayaking at Orlando state parks and public waterways doesn't have to be expensive or stressful ordeal. We hire only the best guides in the industry for our all-inclusive hiking and kayaking tours, ensuring they have the proper training and certifications to ensure a safe and memorable trip. So, not only will you have a knowledgeable guide to lead you to hidden gems like Rock Springs Run and dark cypress swamps, but you won't have to worry about what it takes to kayak in Orlando.

We believe that connecting intimately with the natural world through immersive outdoor adventures not only educate and inspire but also fosters a deep sense of responsibility to protect and preserve our environment for current and future generations.

We're passionate about sharing this experience with all of our customers, so we have created experiences that will allow you to get close to nature in an intimate way. Our team is committed to your safety, comfort, and enjoyment while on our trips.

When it comes to our kayak and stand-up paddle board (SUP) lessons, we take pride in our commitment to excellence. Our kayak and SUP instructors, certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and British Canoeing, embody our dedication to providing top-notch training experiences. Their stringent qualifications ensure that your kayak and SUP lessons are not just educational but also safe and enjoyable. Whether you're mastering the art of kayaking or honing your skills in the world of SUP, our certified instructors are your guides to a seamless and enriching learning journey. So, you can dive into these aquatic activities with confidence, knowing you're under the expert guidance of our certified professionals.

Adventurous

Our tours never disappoint when nature lovers come looking for adventure. You'll discover hard-to-reach locations full of jungle-like landscapes that will make you feel a million miles away from th...

Our tours never disappoint when nature lovers come looking for adventure. You'll discover hard-to-reach locations full of jungle-like landscapes that will make you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the amusement parks in Orlando. Glide along still waters in the midst of the stunning Emerald Cut, the most beautiful section of Rock Springs Run, explore the storybook-like whimsy of Lake Norris, get up close with lovable manatees on our Manatee Discovery tour, and even embark on a nighttime journey to discover bioluminescent wonders in the dark!

Immersive

Because we keep our tour groups small, you get to enjoy a more intimate experience in the wild. Every tour aims to take visitors deep into the Orlando area's natural habitats, leaving the city's hu...

Because we keep our tour groups small, you get to enjoy a more intimate experience in the wild. Every tour aims to take visitors deep into the Orlando area's natural habitats, leaving the city's hustle and bustle behind so you can truly feel one with nature. Our professional guides will take care of everything so you can sit back and enjoy. Whether you're in a kayak gliding through still waters or following along a nature trail we offer some of the most immersive experiences around.

Educational

Each guide on our team is trained professionally by experts in the field, so you can rely on your tour guide to not only know the best way to navigate the trails and crystal clear waters you'll enc...

Each guide on our team is trained professionally by experts in the field, so you can rely on your tour guide to not only know the best way to navigate the trails and crystal clear waters you'll encounter in the wild but they'll also have the knowledge required to answer your burning questions about the ecosystem, wildlife, and other information about the area. Our guides will even snap pictures for you to commemorate your experience in nature.

Location

A slice of paradise Orlando, Florida

Orlando is a great place to visit, no matter the season. Whether you're basking in the warm sunshine of summer or enjoying the mild winters, there's always something to do and see in this vibrant city.

If you're looking for an exciting way to explore Orlando at night, consider joining a Bioluminescence kayak tour. Bioluminescence is caused by microorganisms called dinoflagellates that emit light when disturbed by movement. The result is a beautiful blue glow that looks like something out of a dream.

Speaking of seasons, manatees have their own seasonal preferences. These gentle giants thrive in warm waters and are on a quest to escape the cold. During winter, they migrate to Florida to ensure their survival, as water temperatures below 68 degrees can lead to hypothermia for these creatures, who have just 2% body fat and no insulation.

Fortunately, Florida's springs maintain a constant 72-degree temperature year-round, making it a perfect sanctuary for manatees during the colder months. In fact, winter is the best time for manatee viewing, with record numbers migrating to places like Blue Spring State Park. However, if you're lucky, you might spot some year-round residents in the area no matter the season.

Frequently asked questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Wear comfortable, moisture-wicking clothing, and consider a swimsuit or quick-dry shorts. Don't forget sunscreen, a hat, and water shoes or sandals with a secure strap.

Yes, kayak tours are generally safe when conducted by experienced guides. They provide safety instructions and equipment. Always follow their guidance and wear a life jacket.

While wildlife sightings are common, they can't be guaranteed. Guides do their best to maximize your chances of seeing wildlife in their natural habitat.

Many kayak lesson providers offer lessons for children and families. The minimum age may vary, so check with the provider for specific age requirements.

The difficulty of hikes varies, so there are options suitable for all fitness levels. Guides can recommend hikes that match your physical abilities.

Essential items include sturdy hiking shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, a backpack, water, snacks, a map, and a first-aid kit. Follow your guide's recommendations.

Yes, many guided hikes are family-friendly. Guides can adjust the pace and route to accommodate children and ensure safety.

Our guides do accept tips, and they are greatly appreciated. Tipping is left up to the individual, but as a general practice, 15%-20% of the trip cost is the common gratuity in Orlando.

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