Though this adventure is not for beginners, Urban Kayaking in the River City is an adventure you won’t soon forget. Jacksonville, Florida is one of the few places where you can kayak while surrounded by bridges, skyscrapers and dolphins. With several put-in options, trips in Downtown Jacksonville can be tailored to your group. The City Boat Ramp adjacent to the River City Brewing Company, and Metropolitan Park, provide water access on either side of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville — creating several options for experienced paddlers seeking something different.
Cruising along the Jacksonville Landing, or under any of Jacksonville’s iconic bridges, paddlers will be treated to an exciting new view of the city. Jacksonville’s riverfront is rich in history and scenery and a kayak trip offers paddlers a unique perspective as they get front row seats to the heart of the city. Certain tide levels allow access to McCoy’s Creek, a canopied sanctuary for hundreds of coastal birds. Hidden behind a secret passage under the Times-Union building, McCoy’s Creek is one of Jacksonville’s hidden gems.
The tidal currents through downtown Jacksonville are very swift; and there are numerous obstructions and vessels in the water — requiring constant vigilance and intermediate paddling skills. Though our expert guides and low guest-to-guide ratio keep paddlers as safe as possible, paddling in the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville is not recommended for beginners. If you do have beginners in your group, you can call or email and request a giant War Canoe trip. The War Canoes (Big Canoes) can carry up to 10-paddlers each and are the safest way to get a group of beginners on the water in Downtown Jacksonville. Visit www.BigCanoeFun.com to learn more about our Big Canoes.
*Watch as First Coast News anchors Lewis Turner and Jessica Clark embark on an Urban Kayaking adventure right here in the River City: