Bird Key Christmas Lights Canal Paddle

Let's check out the decorated homes on Bird key.  We will launch at Bird key Park and paddle around to the canals on Bird key to view the Holiday Lighted homes.

This is for EXPERIENCED paddlers only that can handle wind and waves that can occur in the bay.   No kayaks under 12 ft in length due to these conditions. Everyone MUST WEAR their PFD on this trip.

If you are not sure if you qualify, please email me and we can discuss it.

We will launch at 5:30pm and paddle about 2  1/2 to 3 hrs.  Dress in layers for the weather

Bird Key is an island in Sarasota Bay, south of the Ringling Causeway, between mainland Sarasota and St. Armand's Key. Originally a small island connected to the Ringling Causeway by a tree lined causeway of its own, it was the home of John Ringling North nephew of Circus Magnate, John Ringling. Created by dredge and fill in the late fifties, it is approximately 250 acres  of one of the most prestigious residential areas on Florida's West Coast.

Originally called Bird Key because of the large population of birds that flock to the original island.

Necessary items to bring:   Holiday Spirit,  PFD, whistle, water, snack,  A light for your kayak is also mandatory at night (add Christmas lights if you wish)  Optional:  Camera, bug spray.

  Rentals:  Sorry, but rentals are not available for this paddle.

Location:  Bird key Park is located at the foot of the western side of the Ringling Bridge.  If you are coming from Sarasota go over the Ringling Bridge and turn right into the park at the traffic light at the bottom of the bridge.  There is a small beach area and kayak launch at the the eastern tip of the park just past the turn around circle.

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  • Kay

    Nice Paddle. Thanks for organizing Judy :) O'Leary's afterwards was fun too.

    December 24, 2013

  • Judy

    We couldn't have asked for more beautiful weather. The bay was choppy but the canals were smooth. Fun paddling with everyone and hanging out at O'Leary's afterward. Love that Jimmy Buffet music too!

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is it about night paddles that makes soo much fun? A little choppy water which I loved and touched base with new and old friends. Great night, Judy, thanks.

    December 23, 2013

  • Jim J.

    Nice, easy, perfect weather. Most importantly great people. Thanks Judy foe putting this together!

    December 23, 2013

  • Marsha

    Lovely. Weather good. Company better. Had our own boat parade!

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I can't make it after all. See you all soon ..

    December 23, 2013

  • Pamela

    Can one rent a kayak typically right at the start for trips like this?

    December 22, 2013

    • Judy

      Not typically

      December 22, 2013

  • Pamela

    Oops, just saw that rentals are not available for this, so I will have to withdraw. Sorry! Pamela

    December 22, 2013

  • jay f.

    Something came up must bow out. Next time

    December 22, 2013

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  • Judy
    Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Kay
  • Marsha
    Assistant Organizer
  • A former member
  • A former member

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