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This group is about outdoor activities - kayak, standup paddleboarding, mountain bike, or hiking/running. All events are held at nearby parks.

Our most popular events are our is the night time paddling during the Full Moon, Sunset Paddles, Manatee vieweing trips in the winter and spring, and bioluminescent paddles all summer. Special events are always in the mix with Fireworks Viewing on July 4th and New Year's Eve. Hold your birthday party outdoors! It's fun and catering is available too.

With the best Mountain Bike Trail on Virginia Key we teach riding skills from beginners to advanced. Or come by for a bike repair clinic. Our certified mechanics offer tune-ups at a great rate. Ride, drop it off, pick it up in a day or two, and ride again!

Great way to enjoy the outdoors. Outdoor adventurers of all levels are welcome! We invite all walks of life and especially those that can share their travel stories. All trips are staffed by professionally trained tour guides. The Meetups are open to the public. Most members do not have their own gear and can rent from Virginia Key Outdoor Center (http://www.vkoc.net).

Advance registration (online at www.vkoc.net) are required on all events. Even FREE events we appreciate you sign up first.

So come enjoy the great outdoors.

Upcoming events (5+)

Full Moon Paddle - Paddleboard & Kayak Tour

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

RSVP @ https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/ Discover why Miami is called the Magic City! Enjoy a spectacular night under the starts. City lights glimmer as do the stars above the Miami Skyline, Port of Miami, and wrap up your evening with shimmering night sky in the lagoon. Lights are required for these paddles. No lights, no paddle, it's the law. TIME & PLACE: Meet at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center on Virginia Key at least an hour before the launch time in order for check ins. We will return in the dark, lights are required for this paddle. If you reserved through VKOC, lights are included in the reservations. DIFFICULTY: This paddle is suitable for beginners. The Lagoon has sheltered waters regardless of winds. DESTINATION: Final destination and route are subject to weather. The lagoon is always sheltered and the creek is calm. We'll paddle to Norris Cut and either the beach side or the port. Both are spectacular at night. It will be dark so please, stay together. We'll make a stop on the water along the way from which we can enjoy the sights. AFTER PADDLE? Absolutely. Bring something for the grill, a beverage and a dry change of clothes. Bring something to share and be prepared to chill with new and old friends. Dominoes, music, view the lovely night sky... If you drink you must drink responsibly. We do not sell or serve alcohol. Beer and wine are ok but you must bring your own. Hard liquor is not welcome. Soft drinks, snacks, insect repellent, and lights are available from the park store. RENTALS: Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Surf Skis are available for rent through Virginia Key Outdoor Center. All Rentals include kayak/paddle board, paddle, life jacket, and light. RESERVATIONS call Virginia Key Outdoor Center at[masked] or e-mail [masked] ****Advanced Reservations Please***** LOCATION: Virginia Key Outdoor Center 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149 P. [masked] www.vkoc.net DIRECTIONS: From the mainland, head towards Key Biscayne on the Rickenbacker Causeway Go past the toll plaza and the the Powell Bridge (tall bridge) Continue to the light at MAST Academy Take your first left immediately after the MAST Academy Light (there is NO light, just a turn lane) Look for a brown and gold sign on the fence and Green gatehouse Continue to gate and let them know you are here for the kayak and paddleboard trip Continue towards the right fork of the road for approx 1.25 mi. At the end of the road make a left and quick right Follow signs to Virginia Key Outdoor Center on your left, lagoon is on your right PARKING Please park in the VKOC parking lot. WHAT TO BRING: Your boat, your paddle, your PFD (which you will wear), lights for night paddling, drinks and snack food, bug spray is recommended just in case. Don't forget your camera and cheerful disposition. This paddle is operated by Virginia Key Outdoor Center. We will stay together and share the evening. Each participant is responsible for his or her own equipment, safety and enjoyment. Bring a friendly attitude and you are sure to enjoy the evening. See you on the water! RSVP @ VKOC.NET/GUIDED-TOURS/

Coastal Photo Safari - Kayak & Paddleboard Adventure Tour

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

*** RSVP @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/GUIDED-TOURS/ *** Grab your camera. Grab your sunscreen. Grab a cooler and let's go! Discover Miami’s coastal habitat. There is life of all shapes and sizes living in the sand, rocks, and sea grass beds of Virginia Key Beach North Point Park. Experience this spectacular habitat first hand from your kayak or stand-up paddleboard. We may stop at a beach or sandbar along the ask (subject to tide levels) This is a lighthearted, relaxing, fun paddle for all ages and skill levels. Visitors can expect to see: -Sea urchin -Starfish -Variety of fish -Sea birds and coastal birds -Manatees -Eagle rays, and -Giant iguanas -Dolphins Locals have always known about Virginia Key. One of few remaining natural areas in South Florida, Virginia Key has always been a local favorite for those in the know. Wrap up your morning on Lamar Lake with a tour of our lagoon. A nursery for numerous ocean species this salt water lagoon is home manatees, fish, birds, and event the occasional dolphin visit. Discover Virinia Key, Miami's best kept secret from your kayak or paddleboard. Enjoy Miami like a tourist ; ) After all we live here. | What to wear | Wear water shoes, or closed toe shoes you don’t mind getting wet. Be ready to get wet as we may wade as far as waist deep to view the creatures. Bring a change of clothes for after and towel. | Duration | 2-2.5 hours Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to your scheduled event time | Directions | Please visit www.vkoc.net/directions | Tour Includes | -FREE ENTRY to Virginia Key North Point Park -Guided Tour -Souvenir photos (shared electronically) -Private bathrooms and outdoor showers -Parking in the VKOC lot -Fun is FREE if you let it happen **Customary gratuity of 15%-20% is not included.** Beverages, telephone cases, and snacks are available for purchase from our shop. *** RSVP @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/GUIDED-TOURS/ ***

Urban Race League - 10 Weeks to Improve Your Stroke - URL Miami Summer 2018

What is URL? It's a group of friends that gather each week to race for fun. What happens in the process is you get some really strong skills and a great workout. Who can participate? *Standup Paddleboards SUP *Prone Boards *Surf Skis *Kayaks *OCs *Anything that floats and can be reasonably raced What about skill level? Doesn't matter. Beginners to elite competitors participate. Different length courses are offered to accommodate everyone What do I need? A boat or board, life jackets, leg leash (boards and surf skis), good sense of humor and a happy dispositions. Oh, and a paddle helps too. How expensive if this? It's not. All we ask for is a $10 donation to help offset costs Are rentals available? Rentals including safety equipment available from www.VKOC.net at special URL prices or email [masked] Do you accept corporate sponsors? Yes, we do. Support from our community is welcomed. Prizes, financial support, cross promotion all are helpful to growing our paddling community. Email [masked] if you would like to support URL. THE DETAILS! First Race is Free, thereafter a $10 minimum suggested donation/race league contribution is highly respected. Who: ALL SKILL LEVELS non-competitive & competitive paddlers alike (beginners to pros) What: 10 Weeks Urban Race League May 1st to July 3rd with a great closing party When: Every Tuesday evening from 6-8PM (Race Starts PROMPTLY at 6:30 PM) Arrive early to register and get on the water RACE COURSES: Novice -- 1.5miles Recreational/Technical -- 3miles Endurance -- 6 mile courses Racers should select the course they can compete in allotted time WHERE: Virginia Key Outdoor Center VKOC 3801 Rickenbacker Cswy Miami, FL 33149 www.vkoc.net SERIES SCORING: Points: Only 5 of the 10 races will count in the final tally of points. This will allow people who cannot come to all races to have a chance to win the overall prize, or if you have a bad day you can use your best scores. Race scoring is determined by place received in race (e.g. first place=1point second place=2 points…) At the end of the 10 weeks the lowest score for the best 5 weeks in each category wins (e.g. 2,3,2,1,4,2=14). Important: Your safety & enjoyable experience is our number 1 priority! In the event of inclement weather (rain/lightning/high winds), you will be notified of a reschedule via Facebook event page post. Prizes: On the 10th week we will have a Final race series party where the winners of each category will receive an award/gift. If you want to improve your Stand Up Paddling, surf ski, sea kayak & Racing Technique you can contact us for classes , clinics & private coaching. URL Miami-Summer 2018 is presented with great love of the ocean and our sport by your friendly neighborhood paddle pros Esther Luft & Wayne Albert, Virginia Key Outdoor Center www.vkoc.net Karen Kennedy & KoKo, FC2 Fitness www.karenkennedyfitness.com Josh & Tracy Kohn, Paddle S. Florida Remember FUN is FREE if you let it happen!

Urban Race League - URL Miami is On!

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

Urban Race League is ON! Join URL this summer and improve your skills on the water and have fun, and race! What is URL? It's a group of friends that gather each week to race for fun. What happens in the process is you get some really strong skills and a great workout. First Race is Free, thereafter a $10 minimum suggested donation/race league contribution is highly respected. Rentals including safety equipment available from www.VKOC.net at special URL prices. Contact [masked] to reserve your board, surf ski, or kayak Who is this for: ALL SKILL LEVELS non-competitive & competitive paddlers alike (beginners to pros) What: 10 Weeks Urban Race League When: Every Tuesday evening from 6-8PM (Race Starts PROMPTLY at 6:30 PM) (Please arrive early to get registered and on the water) RACE COURSES: Novice -- 1.5miles Recreational/Technical -- 3miles Endurance -- 6 mile courses Racers are encouraged to select the course they can compete in allotted time. WHERE: Virginia Key Outdoor Center VKOC 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149 CATEGORIES: Prone Stand-Up Outrigger Canoe Surfski Sea Kayak Men & Women SUP 14’, 12’6”, Stock under 12’6” Men, Women, Mixed OC1, OC2, OC6 SERIES SCORING: Points: Only 5 of the 10 races will count in the final tally of points. This will allow people who cannot come to all races to have a chance to win the overall prize, or if you have a bad day you can use your best scores. Race scoring is determined by place received in race (e.g. first place=1point second place=2 points…). At the end of the 10 weeks the lowest score for the best 5 weeks in each category wins (e.g. 2,3,2,1,4,2=14). Rental equipment is available from VKOC for an additional $10. Otherwise, please bring vessel, eg) paddle board, PFD, and whistle (required on your craft). Also encouraged to bring drinks, snacks, towels, and warm/dry clothes. Important: Your safety & enjoyable experience is our number 1 priority! In the event of inclement weather (rain/lightning/high winds), you will be notified of a reschedule via Facebook event page post. Prizes: On the 10th week we will have a Final race series party where the winners of each category will receive an award/gift. If you want to improve your Stand Up Paddling, surf ski, sea kayak & Racing Technique you can contact us for classes , clinics & private coaching. Presented with great love of the ocean and our sport by your friendly neighborhood paddle pros Esther Luft & Wayne Albert, Virginia Key Outdoor Center www.vkoc.net Karen Kennedy & KoKo, FC2 Fitness www.karenkennedyfitness.com

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Full Moon Paddle - Paddleboard & Kayak Tour

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

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