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VKOC - Manatee Photo Safari
** REGISTER @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/ ** ** REGISTER @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/ ** ** REGISTER @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/ ** #Blimey! It’s Manatee Season! Ready your cameras and paddles, it’s the best time of the year for wild manatee viewing! Multiple Manatee families have made a home out of Jimbo’s Lagoon and absolutely love to pose for the cameras. Come join us in the early mornings or late winter afternoons for an exclusive Manatee Photo Safari with an occasional dolphin or two! Please keep in mind that these wild and protected animals. It is illegal to molest, harass, disturb, and even to hug a manatee. We will be viewing these beautiful, yet funny looking animals from afar. #Things to Remember: Avoid excessive noise and splashing if a manatee appears nearby. The manatee may be resting and may surface without being aware of your presence. Noise and activity may startle the animal awake, which may put it in harm’s way if it is frightened and leaves the area. Look, but do not touch the manatees. Especially do not feed the manatees. Keep hands and objects (Paddles, and other materials) to yourself. Do not attempt to snag, hook, hold, grab, or ride a manatee. Do not Pursue or chase a manatee. They usually come around to check out paddlers. Pursuing them only causes them to swim away and ruins the fun for everyone, especially the manatee. #When & Where: Please arrive between 1 hour to 30 minutes at Virginia Key Outdoor Center before the Launch Time. This will allow for a speedy check in process and have us on the water in no time. Parking is FREE in the VKOC Parking lot. Virginia Key Outdoor Center 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL 33149 We will kayak around Jimbo’s Lagoon in search for Manatees, we may venture out to the Virginia Key Cove where multiple manatee and dolphin sightings have been documented! Please keep in mind that Virginia Key is filled with wildlife, you may see even more than just Manatees. If time and weather permits it, we may beach at North Point where you are able to see an array of different bird species and the gorgeous Miami Skyline. #What to Bring: • Your Cellphone! We strongly suggest bringing a water proof case. If one is not available to you, there are cases for sale in the VKOC retail room starting at just $15.00. • For those that are bringing your boards, please remember to bring a life jacket. You will not be allowed to join us if you do not have one. VKOC offers Life Jacket rentals if you do not have one. • Towel and change of clothes for after • Don’t have a Kayak/Paddle Board? No problem, VKOC has equipment for rent. You must reserve in advance for the Manatee Safari at VKOC.NET/Book-Now • A Cheerful disposition! #Fun is FREE if you let it happen! ** REGISTER @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/ ** ** REGISTER @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/ ** ** REGISTER @ VKOC.NET/BOOK-NOW/ **

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

3801 Rickenbacker Causeway (At the Lagoon) · Miami, FL

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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.

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