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Paddling Central! The most active paddling group in South Florida. Check our schedule of upcoming club and community events. Visit Virginia Key Outdoor Center for daily rentals of paddleboards, kayaks, and surf skis. Offering self guided and group adventures in Miami, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne and South Florida. Call to schedule you're next great adventure. Check out the full moon paddleboarding and full moon kayaking groups events. Contact www.vkoc.net 786.224.4777

Upcoming events (5)

Leave No Trace - Kayak & Paddleboard ECO Tour

Virginia Key Outdoor Center - Kayak Paddleboard and Bike Center

Join us on the water and connect with nature on Virginia Key. Learn about the ecological and historical significance of the island on this 2-hour Kayak and Paddleboard Eco-Tour! During this tour, participants will have the chance to view an array of wildlife such as Egrets, Herons, Osprey, Manatees, Pelicans, and Dolphins.

The North Point of Virginia Key is a primative beach front that is only accessible by water. The Port of Miami is stationed right across the shoreline. Debris from the port often makes its way to the shores of North Point. Participants will not only get an immersive eco-tour but will have the opportunity to assist in the preservation of the North Point Shoreline. Bags and Gloves will be distributed at the beginning of the tour for participants if they choose to collect debris and dispose of it at the Outdoor Center upon return.

Participants can enjoy the stunning view of the Miami Skyline and the wildlife that roams Virginia Key.

10% of each Eco Tour ticket supports Outdoor Connection's (501c3) mission to educate, inspire, and connect individuals to the outdoors.

RSVP AT https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

Time And Place:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 20-minutes prior to your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.

What does Leave No Trace Mean?

During this tour, we will be following these principals through out the tour:

Leave No Trace, Guest will be given gloves and bags to dispose of any litter/debris that they may encounter.
Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Do not touch, get close to, feed or pick up wild animals.
Leave areas as you found them. Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

Tour Includes:
FREE parking for registered participants in the VKOC lot! Normally $8 at the Gate.
Guided Tour
Souvenir photos (shared electronically)
Private bathrooms and outdoor showers
Parking in the VKOC lot
Fun is FREE if you let it happen
Is This Tour Suitable for Beginners?

This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners. Conditions will determine length and final route. Not recommended for first time paddle boarding or kayaking. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.

A brief introduction to kayaking and paddle-boarding is given prior to departure.

Can I bring my own Kayak/Paddleboard?

Yes you can! Please be sure to RSVP ahead of time by selecting the BYOB option. Each person on the craft must have a lifejacket accessible to them. Children are REQUIRED by law to have them all. Lifejackets are required for these paddles. No lifejackets, no paddle, it's the law.

Questions?

Please call us at[masked] or by email at [masked]
RSVP AT https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

Leave No Trace - Kayak & Paddleboard ECO Tour

Virginia Key Outdoor Center - Kayak Paddleboard and Bike Center

Join us on the water and connect with nature on Virginia Key. Learn about the ecological and historical significance of the island on this 2-hour Kayak and Paddleboard Eco-Tour! During this tour, participants will have the chance to view an array of wildlife such as Egrets, Herons, Osprey, Manatees, Pelicans, and Dolphins.

The North Point of Virginia Key is a primative beach front that is only accessible by water. The Port of Miami is stationed right across the shoreline. Debris from the port often makes its way to the shores of North Point. Participants will not only get an immersive eco-tour but will have the opportunity to assist in the preservation of the North Point Shoreline. Bags and Gloves will be distributed at the beginning of the tour for participants if they choose to collect debris and dispose of it at the Outdoor Center upon return.

Participants can enjoy the stunning view of the Miami Skyline and the wildlife that roams Virginia Key.

10% of each Eco Tour ticket supports Outdoor Connection's (501c3) mission to educate, inspire, and connect individuals to the outdoors.

RSVP AT https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

Time And Place:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 20-minutes prior to your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.

What does Leave No Trace Mean?

During this tour, we will be following these principals through out the tour:

Leave No Trace, Guest will be given gloves and bags to dispose of any litter/debris that they may encounter.
Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Do not touch, get close to, feed or pick up wild animals.
Leave areas as you found them. Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

Tour Includes:
FREE parking for registered participants in the VKOC lot! Normally $8 at the Gate.
Guided Tour
Souvenir photos (shared electronically)
Private bathrooms and outdoor showers
Parking in the VKOC lot
Fun is FREE if you let it happen
Is This Tour Suitable for Beginners?

This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners. Conditions will determine length and final route. Not recommended for first time paddle boarding or kayaking. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.

A brief introduction to kayaking and paddle-boarding is given prior to departure.

Can I bring my own Kayak/Paddleboard?

Yes you can! Please be sure to RSVP ahead of time by selecting the BYOB option. Each person on the craft must have a lifejacket accessible to them. Children are REQUIRED by law to have them all. Lifejackets are required for these paddles. No lifejackets, no paddle, it's the law.

Questions?

Please call us at[masked] or by email at [masked]
RSVP AT https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

Leave No Trace - Kayak & Paddleboard ECO Tour

Virginia Key Outdoor Center - Kayak Paddleboard and Bike Center

Join us on the water and connect with nature on Virginia Key. Learn about the ecological and historical significance of the island on this 2-hour Kayak and Paddleboard Eco-Tour! During this tour, participants will have the chance to view an array of wildlife such as Egrets, Herons, Osprey, Manatees, Pelicans, and Dolphins.

The North Point of Virginia Key is a primative beach front that is only accessible by water. The Port of Miami is stationed right across the shoreline. Debris from the port often makes its way to the shores of North Point. Participants will not only get an immersive eco-tour but will have the opportunity to assist in the preservation of the North Point Shoreline. Bags and Gloves will be distributed at the beginning of the tour for participants if they choose to collect debris and dispose of it at the Outdoor Center upon return.

Participants can enjoy the stunning view of the Miami Skyline and the wildlife that roams Virginia Key.

10% of each Eco Tour ticket supports Outdoor Connection's (501c3) mission to educate, inspire, and connect individuals to the outdoors.

RSVP AT https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

Time And Place:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 20-minutes prior to your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.

What does Leave No Trace Mean?

During this tour, we will be following these principals through out the tour:

Leave No Trace, Guest will be given gloves and bags to dispose of any litter/debris that they may encounter.
Do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a “better look.” Observe wildlife from a distance so they are not scared or forced to flee. Do not touch, get close to, feed or pick up wild animals.
Leave areas as you found them. Allow others a sense of discovery by leaving rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects of interest as you find them.

Tour Includes:
FREE parking for registered participants in the VKOC lot! Normally $8 at the Gate.
Guided Tour
Souvenir photos (shared electronically)
Private bathrooms and outdoor showers
Parking in the VKOC lot
Fun is FREE if you let it happen
Is This Tour Suitable for Beginners?

This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners. Conditions will determine length and final route. Not recommended for first time paddle boarding or kayaking. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.

A brief introduction to kayaking and paddle-boarding is given prior to departure.

Can I bring my own Kayak/Paddleboard?

Yes you can! Please be sure to RSVP ahead of time by selecting the BYOB option. Each person on the craft must have a lifejacket accessible to them. Children are REQUIRED by law to have them all. Lifejackets are required for these paddles. No lifejackets, no paddle, it's the law.

Questions?

Please call us at[masked] or by email at [masked]
RSVP AT https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

Miami's Best Sunset Kayak and Paddleboard Tour | Virginia Key Outdoor Center

Virginia Key Outdoor Center

Experience the Magic City like no other! Join us as we hunt down the Sun and catch ocean breezes in the process. We can stop on the beach or raft up and float as the Sun sets behind Miami's fantastic skyline. The sunsets are spectacular the nights divine. So, come out and enjoy nature the way God intended -- up close and personal.

It will be light when we launch, dark when we return. That means lights are required for the paddles. No lights, no paddle, it's the law. Lights are provided for all rentals. If you bring your own, you must bring a bright white light that can be used to signal other vessels.

RSVP @ https://www.vkoc.net/book-now/guided-tours/

BIOLUMINESCENT JUNE - SEPTEMBER

Catch the sunset behind the beautiful Miami skyline then watch the waters come alive as bioluminescent plankton light up and delight spectators. Marine glow worms have been very active near the full moon this season. As their courtship heats up, magic happens. Watch them light up the water. These are amazing moments.

One of the most spectacular sights on a night trip is to witness hundreds of tiny star-like bioluminescent plankton flickering like a starry night sky. As you move through the dark water, these small creatures’ glow with life. Wave your paddle through the water in front of you and be mesmerized by the tiny sparkling specs of plankton or Dinoflagellates, tiny unicellular marine plankton also known as fire plants. Fed by the thriving mangrove forest, these small creatures generate a green flash of light when agitated.

Best observed in the darkest skies, summer waters in the lagoon sparkle as your paddle blades move through the water. Fish swim by lighting their trail in the lagoon.
Best viewing is June through early September. These are living colonies, and they do move. We cannot guarantee full display every night, but we can tell you it's a great experience under the night sky.

TIME & PLACE:
Meet at Virginia Key Outdoor Center, 3801 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, FL 33149. Please arrive at least 30-minutes prior to your event start time. Late arrivals are non-refundable.

PARKING:
Parking is FREE for event participants in the VKOC lot.

ARRIVE at least 30-minutes prior to event start time.

DIFFICULTY:
This paddle is suitable for experienced beginners. Conditions will determine length and final route. Not recommended for first time paddle boarding or kayaking. We will paddle at a leisurely pace.

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.

Drinks, snacks, insect repellent, and lights are available from at the park store.

RENTALS:
Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Surf Skis are available for rent. Advanced reservations are required. Book at VKOC.net/book-now/

CAN I BRING MY OWN KAYAK/BOARD/CANOE?
Yes you can! Please be sure to RSVP ahead of time by selecting the BYOB option. All crafts are required to have a coastguard approved light. Each person on the craft must have a lifejacket accessible to them. Children are REQUIRED by law to have them all. Lights and Lifejackets are required for these paddles. No lights/lifejackets, no paddle, it's the law. All BYOBs must be set up by the launch at least 20 minutes prior to start time.

GROUPS AND PRIVATE TOURS:
VKOC offers private and group events. Whether a romantic evening for two, a family outing, or a groups celebration we have a package for you. For help booking your group please contact us at [masked]

WHAT TO BRING:
Bring any comfort items you may need, a towel, bugspray (just in case, it is Florida), maybe a change of clothes. If you left it behind, we probably have it available in our shop.

QUESTIONS?
Please call us at[masked] or by email at [masked]

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