Get Up and GLOW during bioluminescent kayak season this summer!
Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living organism. When the organisms move in the water they create a beautiful glowing effect. This means that you can see fish underwater by the glow that they give off as they swim, your paddle will glow as you maneuver the waterways, and the natural flow of water will illuminate these organisms. The great thing about paddling in our clear kayaks is that you can also see the glowing directly below you!
As we are Florida’s premiere bioluminsecent kayaking destination, be sure to book in advance as the season generally runs from June-October and is most visible on the darkest nights with a new moon or no moon rise (scroll down for our moon phase calendar). Tours are first-come-first-serve, so don’t wait!
Tours take place in the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge just outside of Titusville, Florida. We launch from the NW side of Haulover Canal! This area is not only home to the bioluminescence, but also large manatee and dolphin populations which both often make appearances during our excursions! Be ready to see lots of bright bioluminescence as well as great Florida wildlife!
$60+tax per person – rates may vary depending on availability.
Please keep in mind that we do offer tours at midnight and later. If you book a time that late, it may look like it is on the next day because of the time.
When is the season?
Our bioluminescent season runs June-October (weather dependent). The warmer the weather & water, the better the bioluminescence! Peak season is July-September.
What Should I wear?
We suggest wearing long sleeve and/or long pants to deter mosquitoes. Also, it helps to spray bug spray underneath your clothing as another form of protection.
Will I Get Wet?
You will get a little wet from the paddles dripping water on you. Because of this we suggest you bring a towel or change of clothes for after the tour.
When is the best time to see the bio?
We offer 2-3 tours per night (when the moon is darker than 50%). The brightness of bio does not depend on the time of night so each tour has an equal chance of viewing!
What nights are the best to see the bio?
We only offer tours when the moon phase is less than 50% due to the ambient light the moon gives off. The darker the moon phase, the easier it is expected to see the bio!
Can I tip My guide?
Of course! Our guides work off of the genorosity of your tips! We like to say, “If you enjoyed your ride, tip your guide”!
What is the weight limit?
Our kayaks are not manufactured to hold more than 425 per boat (each of our boats are tandem) and no more than 250 per either seat.
Do clear kayaks make a difference?
ABSOLUTELY! With clear kayaks you are able to look between your legs and see the bio right underneath you the whole time! We’ve heard guests say it looks like: “Space Mountain, time travel, a galaxy right below you, space sparkles,” and more!
How long are the tours?
Each tour typically lasts 90 minutes. We will give guests sufficient time to enjoy the bioluminescence as well as learn from and interact with our tour guides!
How big are your tours?
We max out at 10 total paddlers. We like to keep our groups small and exclusive to give our guests the most intimate experience as possible.
What happens if it rains?
We will still paddle if it is only raining. If there is lightning we may cancel the paddle due to safety precautions. If we cancel the paddle you will be refunded in full!
Can I bring a camera?
If you’d like. Often people try to take photos/videos with their phones or GoPros and it is nearly impossible to see the bio. The best chance of getting the phenomenon on film is with a camera that shoots well in extremely low light.
The brightness of the moon determines how well the bioluminescence can be seen. The darker the night, the better the illumination. We have also included nights where the moon may not rise until later in the night so a bioluminescent tour will still be considerable during these nights. This means there will be no moon until the time stated on each night.
The best nights are those with no moon rise (0%-4%) and during the new moon phase (5%-25%).
Considerable viewing nights range from 26%-45%.
Non-desirable nights are considered anything over 45%. We have blocked off these nights on our calendar because of this. If you still wish to paddle on a night more than 45% please send us an email so we can open up a tour for you!
*2018 Moon Phase Calendar*
**September 1st-10th has a moon that does not rise until after midnight so they will be very dark**
Tonight I got to experience one very cool item on my bucket list… bioluminescence. When I tell you it was pure magic, I’m not exaggerating. The smile never left my face!! The water was alive with color and energy and in the pitch black of the night, the electric teal danced brightly with every move. 🛶🛶Bioluminescence is the light given off by living organisms – like fireflies and angler fish! This water was filled with trillions of dinoflagellates (plankton) that emit light when disturbed. There are only a handful of places in the world where you can immerse yourself in this incredible natural phenomenon, and Florida’s Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge on the East Coast is one of them, located about 1.25 hours east of Orlando. 🛫🛬I took a tour with @getupandgokayaking and got to experience kayaking in the pitch black of a hot summer night, with frequent (and gorgeous) streaks of lightning painting the sky. The bioluminescence was vibrant and was everywhere, including under the kayak and looked like the galaxy! 🌌✨✨Little fish darted around the kayaks, making the water come alive with light. A manatee announced his presence with a tremendous splash. Dolphins lazily played nearby and were showing off their grace. Jellyfish were electrified when caught in the little nets we had. And the best part was watching the front of the kayak plow through the water the whole time, scattering bright, big color in a wide V around us. That’s this first photo. And it doesn’t do it justice AT ALL. It’s remarkably hard to photograph, and I’m shocked I even got *one.* 📷🐬🐊I got spooked by a manatee, had little fish literally jumping over my head, I saw dolphins and I had the sky open up on me and hit me with a deluge of water, making the surface glow. It was a remarkably positive experience and I’m so glad I went. ❤️🦐🐚
Had such an incredible experience with get up and go kayaking. The water was extremely vibrant the night we went. We saw dolphins, manatees and a lot of fish. Our tour guide, Austin, was great and very knowledgeable about bioluminescent. I would highly recommend this experience.
We had a amazing experience doing the bioluminescent kayak tour. Our guide was really friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The bioluminescence was bright and magical and totally worth the trip. We also saw dolphins jumping in the water beside us. The clear kayaks made the trip even better!
We went on the bioluminescent tour last night and it was perfect. Our guide Austin (Texas/Powers/Stone Cold Steve) was funny and knowledgable. We saw manatee, fish, a dolphin, and got to catch and hold comb jellies. The sky was clear and you could see all of the stars and with the clear boats it seems like you were gliding on a glowing ocean. I can’t explain how amazing it was. If you have any inclination to do this DO IT!! You will not be disappointed.
Had a great bio tour with Justin on Sunday night, Aug 19th. It was so informative, fun and beautiful. Not only was the bioluminescent cool, we were visited by a couple of dolphins and also saw shooting stars. Because of the absence of light pollution, the night sky made us look up as much as we were looking down at the glowing water. We also learned a lot about environment and animals around us, as well as, get a glimpse of NASA’s huge assembly building! I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone!
We did the winter park tour this evening with Austin and it was amazing! We arrived with the weather threatening the trip but it stayed calm and worked it’s way around us. We can’t recommend it enough to anyone looking for a clear kayak tour, we thoroughly enjoyed it and will hopefully be back to do it again! Austin did an awesome job and made the tour relaxed and filled with information about our surroundings. Highly recommended, thank you✌🏻
I cannot say enough great things about the Bioluminescent Tour! Oh my goodness, the videos just are not capable of doing it justice. It was so incredibly beautiful and peaceful. We even had the added bonus of a friendly manatee pop up to join us! My only recommendation is to wear clothes you don’t care about. We came out pretty smelly afterwards… then again I was almost bathing in the water, when you pick it up with your hands you turn all sparkly…so I was splashing it on all my clothes as well! So amazing. If you have the chance you MUST experience it.
I’d recommend this trip and this group! I realized just days before our trip was scheduled that I had botched the reservations; they were very quick and accommodating. Thankfully! The guide was so peaceful while we were the hot mess family. We managed to hear a lot of information about the land, the animals and even the stars. The clear kayaks made seeing the bioluminescense easier especially along the edges/front but also streaming right beneath us. Beautiful!
What an amazing adventure !! Hunter was a wonderful guide! He kept an eye on the weather and we had the perfect amount of time to enjoy the wildlife and nature’s beauty. Highly recommend this trip. Great family experience ❤️
The bioluminescent tour was amazing! We could see the water glow through the clear kayaks. We went on an amazing night when the water was really bright and it was beautiful. Tyler and Austin were very knowledgeable tour guides and got excited with us when we saw the glowing water and wild life. We saw an alligator on the bank, a dolphin popped up in front of our kayak, and a manatee bumped our kayak! It was a great night and we would definitely do it again
Crossed an item off my bucket list tonight – we did the bioluminescent kayaking tour with Get Up and Go Kayaking. We had great conditions to really see the dinoflagellates/bioluminescence but it also helped that we were in clear kayaks so we could really see the dinoflagellates/bioluminescence as we paddled. Our guides, Austin and Tyler, were knowledgeable, entertaining and professional. I would definitely recommend this company and these two guides!!
This is a somewhat late review, but my husband and I did the rock springs kayaking trip during our honeymoon in June. We had the best time!! Our guide, Hunter, was so awesome and relatable, and knew exactly what he was doing. We loved being able to experience true Florida nature up close, and it was a nice change of scenery since we were on the beach the rest of the week. We hope to come back and do it again sometime!!
Just had the bioluminescent kayaking tour experience last night with the tour guide Alex. It was amazing. I love that the group was smaller and intimate versus the other groups who had too many people. Alex was well knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. Even when booking, Justin made sure he kept in contact with updates about the tour and was very thorough if there were any changes. The experience itself is magical. Like little galaxies of blue stars underneath and around the boat. Totally worth the price!Thank you Alex and Justin for checking off an experience on my bucket list!
My husband and I did the bioluminescent tour last Friday and we can’t stop talking about it! We kayaked next to dolphins while being surrounded by bioluminescence and the night sky over the Wildlife Refuge. Our tour guide, Alex, was knowledgeable, passionate about the area, and so much fun. I’m already planning my next trip! Thank you all so much for these memories!
Austin was a Fantastic Guide. This was our 2nd tour with Get Up and Go and we just loved the experience. Everything was clearly spelled out on what to bring, wear, and directions were very accurate. The clear Kayaks made the experience even more intense and fantastic. We will definitely be booking again with this group and also try some of their other day tours. Thank you Justin and Austin!!!
Amazing experience! Justin was super helpful and patient! I would definitely recommend this to everyone! The real thing is much more beautiful than the pictures 🤗 would definitely go back to do this one again and the other 2 ☺️
Loved our tour with Getup and Go Kayaking! The Experience is a must do and the clear kayaks made it awesome! I would highly recommend this company. While there I saw another company bring their group back to the wrong launch area where they then had to walk down the dirt road back to their vehicles. Also noticed that the other companies had much larger groups, so glad we went with Get Up and Go they definitely seem to be the best. Also our tour guide (Alex, I believe it was) was very knowledgeable and professional while still being fun.
We went on a familytrip in the afternoon, with Hunter as our guide.The trip is amazing. Scenery is magnificent, and we really enjoyed the time to swim and have fun. Our kids – age 12 and 15 – also enjoyed the trip. Hunter was a great guide, and we had a great day.Go Kayak!!
Did a bioluminesnce midnight kayaking tour. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! words can not express the beauty of might nature. Our tour guide k’eandre, i mean Alex �, was very informative and passionate about the phenomenon and the surrounding area. If you ever get the chance I highly recommend it.
Wow! What an awesome experience! Alex was brilliant tonight, we saw Dolphins, manatees and an alligator. Seeing the bioluminescence was such an experience! Anyone visiting Florida at the right time should definitely book up for this!
Definitely reccomend this to anyone looking for adventure while visiting Florida. My husband and I went on the Bioluminescent tour and it was awesome!Our guide was very nice and attentive. It took us 3 hours to get to where we had to launch from but the drive was totally worth it and the price is unbeatable!
We did the 11:30 tour with Austin. He was very patient with us. The weather turned bad and we had to turn back quickly. Which was fine considering we were over our “time” due to our inexperience. We had a great time! The kids loved it. Would do it again.
Austin did an amazing job taking us around and teaching us how to kayak since it was our very first time. The weather was perfect despite the possible rain/thunder that did not happen. Great workout on your shoulders so expect that. Very beautiful sceneries throughtout the tour. We went on this tour on June 23, 2018 at 1pm.
We had a great time with Alex! The adventure was just our speed (never kayaked before) and we learned a lot about the eco-culture as well. We were happy to have chosen Get up and Go as other kayak tours (much louder and faster) came wizzing by. Thank you for the perfect evening adventure.
Our group of 10, of mixed ages, had a great morning at Rock Springs with Austin S. as our guide. What a really lovely person he is, so friendly and patient. It was lovely and peaceful on the waterways after doing theme parks, we even saw a deer at the waters edge.Thank you Austin for showing us the real Florida �
We just finished our 10:45 tour. Awesome experience! It was neet to see the specks of blue. I really enjoyed catching the the cone jellies and then holding them. Such beautiful creatures! Alex was our tour guide and He was able to answer all of our questions. He was awesome!
The bioluminescent kayaking trip was beyond great! We traveled from Montana and we’re extremely grateful for our guide Alex- he went out of his way to make sure we got back to where we were staying for the night and we had an amazing experience kayaking. We would recommend this experience to anyone!
I spent my birthday kayaking in this beautiful spring. It’s so wonderful to get out of the city to embrace the nature. The whole trip was about 2.5hours to 3 hours. Our guide Austin definitely make it more memorable, he is funny and and easy going. the water was crystal clear just like in the video, not a lot of animal encounter but the creek itself is beautiful.
We had so much fun on our bioluminescent tour!! It was absolutely magical and the clear kayaks made it so much more amazing!! It looked like little stars floating under the kayak. It’s something unique that everybody should experience and I definitely plan to go back again and also check out their other tours.
We did a tour with you today. It was fabulous. We can definitely recommend you. The water was so clear and fresh. We had enough time to look at everything and did not have to hurry. Even as a beginner you get along very well. We saw turtles and smaller fish. Austin did that very well.Thanks Austin for the great Tour. Yasmine & Patrick from Germany.
Due to storms we got cancelled and rescheduling our kayak trip was so easy.. truly appreciated it as We are only her for 1 week, been my first kayak trip.. I couldn’t be more pleased, the instructor was friendly, knowledgeable and always came back asking if I was doing ok.. �, we saw many animals and the route was gorgeous ..my daughters and husband loved it…
Hunter Adkins was a great adventure lead. It was raining all week and the time slot we had for this trip was literally perfect! Nice and sunny and we got a good arm workout too! This was actually my first time kayaking and i have to admit, we did pretty good! I recommend Bug spray and water shoes!
We had an awesome time at Get Up and Go Kayaking. Our tour guide Austin was great! We saw turtles, fish, the big white florida birds, and even a deer…really close up, too! The trip was the perfect amount of time. We will definitely go back next time we visit the area.
Went on a kayaking tour yesterday in rock springs, had Austin as our guide. He gave us all sorts of neat tidbits of info of the area. Also gave us pointers on how to make it easier. We stopped along the way and Austin took pictures for us on our phone which was greatly appreciated. I would recommend it to anyone who’s interested
Austin was so dope! I never went Kayaking before but my wife has many times. The photos are exactly what you see online and Austin made sure we had breaks and even told us some facts and history of the area. 5/5 would totally Kayak again!
This place is BEAUTIFUL! Austin is great, it was a really nice time. I’m just going to note that this is a very busy waterway. The day we kayaked there were people everywhere all struggling to avoid running into each other. Perhaps it’s less busy in the winter? We went in April. There were certain stretches that were free of people, those made the trip worthwhile.
Had a fantastic morning with Victoria Dewsnap and Austin as our tour guide. Laughed so much it hurt. Our kayak was half full with water on our return but we managed to stay afloat. Would recommend to anyone coming to Florida.
It was such a great time!!! Austin was awesome and made the atmosphere fun and welcoming. The people at rocks springs were also welcoming and inviting. Austin was so knowledgeable about the waters and shared information about the different parts. The scenery was breath taking and amazing to take it!!! I was encouraging everyone to add this to their trip!!!!!!
This was an amazing experience! Our guide Austin S was phenomenal. He made this kayak experience great! Even though my partners and I may have had some issues aka getting stuck on tree branches or running into a tree hahah 😂 he would come back and help us and we never felt like we were being burdens on the group. We learned a lot about the environment and the gorgeous rock springs! This was only my second time kayaking in my life and now I can’t wait to come back and do it again!
Just did this today and we had a great time!! The water and scenery were gorgeous and it was such a wonderful adventure! Saw a huge snapping turtle in the crystal clear water and had fun with the GoPro. Definitely made memories for a lifetime! Austin was a great guide!
My cousins and I went to the Rock Springs 8:30 tour on April 17. Austin was an awesome, patient and helpful guide. The weather was sort of chilly in such early morning, but the water was warmer than the air, which was a good thing. I really enjoyed our company- a group of friendly tourists from England. It was very nice that Austin let us take some breaks along the way as we were paddling against the current. Crystal clear water and the clear kayaks scored! It was so cool that you could see the bottom of the water and plenty of fishes swimming underneath. I would highly recommend this tour to small groups seeking new, fun and personal activities.
My friend and I did the Rock Springs trip with Austin, and it was great! Austin was friendly, a fabulous guide, very skilled, and he taught us quickly how to kayak. The water was beautiful and clear, and we had a wonderful time! Definitely will book another adventure with Get Up And Go Kayaking!
Literally can’t say enough good things about Rock Springs/tour in general. I knew that it would be amazing, but it was beyond anything I could have imagined. The pictures definitely don’t do this place justice. This was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary and we definitely can’t wait to go back AND see the other locations. Thanks for an amazing time!!
Perfect tour! I had only been kayaking once before, but didn’t have many problems navigating the route with my friend. Hunter was a great guide and Zozo was so adorable. It was a gorgeous day, we spent plenty of time at the sandbar enjoying the water. Hunter took multiple pictures for us and helped out some of the group when they were struggling. The kayaks were perfect and so cool to use especially when we went back downstream. We didn’t feel rushed whatsoever, a perfectly relaxing day. Will definitely be bringing more friends back!
I cannot rave more about how wonderful of an experience I had. Firstly I think I need to frame the situation. My girlfriend and I have been planing this Florida trip for months; unbeknownst to her, I was planning to give her an engagement ring. I had it all planned, I was going to do it on an adventure kayaking tour with Get up and go. But of course I waited till it was about 2weeks from our trip and I reached out with a message to see if I could coordinate with the team to make it happen. Justin the owner, responded almost immediately to my email, and told me THEY WERE BOOKED SOLID for the day I had in mind (our 4year dating anniversary) *cue the heartbreak*. So I put together a back up plan and decided we would go on a hot air ballon instead. (Not my first plan because we are a go couple and this felt a little cheesy, but hey had to be something better than Olive Garden lol).. 24 hrs ahead of time, the hot air balloon company calls and tells me the flight is a no-go due to anticipated weather conditions. *cue the heartbreak again!* this is when I circle back around and pray for a miracle. I reached out to Justin again, only to find there had been a cancellation and a tour was available for my day! Justin was able to help not only arrange a private tour group for myself and my “fiancée”! Penny, our guide was amazing, she took photos of us all along our trip, planned the perfect stopping point along our tour and had the code word ready(“this spot was the bees-knees” get it!? ). Whelp in perfect shape for my luck for this day, my bloodsugar starts to crash about halfway into the paddle. Penny being an amazing guide acts on the fly and sets us up with a turn around that is sooner (you know so I don’t die without getting to propose). At this point all plans are off and this is going to happen one way or the other! I finally get my knee on the ground, of course she says yes, and I can finally share the story of my planning nightmare with my best friend, now fiancé. We all got a good laugh and we were able to make it back to base safe and sound.Sorry for the long winded story, but I had to share; the team really made this experience so personal, and it turned out to be such a beautiful event, one spontaneous moment to the next. Thank you Get Up and Go Kayaking!
Definitely doing this against. Just got back from doing this and the weather was just perfect, water was crystal clear, and enjoying the group who I went with. Got to meet with a blogger who traveled all the way from Europe who went on the tour. Our tour guide was super friendly, laidback and very helpful. I don’t remember his name, but he made our experience even better. I liked the location a lot and was able to see few wildlife along the way that was a real treat! The kayaks where crystal clear in the water and you were able to see fish as you went down the river. For someone who is a beginner at kayaking it was a lot of fun and we got to take a few breaks along the way which was very helpful.
We loved this adventure! I was worried it would be cold going first thing in the morning, but it was perfect. Our guide was great and super helpful (especially cause he let my 6 year old ride with him).
What a fantastic end to our vacation! Booked a Rock Springs kayak tour for the final day of our family vacation & we all had a blast! My daughters paddled together & didn’t kill each other, LOL. The scenery was beautiful…challenging at times due to fallen vegetation from the hurricane. Austin was a wonderful guide! He was funny, friendly & engaging with our entire group. It was so nice to spend this time together, kayaking as a family, and we will definitely be back to do the bioluminescent tour!!! Thank you!
This was absolutely the best part of our vacation! The river was beautiful, our tour guide was SOO nice, and the experience was overall something I will never forget. Definitely something everyone should do when on vacation in florida!!
We did the afternoon Rock Springs tour with Austin as our guide. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. Austin was friendly, helpful and super relaxed. He was assisted by gorgeous Zozo, the super chill three legged dog. We were able to take our time on the way back, and weren’t rushed or hurried at all.The crystal clear water and the scenery are absolutely beautiful. There was a part we could get out of the kayak and wade in the warm water and take photos. We saw fish, birds, turtles and even a little alligator. The small group size is ideal. The river is pretty tight in parts and there’s other people canoeing and kayaking so anymore and it’d be too crowded.Highly recommend these tours. Would definitely do it again!
I never give reviews but I just had to for Get up and Go! What a phenomenal day! We had a blast saw three gators even! Austin definitely deserves a five star review, he was awesome! Thank You Austin for a perfect day! We will for sure be back! I have visited Florida for years and this is hands down one of the best experiences we’ve had down here!
wow!!!! I had an eye opening experience here! This changed my life! Such great people my whole family had such an amazing time, we will def be back next time we visit florida! Kids said it was better than mickey mouse haha!
I booked our wedding anniversary tours, due to an unforeseen circumstance the night before at his job my husband was not able to go. I was so upset, I tried to contact them and the line kept ring to a voicemail. So I emailed them to see if there was anything we could do? They have a very strict cancellation policy-which I was well aware of, I asked them about a credit or some sort of alternative (being willing to pay more $ etc) and I received a generic form-letter email explaining that they’d sent me a reminder 2 days prior and they would have had to have two people in our place. Needless to say, they have withdrawn the charge for our tours, we didn’t get to even go & we received an insensitive “auto response” from the owner that indicated he didn’t read my email at all and/or had no interest in upselling his company or providing any alternatives/flexibility. 😢
We had a great kayak tour yesterday! The weather was perfect and the water was clear and warm. We saw an abundance of wildlife including a baby alligator. The kayaks and equipment looked brand new and our favourite part of the tour was swimming on the sand bar. Our guide, Austin, was kind, knowledgeable and patient. Thanks for a great day, Austin!
Perfect tour, perfect guide (Austin), perfect time!!! If you are in Florida, love natural beauty and want to get away from the crowds, THIS IS THE TOUR FOR YOU! The location is breathtaking, the water is the perfect temp all year round and the guides are GREAT! Thank you @Get Up And Go for the perfect family outing. We loved our pictures and can’t wait to return next year!!!!
My wife and I took the Rock Springs 2:30 Pm tour on February 22 and our guide was Austin. The weather was warm, about 80 degrees, and mostly sunny, and the water temperature was perfect for wading and swimming, so we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Austin is a friendly, kind, and helpful guy and the perfect ambassador for your company. He’s also a good kayaking instructor and helped the less experienced paddlers with proper technique and at no time during the tour did we feel like we were being rushed or hurried. We were on the tour with three other couples and Austin engaged everyone and by the end of the tour we were one big happy family. And a big added bonus was Zozo the dog who took the trip with us in Austin’s kayak! The scenery on Rock Spring’s Run is amazing and once we left Kings Landing we felt like we were miles away from civilization! Thanks for a wonderful afternoon and a great adventure!
This was so so so much fun! My friend and I visiting from Minnesota trying to get away from single digit weather. We had Austin and he was so much fun. Easy going and comfortable. The group we were with were just as fun. Either way something I would completely recommend and hope to do again in the future!
This is one of the greatest things to do in the Orlando Area. Justin and Austin were both so nice and helpful! They took the time to answer questions, take pictures during the tour and to stop wherever we liked. We’ll definitely be back!
This was so much fun, I really anticipated coming down from IL and had a really hard time not booking the second tour after Winter Park tonight we will have to come back to try Rock springs!! The tour guide was so friendly and relaxed —> totally add the picture package!!! Loved our adventure!! ❤️
Just did Rock Spring with Hunter and had a wonderful time. Weather perfect not to hot. No gator sightings but we held a good size turtle. Since I was in Hunter’s kayak and he was willing to do most of the paddling, I was able to just enjoy the scenery and take lots of pictures. Would definitely go back!!
Loved our recent tour with Austin! He was a great guide and made us feel really comfortable. This was my first time kayaking, and he did a great job of setting a manageable pace with plenty of breaks for us to relax and look around. Good conversation too! I would definitely book again!
What an amazing adventure!We had a fantastic time.Amazing opportunity to see the wildlife.Otters, fish, turtles, and several alligators.For the money…this is a great buy!Austin, our guide was friendly and fun!Thank you for the most wonderful experience
I found out about Get Up and Go one night around 3am when I couldn’t sleep and was aimlessly scrolling through Facebook. My friends and I had a trip booked for Florida for about 2 months out at the time so I sent the video to them and they were all on board. We drove 2 hours from where we were staying to go on the tour and it was SO WORTH IT. I am a somewhat experienced kayaker, however my friends are not. Austin, our tour guide, was wonderful and patient with us. He took my one friend in his kayak (there were three of us- two person kayaks) and showed her the ins and outs of kayaking. She still hasn’t stopped talking about how much she learned that day from him. My other friend and I goofed off a lot and we ended up flipping our kayak, but the water was so warm we didn’t even care! I felt so bad because Austin had to climb into the water in his joggers to flip the boat back over but he was totally cool and calm about it and told us not to worry. The sights and the water were amazing, weather was great and we got so many laughs and great photos out of the day. It was the highlight of our vacation and we’ll never forget it. Thanks so much to Austin and Get Up and Go Kayaking for such a wonderful experience!!! We’ll be back!!!
Yesterday we did the Rock Springs tour with Austin. I come to Orlando every year and wanted to try something new this year. I am so glad I came across the Facebook video for get up and go. It was one of the coolest experiences. We already talking about next year trying one of the other tours like the bioluminescent one. Austin was great and extremely helpful and laid back. I would recommend this to anyone.
What a great experience! This is something everyone should do if they are in the area. Great tour guide that allowed space for you to feel like your on your own but will follow along your side you if you need additional help. You won’t find beauty like this in many other places in the world!
Amazing time! First time kayaking and Hunter made us feel like pros! Didn’t get as far as we’d like but just means we’ll have to go back again! Zozo was a wonderful support following us the entire way �
The kayaks are awesome, the guide was great, the weather & natural landscape were amazing! Thank you for putting this cool event together, I highly recommend this to anyone who loves nature, is adventurous and wants to try something new!
We have kayaked before but never in tandem clear kayaks – Fun!!! Austin was relaxed and very accommodating as our guide with instruction when needed to make for a smooth trip. We enjoyed the 10am paddle and mostly had the river to ourselves. Justin worked out our reservation with prompt responses to questions emailed via the contact link. As the name of the company suggests…get up and go kayaking is a must do when in central Florida! Thanks for a great time!
What a beautiful day to be on the water with an amazing group and a fantastic tour guide! Penny was lots of fun and very knowledgeable about the area and helpful with great directions and tips on how to use the kayaks. This was a perfect length of a trip in such a gorgeous location! I’m so happy we found out this was an option for our long weekend adventure!
We did the rock springs tour today and it was amazing! It was about 2 1/2 car ride from where we were staying but it was definitely worth the adventure. We are so glad we went. Being from northern Michigan we have tons of lakes and rivers to kayak but this was nothing like anything we get to experience back at home. I’d definitely like to do one of the other tours next time we visit FL.
My sister (who had never kayaked) and I (an experienced paddler) had a wonderful time during this unique tour. Austin was the perfect guide: knowledgeable and very laid back. The kayaks were lightweight and easy to maneuver. The scenery was spectacular, on a great stretch of clear water.
This was an awesome experience and is even worth a long drive! Our tour guide Hunter was very friendly and knowledgeable. The clear water reflecting the trees is breathtaking, which makes the journey very peaceful and serene. The wild life makes it exciting not knowing what you may see or be able to pet. I’d recommend this adventure to anyone!
My friend and I did the Rock Springs run in December with Justin. It was an awesome day. The water was beautiful. We saw a lot of wild life and the rope swing at the end was fun! Our tour guide was really informative and offered plenty of opportunities to slow down and enjoy the scenery. Definitely worth the trip!
Absolutely loved this trip. We unfortunately had a very cold and windy day but Justin did not let that stop our trip, he was very helpful and very knowledgeable about the surroundings and throughout the entire paddle. Thanks again for this trip, we will definitely be visiting again if we find ourselves in Orlando.
Yesterday morning’s kayak at Rock Springs was one of the best experiences. Was so much fun and the surrounding nature and wildlife was breathtaking. I seriously recommend it too anyone who appreciates the beauty of the outdoors and enjoys some good fun!! I can’t wait to do it again when I’m back in Florida! ��
We were a little bit late, but Justin called and made sure we were on our way and waited on us to get there. It was beautiful and the water was very clear. I recommend it to anyone who loves outdoor activities. Justin was a great guide and he also took good pictures for us. It was a great experience.
My husband and I did this Friday. The air was a bit chilly, so the water was warmer than the air. Once we were in the kayak, you could feel the warmth of the water through it and you didn’t even notice the chilly air. Austin let my husband where his jacket because Dan didn’t bring one and Austin had a long sleeve shirt on. Austin, our guide, and he was great. Our tour was only his second. He was very patient with us and the other couple (who had some difficulties getting past some of the downed tree tops). He gave us plenty of opportunities to rest as we paddled against the current on the way out. The trip was very scenic and serene, even with the hurricane damage that the area sustained. We would definitely do it again.
Booked this after seeing the advert on Facebook. Took my daughter and wife and had a wonderful time. It took a while to get the hang of it as we hadn’t kayaked a two man boat before- but were soon up to speed. There was plenty to see in the river and the guide we had Hunter was excellent in showing us all the spots. We recommend it to anyone.
This was a great adventure. It was exactly what I was looking for with my children. Something outside and away from the theme parks. Justin was very personable and friendly and knew a ton about the area including plant and animal life.
Rock Springs Tour today in Kelly Park. Justin had been so accommodating even though we ended up late due to unforeseen circumstances, keeping in contact with us they had everything set up for our group to catch up to our tour guide Penny who had set of with another couple of people prior to our late arrival!We caught up a little way down the springs. The views were amazing and the water was warm and clear which made for an awesome trip. Fun to navigate through the downed trees due to the recent unfortunate hurricane too. All in all a great trip and a hidden gem!Both Justin (Owner) and Penny were incredibly helpful and made us feel welcome the whole time! Also thanks to the other two on our trip who were equally great as we know we held you up a little waiting for us! �100% would recommend the Rock Springs Kayak tour!
What a great experience. After two days of Disney Crowds it was a much needed peace and tranquility. The scenery was great and the guide was great as well. Loved the see through kayaks � Was able to see some wildlife throughout. It was a great way to end the week in Florida. If I ever get back I will definitely book again. Thanks for the fun!
Was an awesome experience. Had never gone kayaking before this, but it was a really sweet first time to try it. The views were amazing and the water was beautiful. Justin was a great guide and really helped us make the most of our day trip down to Orlando.
My boyfriend and I went on the Rock Springs tour this past weekend and it was such a great experience! The clear kayaks made the feeling of being out on the water exploring one of Florida’s gems just incredible and definitely memorable. There is a lot to see on the tour, between the wildlife and nature. This tour is a must if in the area!!
Great day out. Penny and Justin are very patient with newbies, knowledgable in region and animals and made the trip fun. We saw wildlife, had the opportunity to go for a dip in the crystal clear water and had more then enough photo stops. Will definitely be come back!! Thanks guys �
Was a great experience! Highly recommend it to everyone. My friend and I had a blast enjoyed some laughs while enjoying such a great scenery and even saw some beautiful wildlife. Justin and penny were both great guides, keep doing a great job! ��
This tour is awesome! Our tour guide Justin was great and fun and he knew a lot about the area. The clear kayaks are so cool and unique, and the tour is beautiful. We did the Winter Park tour. Definitely recommend!
Horrible customer service. We originally looked into changing our date due to the fact their location was 3 hours from where we were staying and weather was not looking good for that day, they had one availability, and when we went to cancel our reservation they didn’t answer until almost a day later and charged us the FULL amount.
We just got back from our tour of Rock Springs, and oh my days, what an adventure! The views, wildlife, weather, overall experience – it was all first class! Justin is a top bloke, delivering a top experience. From the first enquiry, right through to our tour this morning, he’s been second to none – this activity is an absolute MUST for any trip to Orlando, and beats going to Sea World and the likes hands down. Thanks for everything Justin – a big thumbs up from your new buddies in Ireland! �
Get Up and Go Kayaking was an incredible experience! Had such a good time with a small group traveling down Rock Springs! We saw it all including some Gators and Turtles � Hunter was a great laugh and I would highly recommend! Can’t wait to come back and do it again!
This was an incredible opportunity to see a different side of my beautiful home state, Florida. I had the pleasure of partnering with Hunter who made this once in a lifetime event something that I would love to do again.
We had a fantastic morning (28th November 2017). Our guide was both friendly and knowledgeable and managed to get us up close to birds of prey, herons, turtles and even a couple of alligators. The kayaks were light and easy to paddle and the surroundings were amazing. Thankyou to all at get up and go kayaking for an amazing experience…Keith
Had a amazing kayak trip today down Rock Spring Run with Justin as our tour guide. The clear kayaks are awesome!!Beautiful day, couldn’t ask for anything more.Had fun on the rope swing and the water felt refreshing.Will defintely be doing it again soon!!
Me, my wife, and 7yr old went today. We drove almost 4 hours just to experience this. Man was it worth it. Justin is awesome. I can’t wait to do it at night. This is a experience me and my family will never forget!!! Do not forget to do the rope swing!!
The feeling of paddling in a see-through kayak is so awesome and is different. 坐在透明小船中划舟的感覺實在太棒了，這是個非常不同的經驗。願與大家分享我的感受。On a sunny afternoon last Friday, we joined with friends for the Rock Springs run kayak trip, guided by Justin. While paddling down the stream, we could clearly see swimming fishes and turtles below the kayak, and different kinds of waterfowls on the water. It was so relaxing, we let quiet stream tenderly push us sliding under the shade of big oak trees. Occasionally those alligators resting on the shore may stare at us as if to blame us why we were there…No doubt, this is one of the must visit places in Orlando area. Needless to say, Justin, the tour guide, also the owner of the program, is a very knowledgeable and friendly person. He is a real five stars tour guide.坐在透明小船中划舟的感覺實在太棒了，這是個非常不同的經驗。在一個陽光明媚的下午，好友偕同我们參加透明小船划舟遊溪，兩人一組，由Justin領隊解說。一路上我們可以清楚地看見水中的游鱼，烏龜和不同的水鳥。兩岸景觀美麗讓人感到十分放鬆。在安静的小溪幫我們輕輕推動下，我們順著大橡樹的陰影緩緩滑過，拌著涼風徐徐，以為是活在古人柳暗花明又一村的境地。偶爾會見到在岸邊晒太陽的鱷魚突然翻翻眼瞪著我們，似乎在責怪我們這羣不速之客破壞了如此美好的畫面…不蓋你，這是奥蘭多 Rock Spring 地區必须旅遊的景點之一，請記住必須先預約。導遊Justin，也是經營這個活動的老板，是一個非常有知識和友善的年輕人。他是個如假包換的五星級導遊達人。信不信由你，他也會講幾句中文，因為他大學曾經和北京來的室友學過幾句中文呢！
We went on the Rock Springs trip with out of town guests. What a fantastic experience! It was absolutely gorgeous with so many fish, turtles, and abundant vegetation. I even had fun on the rope swing a couple of times.We can’t say enough about Justin, the owner and our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the local wildlife and very friendly. He made the trip that much more enjoyable.We will definitely take future guests on this trip. We also hope to try the Bioluminescent trip next year.Thanks again, Justin!
We had a fantastic time. It was truly a unique experience. One that should not be missed. Justin and his tour guide Alex, were very professional and extremely knowledgeable. This tour should be an on everybody’s bucket list. �
We had such an amazing time! Everything went so smoothly and the trip was so relaxing. The clear kayaks are awesome. I was glad we got to see some of the wildlife around the area. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone heading down to Florida, It was perfect.
We did our Rock Spring tour on Nov 3. It was such a fun and unique experience. Justin was super helpful and knowledgable. We saw couples of baby alligators and many turtles. Being an outdoor person, I was searching for things to do besides theme parks. This tour was exactly what I hope for. I recommended this tour to everyone who plans to visit Orlando. I would definitely come back to do the Bioluminescent tour.
4 of my coworkers and I went on the rock springs tour on Wednesday amd it was AMAZING!! Justin was our guide and he was so wonderful. We had no isseues booking and they even sent me pictures of the water conditions prior to booking so I could make sure it was what I was looking for. Great customer servcice and the actual kayak tour was beautiful. We got to see some wildlife and Justin made sure everything went smoothly. Some of us even dud the rope swing at the end, I highly recommend….oh and the clear kayaks are awesome lol duh
You have to do this! Justin is amazing and so easy to work with. The trip was incredible. So peaceful and fun, even for those who have never kayaked before! We can’t wait to go back and do the bioluminescent trip!
We had an awesome experience with Justin on September 17th at Rock Springs! He is a wonderful, personable and knowledgeable guide. I highly recommend his company to anyone contemplating a kayaking adventure. I look forward to being back in Florida and trying out his other tours!
My husband and I were honeymooning when I came across this company so we decided to try it out. Justin was super helpful and fun! It poured while we were out but it made it an extra adventure! We plan to do again next time we’re in Florida! �
I highly recommend Get and go kayaking!It was an amazing experience that was unique and nothing that I’ve seen or done before. The Bioluminescent tour was absolutely beautiful and much enjoyed being able to see different wildlife such as the comb jellyfish, also having fun catching them. In such a clear night with no light pollution around, being able to look up and see shooting stars and the milky way shining bright; I was able to also paddle and see a galaxy of Bioluminescent below.To my very charismatic tour guide Justin! thank you for an amazing night, was a pleasure meeting you! �
This as a unique experience and gives you a chance to explore Orlando in a totally different way. I recently paddled the winter park experience and it really was worth it. The clear kayaks make it an even more unique experience than it already is. Justin was friendly, easy to get on with and was very patient with everyone. Whether you’re new to kayaking, a bit rusty or a pro you’re taken care of really well. It was a lovely day out, Justin was a great guide and I would also like mention how excellent Get Up and Go are with their communication and correspondence. I would definitely recommend Get Up and Go and will certainly pay a visit next time I’m in Orlando!
We have been on a personal trip to see manatees today with Get Up and Go Kayaking, after arranging it a few days ago with Justin, we turned up at Haulover Canal. Being in the clear kayaks was fantastic, getting up close to the manatees plus seeing herons, jelly fish, dolphins and other wildlife was great whilst paddling around. The fabulous part of the trip was some of the manatees actually interacted with us, they wanted to be touched, licked the bottom of the kayaks and followed us around. What an amazing adventure and lifetime opportunity! Thank you Justin.
Even if the water wasn’t as clear as it should be due to the hurricane we still loved it. Justin was very friendly and gave us a brilliant experience. He even gave us a chance to cancel due to the water not being clear but we are definitely glad we decided to still do it!
We went bioluminescent kayaking tonight & it was hands down one of the BEST experiences of my life!! Glow in the dark plankton & jelly fish ?! Seemed unreal !! Justin was such an awesome tour guide ! 100% would recommend !
I recently wanted to on a new adventure with my sister so I decided do a bioluminescent tour though neither of us have ever been kayaking. Our tour guide, Justin, was not only patient with our kayaking inexperience, but also extremely kind, and accommodating! We launched with a group of six and he was attentive to everyone’s needs. Once my sister and I got the hang of kayaking by ourselves (Justin had to get us help us A LOT in the beginning), it was smooth sailing for the rest of the trip. The clear kayaks really amplified the experience since the water glowed around us and UNDERNEATH us; not to mention the shooting stars in the sky, which were breathtaking! I would highly recommend this amazing company to anyone who is looking a great, new adventure. Thank you Justin for the great experience, you rock!
Bioluminesence is a great experience. They have clear kayaks and that makes a huge difference because you can see more of it though the kayak, not only when you paddle. Justin is also very nice and provided an excellent service. Totally recommended!! Just don’t forget the mosquitoes repellent.
Justin is the best! We drove up to Rock Springs tour in his awesome kayaks. What a treat. It is just beautiful up there. Justin is extremely accommodating, patient with the beginner kayakers and knowledgeable of the wildlife and area. We can’t wait to go to Merritt Island for the Bio tour at the end of Sept. Thank you again Justin!
We had the best experience with Get Up And Go Kayaking! I can’t imagine a bioluminescent tour in anything other than a clear kayak! Being able to see the water under and immediately around the kayak glowing added so much to the experience. And Justin was a great guide/host. Very knowledgeable and easy going. It made for a great birthday outing!
This was an amazing experience….the clear kayaks are comfortable, and easy to maneuver. They also enabled us to see things underneath that we wouldn’t have seen with a regular kayak. Justin is super nice and professional. We can’t wait to take the bioluminescent tour before the summer ends. Get Up and Go is the ONLY way to go!!!
Justin was a great guide and instructor. My son and I had the Best time. We’ve been on a few tours before and nothing comes even close to comparing. Plus the clear kayaks are awe inspiring. We WILL be back!
We booked our tour for Rock Springs yesterday morning at 9am. The serenity you feel paddling through the fresh spring water is indescribable- especially on the clear kayaks! You can see right through to the bottom of the water. Our tour guide and owner Justin was absolutely amazing. Not only did he give us an amazing tour, he allowed us to hop out and swim, jump off the rope swing, took pictures for us in the best spots, gave us tons of information on the Springs, and showed us lots of wild life ( deer, turtle, baby alligators, fish, and even some beautiful trees). Once the tour was over, Justin sent us all the amazing footage from his GoPro as well. This tour was one of a kind and a wonderful way to see Florida’s beauty. If you are looking for a peaceful, fun, personal tour of the Springs, this is the way to go! We can not wait to book the bioluminescent tour soon. Thanks again Justin! Jenn and Erik Eklund
The bio luminescent night trip was awesome. Justin does a great job with his clear kayaks. It’s hard to keep a group together in the daytime much less in the dark of night, wind and current. Watching “fireflies” in the water is a crazy thing that’s hard to believe until you’ve experienced it. Just shaking your hand in the water produces “sparks”. We had so much fun. Thanks Justin for the tour.
We rented 3 clear kayaks for the Rock Springs tour! It was a blast! Definitely should put bug spray on before launch and bring it with you. Justin was an awesome guide throughout the tour. Even though we maaaaay have sunk one of our kayaks, he was a trooper and helped us back on. Lol Would definitely re-book for future trips! For a bunch of amateurs, 3 adults and 3 kids, Justin handled our group well! Thank you!
I went on the bioluminescent tour with Justin. I’ve done this tour before with larger companies and regular kayaks, but let me assure you, a clear kayak (and smaller group) is a FAR superior way to experience this! You may have seen bioluminescence at the beach before, but I promise this is different. The refuge is far from any light pollution, and the bio is so concentrated in this area that it is utter magic. When you disturb a school of fish they dart around, leaving shooting-stars of green sparkles under the water. And unlike regular kayaks, in a clear kayak you can just watch below you and it looks like, in my son’s words, the cockpit of a ship going into hyperspace. 😀 Every Floridian should do this at least once. If you get there before sunset you’re also likely to see dolphins and manatees. We watched a mating herd of about 7 manatees for about an hour from the boat ramp before the tour began. You don’t have to be an experienced kayaker and paddling in the dark is not as weird as it sounds. You can clearly see one another. It’s just peaceful and something you will remember for the rest of your life. My kids, who have kayaked in bioluminescence many times, said this was definitely the best version because of the small group and the clear kayaks. Another word about Justin specifically. I made a stupid scheduling mistake. With a larger company it would have been more difficult to fix, or I may have been out of luck entirely and my family (visiting from another state) would have just missed out on this experience. He went beyond what I expected, moving his schedule around VERY last minute and was gracious about it. Thank you Justin!
I went out on a tour at rock springs run with justin. I have got to say that i loved the see through kayaks. The tour was very fun a peaceful. Beauty around every turn. He was a real cool guide and i would recommend a tour with him to anybody wanting a one of a kind experience!! I want to go again already! Lol
We took the Rock Springs tour on Sunday 5/21 and had an awesome experience! Justin took us out right on schedule and was very knowledgeable about the area. He was a great instructor during the tricky parts of the trip and very patient with us. He even stored our bags and phones in a dry bag just in case of an accidental tip over. To cap it off, the same evening he emailed me great photos from our adventure!
We just did our Rock Springs run yesterday with Justin, and what an amazing and unique experience that was! We were trying to book it for the 16th because it was going to be my birthday adventure, but it also happened to be Easter so we booked for the following Sunday. I was extremely paranoid that we were going to get rained out, but that never happened. It was occasionally overcast so it provided some good shade while we were paddling against the current. We saw one baby gator and a decent sized turtle, but the minimal amount of wildlife didn’t phase us because of the nature around AND beneath us! Justin was extremely patient and very nimble on the kayak. I will say if you ride single, you’ll be more prone to spin out because of how these kayaks are designed. I can’t wait for the bio luminescent tour!
I have to admit, the tour seriously was worth every second. Couldn’t have been happier with how it went! Justin is a really awesome guy and he was patient and kind. Took my gf on the trip and she wouldn’t stop talking about it. Actually both of us wouldn’t stop talking about it! Beautiful wildlife, clear water, and overall a experience you really never imagined you could get in Orlando. I’d pick six stars but it only goes to 5.
We had an amazing time paddling through Rock Springs with Justin. He was very knowledgeable about the animals we saw and where to find them, plant life and just the area in general. He was very patient with lots of picture taking and we never felt rushed. It was a wonderful adventure and incredible way to experience such a beautiful area. So much would have been missed had we not had the clear kayaks.
After months of trying to plan a trip down to Apopka to go clear kayaking with Get Up and Go Kayaking, I finally made it down this Sunday. The experience exceeded my expectations. Rock Springs run was beautiful, and our trip was fantastic! Justin was so nice and helpful. I am used to kayaking solo in a much heavier kayak, so kayaking tandem in a clear one was a bit tricky at first. Justin patiently coached us along, and helped us navigate the trickier areas. I highly recommend Get Up and Go!
We did the Rock Springs guided tour with Justin. He is an amazing instructor-guide, extremely patient and knows every little inch of the springs . It was our first experience kayaking and he was very kind and knowledgeable guiding us . We will be scheduling another tour soon!! � ps: Justin provided us fantastic pics and videos� so grateful
A beautiful experience that is completely different from other kayaking or canoeing. Justin was a tremendous help in getting us acclimated to the kayak and he did it with a great sense of humor and patience.
We had such a great time with Justin! We went on the Rock Springs tour and it was beautiful! He was very patient with us and helped explain how to navigate through the springs. The clear kayaks are super cool and different and make for great pictures. We definitely recommend booking a tour with Justin and will definitely book again ourselves!
My husband and I went on the winter park chain of lakes tour today and we had an incredible time. Justin is so patient and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We will definitely be booking more tours in the future
We did the Rock Springs tour and absolutely LOVED it! Justin was an incredible guide and very easy going which made it feel like you were out with a bunch of friends! The kayaks are spectacular! If you’re a newbie they can be a little tricky but Justin gives awesome advice on how to paddle correctly! I am looking forward to coming back and doing more tours!
Justin took a friend and I out on a tour this past week and it was AMAZING to say the least. I’ve went bioluminescent kayaking last year with a different company and this was a completely different experience. With Get Up and Go Kayaking’s kayaks being completely clear, it looks like you’re paddling on top of a galaxy of stars. You see sparkles of what looks like glitter everywhere UNDERNEATH you. My friend and I were in awe. We were also joined by a dolphin which was really neat! If you’re thinking about doing a tour, I would definitely recommend going with Get Up and Go Kayaking! The 5 star experience was more than worth it.