Shell Key Preserve

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  • Cost: $55 per adult | $45 for children under 12
  • Duration: 2-2.5 hours
  • Location: Billy’s Stone Crab | 1 Collany Rd Tierra Verde, FL 33715
  • Weight Restriction: 425 pounds per boat (two guests) and no more than 250 pounds per seat (individual)
  • Reservation Required

Take an adventure to Shell Key Preserve in a completely clear kayak – just outside of Tampa Bay and St. Pete Beach! 

Along this paddle be on the lookout for manatee, dolphin, pelicans, starfish, conch, and other local marine life!

Our eco-guided Shell Key Preserve kayak tour has several picturesque stops along the way where you will hear a bit about local wildlife, marine life, and plant life! You will even have the opportunity to get up close to Florida’s natural mangroves and to hop out along a sandy shoreline or sandbar based on the tide!
We have daytime and sunset tour options available daily!

Our Shell Key Preserve kayak tour departs in Tierra Verde, FL just behind Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant. You will have access to restrooms during restaurant business hours, experience more wildlife viewing from the docks, and can grab a bite to eat before or after their tour right on site!

We encourage you to bring the following:

  • Water
  • Swimsuit/Clothes that you don’t mind getting a little wet.
    • The paddles will drip a little bit of water into the boat so a change of clothes may be necessary afterwards.
    • We will have the opportunity to get out of the kayaks along the sandbars and/or beaches. You can get in the water if you’d like!
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses/hat
    • Please apply prior to entering the boat and allow it to dry as best as possible.
  • Shoes that can get wet/sandals (we do not allow these to be worn in the boat as they may scratch the kayaks).
  • Towel for after the trip.
  • Ziplock bag to store any items you wish to take on the boat.
  • Any extra gear you’d like. Remember- the less gear, the more visibility through the kayak.

  • Expect to see some nature, wildlife/marine life and learn about the surrounding area.
  • Every tour is given on one of our 100% clear kayaks.
  • Our fleet is small (5 kayaks) so expect an exclusive experience (no more than 10 people at a time).
  • Private tours are available per request.
  • Our guides are always helpful and entertaining (and they love tips).
  • Be prepared to have fun.

Children are allowed but required by law at age 7 or under to wear life jackets at all times on the water. The ability of your child to sit in a kayak for the duration of our tour is completely up to the parent. We do require children that are 50 pounds or under to bring their own life jacket as the size is very specific and safety is of utmost important. 

Our tours are made for any skill levels to participate, we will have basic tips and tricks to help you maneuver the waterways. Some paddling may be considered intermediate but we try our best to paddle at a pace that is convenient for every paddler! We do require all guests to stay with the group. 

This is completely up to you. If you feel as though the experience executed by the guide is worthy of a tip, please do! Tips are greatly appreciated. We like to say, “If you enjoyed your ride, tip your guide”! 

Our weight limit is no more than 250 pounds per person and no more than 425 pounds per 2 people that are in the same kayak.  All of our kayaks are double kayaks. Unfortunately our kayak manufacturer has given us this strict limit of 250 pounds per person and we cannot exceed this limit.

Our 100% see through kayaks are made of GE™ Lexan™  6mm which is commonly used in bulletproof glass, fighter jet canopies, and submarine viewports!

It is not required but we do ask that you are comfortable on the water. We do provide life jackets for all guests to ensure an extra level of safety as well.

Each of our kayaks are tandem (made for 2 paddlers). However, the seats are removable and if you have an odd number of paddlers in your party we are able to accommodate the kayak as a single. 

Keep in mind, the same 250 pound PER person weight limit still applies even if taking a kayak as a single.

Trips that are canceled by Get Up And Go Kayaking due to inclement weather, will not be charged; if your card has been charged prior to the trip, all funds will be refunded.

Reservations that are cancelled 48 hours or more before a scheduled trip will not be charged. Those that are cancelled or in need of rescheduling within the 48 hour window of departure will be charged full price.

No-show participants will be charged full price unless cancelled outside of 48 hours. This includes showing up with less paddlers than the original amount booked for.

Cancellations must be done by phone. We accept email cancellations as long as they are at least 4 days prior to the scheduled tour. You will receive a reply once your trip has been cancelled.

**Get Up And Go Kayaking will not launch in unsafe weather conditions. Because of this, trips may need to be cancelled or rescheduled due to safety issues. If this is the case, your reservation will be refunded in full (if it has already been paid). We will not be held responsible for any reservation that you fail to keep due to any unforeseen circumstances. We also reserve the right to change or cancel any tours due to circumstances beyond our control. In this instance, Get Up And Go Kayaking can refund the tour price, not any other expenses that may have been incurred.**


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Get In Touch

(727) 265-2268

available from 8:00am – 5:00pm

Address 1 Collany Rd, Tierra Verde, FL 33715




Tour Guide

Chase is a Tampa Bay area native that holds her degrees in Environmental Biology and Oceanography! She has over 10 years’ experience working with Tampa Bay’s marine life and conducting research! Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours in Shell Key is the abundance of wildlife that you see there! Because it is a preserve, it is protected so one can see so much variety of wildlife that you won’t see elsewhere! Tampa born and raised! Fun fact about Chase – she went to Australia in 2019 to study invasive toads!


Tour Guide

Christian holds his degree in theology! He is also a certified personal trainer and licensed real estate agent! His favorite thing about providing kayaking tours is getting to know people from different places all over the world! Fun fact about Christian – he learned to surf BEFORE he could swim!



Diana holds her MBA and bachelor’s in business administration AND she was a cadet at the US Air Force Academy! Besides being a boss lady, she has a grand spirit for adventure! Her favorite part about providing kayaking tours is the incredible animal encounters and meeting people adventurous enough to try something new! Fun fact about Diana: she is a Walt Disney world performer!



Chris holds his degree in graphic design and began studying environmental science! After working professionally for many years, he decided to return to his first love – water sports on the coast! His favorite part of giving kayak tour is seeing the excitement and fascination on
people’s faces when they are introduced to the amazing environmental aspects and habitats of Florida’s west coast! Fun fact about Chris: he is also a certified yoga instructor!