Shell Key Preserve

The #1 rated Top Overall Experience in the United States according to TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice Award!

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

Daytime Tours

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!

Glow Tours

Take a NIGHTTIME clear kayak adventure, featuring underwater LED lights in your clear kayak. Your tour guide will lead the way as we paddle through the waters of Shell Key Preserve while looking for wildlife, taking in the stars, and lighting up the water beneath you! The tour takes place in the darkness, and there may be some surprise visits from wildlife. We recommend wearing long sleeve and/or long pants, with bug spray underneath your clothing to deter mosquitoes.

We encourage you to bring the following:

  • Water
  • Swimsuit/Clothes that you don’t mind getting a little wet.
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses/hat
  • Shoes that can get wet/sandals
  • Towel for after the trip.
  • Re-usable water bottle
  • Any extra gear you’d like. Remember- the less gear, the more visibility through the kayak.
  • Every tour is given on one of our 100% clear kayaks.
  • Our fleet is small (usually 5 kayaks) so you can expect an exclusive experience
  • Our tours are 2.5-3 miles of paddling.
  • Private tours are available upon request.
  • Our guides are always instructive, helpful, and entertaining (see their bios below)

Children are allowed but required by law at age 6 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 30 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. We also ask that all guests have upper body mobility and capacity to walk up and down steps to enter/exit kayaks.

Tips are greatly appreciated. We like to say, “If you enjoyed your ride, tip your guide”! Standard US gratuity is 20%! 

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.

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 be rescheduled or 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.

**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





Jenna holds her degrees in environmental science and business marketing! She holds certifications in boater safety, high ropers, and belaying! She has experience working with Florida Fish and Wildlife educating others about the environment! Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is seeing people get out of their comfort zones and thrive in the open water! She loves the reactions people have when she teaches them something about the plants and animals around them (especially when cormorants follow our boats)! A fun fact about Jenna: she loves backpacking and has completed 1,000 miles of the Appalachian trail thus far.



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!


Tour Guide

Raven is currently studying environmental studies at the University of Tampa! She has experience conducting research on endangered species in the Bahamas! Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is that each is unique, and she is always finding different wildlife each trip! A fun fact about Raven: she is an avid birder!



Charlie holds his degree in Environmental Studies and Economics with a minor in Coastal Management! He also has multiple years’ experience researching and paddling the waterways of Tampa Bay! His favorite things about giving kayak tours is allowing people the opportunity to safely interact with wildlife and continuing to learn about the environment. A fun fact about Charlie is that he loves to scuba and free dive!



Grace graduated from Eckerd College with a degree in Marine Science. She is passionate about public outreach and marine conservation. Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is being able to spend her days immersed in nature educating guests on the unique ecosystems within Shell Key Preserve. Fun fact: she has swam with many different species of sharks including bull sharks, great hammerheads, black tip reef sharks, and Caribbean reef sharks.


Tour Guide/Paddle Pals Education Coordinator

Hannah holds her degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education and a minor in Climate Change! She has experience leading outdoor environmental education tours in Florida and is certified in wilderness first aid! Her favorite thing about giving kayak tours is introducing Florida’s natural beauty to visitors. A fun fact about Hannah is that she is a proclaimed bird nerd! 


Tour Guide

Alessia’s passion for the environment took hold in her environmental science high school magnet program (JERFSA)! She now holds her degree in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University! She has a love for traveling and has done study abroad research in Ecuador, San Salvador Bahamas, and Ghana. After two years of guiding on Captiva Island, she has continued her passion here on Shell Key to share the wonders of these ecosystems with tourists and especially locals! Her favorite part of giving tours is getting to take people past the surface level of what catches their eye and show them how vibrant even a “quiet” day can be!


Fun fact about Alessia is that she is a shell fanatic!