World Famous “Venice of America” Kayak or Paddle Board Tour (Not Recommended for Beginners)

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The Best Paddle Tour in Fort Lauderdale: USA Today's “12 EPIC Places to Paddle”, Adventure Activity of the Year, and Best of Fort Lauderdale are just a few accolades this Paddle Board and Kayak Tour have been awarded. 1000's people have learned that we offer a Fun & Easy way to learn to Paddle Board with 1000's of 5 Star Reviews. Our canals host Mega Yachts to the rich and famous where they are docked at luxurious homes that can only be seen by river as many are inside of secured gated communities. The only local FtL Biz earning recognition in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame!

3 Experiences for 1 Price:

Guided Paddle Tour
Fort Lauderdale Adventures is proud to offer this exploration of the Bonnet House western border for the first time ever. Celebrating over 100 years, we are able to exhibit these saltwater wetlands that support a fragile ecosystem vital to south Florida's ever endangered habitat. We host exclusive canal access that leads to the center of the Bonnet House and was uncharted until our innovative ideas created a new recreational activity for the first time ever at this Historical Preservation of over 100 years. Bonnet House is a haven for migratory birds, year round birds indigenous to Florida wetland and coastal areas, and manatees that occasionally seek refuge in the estate’s Boathouse Canal. The jungle of mangrove trees produces a thick network of intertwined roots to prevent soil erosion and provide shelter and food for fish and wildlife. Manatee, land and sea fiddler crabs, and a variety of saltwater fish find a secure home in this ecosystem. The Cove is the perfect home for our Great Blue Heron, Green Herons, Egret's, Ibis, and the rare Great White Heron that can only be found in this part of the world.

Additionally, guest may choose alternative tours that include routes that differ between our Seven Isles Tour or Venice of America that both feature multi-million dollar mansions, mega-yachts, and the amazing landscapes.

After your Paddle, enjoy a self-guided tour of the Bonnet House and Gardens. We recommend planning for at least 90 minutes to see the site: Visit for the audio tour.
• Start at the Welcome Center to get visitor information, including interactive maps, museum gift shop location,
trails, gardens, restroom locations, and more.
• Use your Smartphone or Tablet to access. There’s nothing to download, just go to the free mobile-friendly

Self Guided Trails, Grounds, and Gardens Access
Five distinct ecosystems can be found on the property including the Atlantic Ocean beach and primary dune, a fresh water slough, the secondary dune which includes the house site, mangrove wetlands, and a maritime forest.
In compliment to the natural vegetation, the grounds contain a Desert Garden composed of arid plantings, a hibiscus garden, and the main courtyard planted with tropical vegetation. Evelyn Bartlett was a passionate orchid collector. Various blooming examples are rotated regularly through the estate’s Orchid Display House. The grounds feature a variety of plants and trees imported from all over the world and when combined with the natural coastal wetlands makes a great home for it's many habitants including Green Heron, Blue Heron, Egrets, Ibis, Hawks, Racoons, Squirrels, and even a Monkey. Your wristband will have you journey thru nature trails, a desert garden, an orchid garden, a seashell garden, and so much more. For complete details visit

Self Guided Historic Art Museum, Gallery and Studio Access
Built in 1920 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists with original furnishings open to the public. Nestled among miles of beachfront development are 35 acres of a native barrier island ecosystem. Chicago-born artist Frederic Clay Bartlett created Bonnet House on South Florida oceanfront land given to him and his second wife, Helen Louise Birch, by her father, Hugh Taylor Birch, a prominent Chicago attorney, real estate investor, and naturalist. Frederic graduated from Munich’s prestigious Royal Academy. The families last request was that the Bonnet House remain preserved in time. The museum has art in every room all the way to Fredericks last days when he was painting the floor in the music room. We can't possibly describe it as you MUST come see for yourself. For complete details visit

About Coconut Cove named by Fort Lauderdale Adventures Founder, Brian Galton
The name came from observing a collection of coconuts that wash up on our tiny beach launch & hideaway and was then made obvious after watching a Disney movie named “HOOT” that was filmed here. Coconut Cove was once a mangrove and buttonwood swamp until the late 1920's, when the U.S. Army Corp. of engineers was granted permission to deposit the fill while dredging the Intracoastal. The fill caused the swamp to perish, which prompted Mr. Bartlett to plant rows of Coconut Palms where the current Bonnet House parking lot exists. The property is a blend of native and exotic flora including a Desert Garden, Orchid House, Shell Museum, Fruit Groves, Freshwater Slough, Wild Coffee, Silver Palms, Coontie Plants shaded by Gumbo Limbo, Seagrapes, Sabal Palms, and Paradise Trees to name just a few splendors in addition to the 1920 Bonnet House Museum with it's incredible architecture built around a Fountain Garden and displaying art, sculptures, and collectibles from all over the world. It is truly the last of Old Florida in the present day and a celebration of the protected history and the legacy of Frederic Clay and Evelyn Bartlett's vision and talent.

8:30AM Tuesday thru Sunday by 24 Hour Advanced Reservation
Call 954-709=4311 to check availability.

Tour info

2 to 4 hours
Group Size
no limit
Price starts at
Meeting Point

900 N Birch Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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Why take this tour?

Needless to say, paddle boarding is the best way to see them! You may even glide your board from the small wakes as yachts and boats pass us and all while enjoying the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway system that stretches from Maine to Miami! Our port plays host to as many as 18 cruise ships in a day, sailing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to marquee destinations throughout the Caribbean.

Two of the world’s largest and most advanced cruise ships, the Allure of the Seas and her sister ship Oasis of the Seas, also call our port home. Along the Tour, we can answer questions about things to do, places to visit, to shop, or which of the many world-class dining restaurants to choose from! Or you can just become one of our many sun-seekers from all over the world that come to Fort Lauderdale to do business, relax, and play!

Here are just a few of the Rich & Famous Homes and or Yachts that have been or are claimed to decorate our Intracoastal Waterways, Rivers, and Canals: Johnny Depp, Gene Hackman, Wayne Huizinga (Founder Waste Management, AutoNation, and Blockbuster), Scottie Pippen, Nick Nolte, John X. Watson (CEO of Sunglass Hut), Johnny Weismuller, aka “TARZAN”, Barbara Mandrell, Any Given Sunday (Featured Movie with Cameron Diaz), Gloria Vanderbilt, Merv Griffen, Lucille Ball, Sonny and Cher, Cape Fear (Blockbuster Movie), Rick Hendrick (Nascar), Wendy Thomas (Dave Thomas, Founder of Wendy’s), Michael Mann (Shot last 5 Episodes of Miami Vice), John G. Stumpf (CEO of Wells Fargo), Easy Rider Magazine, Ralph Lauren Due to popular demand, we highly suggest booking in advance. We do not guarantee these claims and why our resources would seem to be accurate, some may have been provided with inaccurate but good intentions.

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