Fun on the Water
Family Friendly Lake Activities
A Central Florida vacation wouldn't be complete without spending some time on the water. We have a lot of ways for you to keep cool - including airboat tours, kayak rentals, SUP paddleboarding, flyboarding, boat cruises and water skiing.
With their ability to navigate very shallow water and glide over vegetation, you can experience nature up close and personal on a refreshing airboat ride. Because this popular activity books up fast, visitors should reserve a spot early. There are a number of different companies that offer airboat rides throughout the wetland areas of Central Florida.
Canoeing and Kayaking
There is no better way to connect with nature and spend the day observing or photographing wildlife, or even casting a line, than while paddling the pristine waters of Polk County. In an area that has 554-lakes, opportunities to glide along the water by canoe or kayak are endless and always close by.
You can rent kayaks from Marine Supply of Winter Haven.
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Most lakes have a public boat ramp, canoe launch or sandy shoreline that will provide your entry into the water and allow you to explore at a leisurely pace. For paddlers looking to log some serious miles with a multi-hour, or even multi-day on-the-water tour, many of the lakes on the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes are interconnected by canals, providing access to hundreds of miles of open waterways to explore. The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes sits along the Everglades Paddling Trail which provides access to the Kissimmee River, Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and eventually the inter-coastal waterways of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.
In the same area of Polk County you will find Lake Kissimmee State Park's Buster Island Loop Paddling Trail. The 11-mile trail runs through and along the boundary of the state park. Kayak and canoe rentals are available through the state park's store.
The Peace River Paddling Trail offers passes through 67 miles of moss-draped cypress swamp, hardwood forest and oak hammocks as it flows south to Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico.
Boating and SUP
Take a boat out on one of the region's more than 500-lakes. Public boat ramps and boat rental providers allow you to explore on your own, or hop aboard an on-the-water ecotour and let the captain do the work for you. For the ultimate mix of nature and exercise, give your core a workout with Paddleboard Winter Haven.
Chain of Lakes Tour Providers
View our Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Map.
Water Skiing, Wakeboarding & Flyboards
If you’re feeling more adventurous, test your skills at water skiing, wakeboarding or flyboarding. Absolute Aqua Sports in Winter Haven can help newbies and pros alike have an unforgettable experience. Just minutes from LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Absolute Aqua Sports also offers hang gliding tours and tube rides. To learn more about the long-standing history of water skiing in Central Florida, take a trip to the Water Ski Hall of Fame Museum in Polk City.