Kayak the South Lido Mangrove Tunnels

South Lido Mangrove Tunnels

Kayak and SUP rentals available. Great for all skill levels and ages. See manatees and dolphins. Explore mazes of mangrove tunnels.

Before entering South Lido County Park, take a left turn on Taft Drive for the kayak launch area. Parking is available at the end of the road. Multiple companies offer kayak and stand up paddle (SUP) rentals and tours at the launch site, but feel free to bring your own. Launch your kayak or SUP between mangroves into Sarasota Bay and continue South along the mangrove tunnels. Visit this website for a detailed map of the trails.

Pack List

  • Bottle of water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks or picnic items
  • Waterproof camera (or ziplock bag to carry camera)
  • Towel
  • Flip flops
  • Bathing suit
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Kayaking, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Swimming Hole


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Really cool mangrove tunnels. They made the whole trip worth it. Make sure to bring bug spray too, took a wrong turn and got attacked.


Had a wonderful time in the mangrove tunnels. Fun, sun, and salt.

Awesome Kayaking & SUP

The Mangrove Tunnels are very scenic to paddle through, you can bring your own kayak, or reserve through rental companies who meet you at the launch. They also have SUP rentals to take through the tunnels as well. Once you are going through the tunnels look up at the trees overhead and you will see tiny little crabs called Mangrove Tree Crabs. They are fun to watch skitter around and don't pose a threat to you so no worries. Once you've gone through the maze of tunnels head out into the inter-coastal waterway and there's a very good chance manatees will make their way to the surface to greet you!

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