The quiet calm water is like a mirror reflecting the alien like trees that surround us.
Our kayak slowly breaks through the reflection on the water sending the trees to dance and shimmer as our little group of kayakers explore Shingle Creek on the outskirts of Kissimmee Florida.
There is no sound of the cars driving on nearby Hwy 192.
No sound of the roller coasters in the theme parks.
At Shingle Creek Kissimmee Florida there is Silence….
Located in the headwaters to the Everglades, Shingle Creek is a small waterway named for the wooden shingles that were made from the Cyprus trees harvested located on the water’s edge.
It’s the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of Kissimmee / Orlando and something I didn’t know existed or expected to find deep in the land of Mickey.
What did I see?
But listen closely and you’ll hear the bubbles of the water and sometimes the breeze as the leaves rustle through the trees…
Kayaking Shingle Creek Tips
- Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, camera, hat, cell phone, water.
- Stay away from the wildlife and do not feed the alligators, turtles, birds.
- Best to leave valuables at home. There are no lockers.
- Paddling Center has a limited number of waterproof bags available but best to bring your own.
- Try and stay quiet throughout your journey so that you don’t scare away the wildlife
The Paddling Center at Shingle Creek
4266 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741
- Kayak rentals include paddles and personal floatation devices.
- No prior paddling experience is necessary. Instructions will be provided.
- Tandem Kayak $16/hour.
- Single Kayak $13/hour.
- Canoe and Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals are also available.
- Open: 7 days a week / 8am to 7pm Summer & 8am to 5pm Winter (daylight savings).
There are also motorized boat tours available as well as hiking and biking trails.
Do yourself a favour the next time you come down to the Orlando area with the family. Take a break from the theme parks and experience natural Kissimmee Florida.
Travel assistance provided by Experience Kissimmee. As always, the opinions expressed in this post is entirely my own.