Fun Places to Kayak in US by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Fun Places to Kayak in US

Pretty much any place with water is a great place to kayak. While I have always loved kayaking, I have been finding more kayaking opportunities lately.

Here are a few fun places to kayak in US, a couple of which really surprised me!


Many people think of Delaware as a section of I-95 during road trips between New York City and Florida. I wrote an article a few years ago about Surprising Delaware and a few months ago I spent another week there. Two fun kayaking excursions introduced me to some of the beautiful nature of Sussex county in Southern Delaware. Located within a two hour drive from Baltimore and Philadelphia, Southern Delaware is a peaceful, tranquil, and fun getaway from the big city. Plus, there are some sensational places to eat in Delaware.

One day we kayaked on Broad Creek with Delmarva Board Sport Adventures.

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kayaking on Broad Creek, Delaware. Photo by Julie of

The second day we kayaked Nanticoke River with Adrenaline High Kayak Tours.

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kayaking on Nanticoke River, Delaware. Photo by Julie of

While I biked around Trap Pond State Park and did two pontoon boat tours, I would love to return there and kayak around the pond. Trap Pond has a kayak trail through the cypress forest, the northernmost appearance of bald cypress in the United States.

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Trap Pond State Park, Delaware

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Sea Rim State Park, Port Arthur, Texas

Drive past an otherworldly Mad Max scene of oil refineries to find the remote Sea Rim State Park in Port Arthur Texas. Sea Rim has 5 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline but the 4,000 acres of marsh has nearly 10 miles of kayaking trails. Along the easiest trail we saw a couple of small alligators. The water depth is very shallow and we even got stuck in the first pond turnaround spot.

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kayaking at Sea Rim State Park in Port Arthur, Texas

Later, we encountered (from afar) a gator sunning across a boardwalk hiking trail. We turned around. Good time to grab some lunch at one of the fun places to eat in Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Texas Resources: website | Facebook | Twitter

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Seeing dolphins playing in the water in front of us while putting on our life jackets let us know this would be a fun kayaking trip. WildNative Tours guided us around the Bon Secour river and Oyster Bay in Gulf Shores, Alabama. We did not see dolphins while kayaking but our guide showed us hidden estuaries, taught us local history and nature lessons, and we got close to pelicans and other sea birds.

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kayaking in Bon Secour river, Gulf Shore, Alabama

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Charlotte, North Carolina

Not only can you kayak at the U.S. National Whitewater Center but you can also whitewater raft, ride zip lines, traverse ropes courses, mountain bike, hike, rock climb, and more. A single day activity pass is only $59, providing access to all of those activities. That is such an incredible deal! Because of the consistent Class III whitewater, USNWC states “kayakers should be able to perform a reliable combat roll.

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kayaking at USNWC in Charlotte,NC. Photo by Julie of

After working and playing hard, satisfy your hunger at these places to eat in Charlotte.

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Amelia Island, Florida

Staying at relaxed luxury resorts is not the only thing to do in Amelia Island Florida. Kayaking through gorgeous, natural, old Florida in Lofton Creek with Amelia Island Kayak Excursions is a lovely mild adventure. This is the kind of highway traffic I love to see on road trips!

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kayaking on Lofton Creek, Amelia Island, Florida

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Do you have suggestions for other places to kayak in US?

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19 Responses to “Fun Places to Kayak in US”

  1. alison abbott May 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm #

    I’m a big fan of kayaking and would love to have the opportunity to try it at Amelia Island. The Charles River in Boston is one to add to the list. When the weather is warm it’s a gorgeous spot!

  2. Kristin Henning May 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    I love kayaking, and this list is great. Of course it would be even better with some secret river and lake places to add to the list:) I’m biased. Have you kayaked each of these places?

  3. Marilyn Jones May 18, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    I’ve never kayaked, but your photos and descriptions certainly tell me I should start…such a great way to see the sites in a peaceful way!

  4. noel morata May 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm #

    Great choices, there’s plenty of options in Hawaii in all the islands here too.

  5. RobRob @TravelLatte(.net) May 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm #

    Two of our favorite places to Kayak are out west on the Colorado River: Lake Havasu & Lake Powell. The scenery is amazing, and you really get peace and solitude in the more remote sections. Just take plenty of sunscreen. 😉

  6. Doreen Pendgracs May 15, 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Wonderful shots, Charles! I would certainly pick the wild outdoors vs the crowded pool environ.

  7. Jessica May 12, 2017 at 1:37 pm #

    Great list but wait!!! You didn’t add DC! Ok the Potomac is a little nasty but it’s still fun to kayak with a view of the monuments!

  8. Travel Through Life May 12, 2017 at 9:15 am #

    Great post and topic! I’ve only been kayaking once with my wife and in-laws but had an awesome time on the Lehigh River in PA. My father-in-law would probably have tons of suggestions in that area but the Lehigh is good for beginners like me. My cousin also raves about rivers in SC but I don’t know any specific places off hand. Thanks for sharing this, Charles!


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