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Pensacola

Canoeing and Kayaking

The Pensacola Bay area is known as the "Canoe Capital of Florida," and the pure sand-bottom Blackwater River is a particularly nice place to paddle. You can rent canoes and kayaks from a number of local companies as well as from outfits on nearby Perdido Key, home to the picturesque Perdido Watershed.

Adventures Unlimited. This outfitter on Coldwater Creek rents light watercraft as well as campsites and cabins along the Coldwater and Blackwater rivers in the Blackwater State Forest. Though prime canoe season lasts roughly from March through mid-November, Adventures Unlimited rents year-round. Rte. 87, Pensacola, FL, 32570. 850/623–6197 or 800/239–6864. www.adventuresunlimited.com.

Blackwater Canoe Rental. Canoe and kayak rentals for exploring the Blackwater River are available from this outfitter northeast of Pensacola off Interstate 10 Exit 31. 6974 Deaton Bridge Rd., Milton, FL, 32570. 850/623–0235 or 800/967–6789. www.blackwatercanoe.com.

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