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Virginia Key Outdoor Center VKOC
3801 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, Florida 33149
Discover why Miami is called the Magic City! Enjoy a spectacular night under the starts.
City lights glimmer as do the stars above the Miami Skyline, Port of Miami, and wrap up your evening with the shimmering night sky in the lagoon.
Lights are required for these paddles. No lights, no paddle, it's the law.
TIME & PLACE:
Meet at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center on Virginia Key at least an hour before the launch time in order for check-ins.
We will be returning in the dark, lights are required for this paddle. If you reserved through VKOC, lights are included in the reservations.
This paddle is suitable for beginners. The Lagoon has sheltered waters regardless of winds.
Final destination and route are subject to weather. The lagoon is always sheltered and the creek is calm. We'll paddle to Norris Cut and either the beach side or the port. Both are spectacular at night. It will be dark so please, stay together.
We'll make a stop on the water along the way from which we can enjoy the sights.
Absolutely. Bring something for the grill, a beverage and a dry change of clothes. Bring something to share and be prepared to chill with new and old friends. Dominoes, music, view the lovely night sky… If you drink you must drink responsibly. We do not sell or serve alcohol. Beer and wine are ok but you must bring your own. Hard liquor is not welcome.
Soft drinks, snacks, insect repellant, and lights are available from the park store.
Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Surf Skis are available for rent through Virginia Key Outdoor Center.
All Rentals include kayak/paddle board, paddle, life jacket, and light.
RESERVATIONS call Virginia Key Outdoor Center at 786.224.4777 or e-mail [email protected]
****Advanced Reservations Please*****
Virginia Key Outdoor Center
3801 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
From the mainland, head towards Key Biscayne on the Rickenbacker Causeway
Go past the toll plaza and the Powell Bridge (tall bridge)
Continue to the light at MAST Academy
Take your first left immediately after the MAST Academy Light
(there is NO light, just a turn lane)
Look for a brown and gold sign on the fence and Green gatehouse
Continue to gate and let them know you are here for the kayak and paddleboard trip
Continue towards the right fork of the road for approx 1.25 mi.
At the end of the road make a left and quick right
Follow signs to Virginia Key Outdoor Center on your left, lagoon is on your right
Please park in the VKOC parking lot.
WHAT TO BRING:
Your boat, your paddle, your PFD (which you will wear), lights for night paddling, drinks and snack food, bug spray is recommended just in case.
Don't forget your camera and cheerful disposition.
This paddle is operated by the Paddle House and Virginia Key Outdoor Center. We will stay together and share the evening. Each participant is responsible for his or her own equipment, safety, and enjoyment. Bring a friendly attitude and you are sure to enjoy the evening.
See you on the water!