Experience the wonder of bioluminescence on Florida’s Space Coast.
When to see it.
Seeing bioluminescence up close has been on my bucket list for a long time, and I’m hoping to make it happen before the end of the season this year. Florida’s peak “glowing” season is June through early October when parts of Florida’s East Coast beaches and brackish waterways light up with bioluminescence. It’s a chemical reaction that produces light from marine organisms like plankton, algae and jelly fish. Freshwater bioluminescence is very rare, but it does occur with land species like fireflies and even some mushrooms.
In Florida we are treated to naturally occurring bio-light shows from plankton in the warmer months. When the weather begins to cool down, jellyfish take center stage and begin to light up our waters.
How to see it: kayak tours.
For a vivid and up close view of the glow, kayak tours are highly recommended.
If you live in or are visiting Central Florida you are not far away from the bioluminescent action, which is mostly found on the Space Coast. Below I’ve listed a few companies that offer these special tours.
Tours are around two hours long and typically cost $40-$45 per person.
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Kayaking is not the only option to see the glow, check out Space Coast River Tours. They offer nighttime bioluminescent group tours on a pontoon boat. All you have to do is show up and sit back for the show.
See you by the light of the moon!
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