The multitude of events is designed to appeal to serious kayakers, eco-tourists and novices.
“We like to think of it as a buffet,” said Betsy Clayton, Lee County’s Waterways Program Coordinator.
If you become overwhelmed at the possibilities, don’t panic. Just find the “Blueway Mobile,” and volunteers will help you form a plan.
The festival kicks off Friday with an opening party at The Prawnbroker Restaurant in Fort Myers and a sunset tour of Lover’s Key by kayak.
Saturday, has been dubbed the Great Outdoor Adventure Day at Lover’s Key Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event features children’s activities, mini-trips, on-water demos, guided walking tours and a geocaching session.
The fun continues at Bonita Springs RiverFest, from 2-8 p.m. at Riverside Park. RiverFest kicks off with kayak and canoe races and even includes a rubber duck challenge.
The following Saturday brings “Free Day at the Bay,” in honor of National Estuaries Day. Nov. 7 marks the festival’s end with an all-day party at The Nauti Mermaid in Cape Coral.
With so many scheduled events, there’s something for everyone to explore along the Great Calusa Blueway.
Check out the full schedule at www.calusabluewaypaddlingfestival.com.