Harry Smith Outdoors | Explore Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Harry Smith Outdoors is a full service kayak and kayak accessory retail shop specializing in guided eco-tours and fishing trips. We also provide rentals, repairs, and installation.

Harry Smith Outdoors provides a level of passion and enthusiasm that is unmatched. We take great pride in providing customers the tools and expertise they need to have a memorable experience. Harry Smith Outdoors is committed to making sure your trip is as seamless as possible and by staying true to this creed, we not only have satisfied customers, but new found friendships. Join us!

  • Half-day, full-day and multi-day trips

  • Beginner and family friendly

  • Cypress swamps, spring-fed rivers, blackwater rivers & coastal trips

  • Fresh & saltwater species

  • Rivers, lakes and coastal waterways

  • Kayaks and gear provided

  • Fishing kayaks

  • Recreational kayaks

  • Touring kayaks

  • Canoes

  • Stand Up Paddleboards 

Meet our team

Harry Smith

Harry Smith | Owner & Guide

Harry is a Tallahassee native who grew up on the banks of Lake Talquin fishing, boating, hiking and camping. Those pastimes ignited a passion that carries on today. Now as a guide and ambassador for the state of Florida, Harry takes great joy in showing people the beauty that Tallahassee and the surrounding area has to offer.


Melissa Smith

Born and raised in Alaska, Melissa has lived in the Tallahassee area for six years. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with all the beauty that North Florida has to offer. Melissa finds solace in kayaking and hiking.


Billy Ocean, P.I.

Billy caught the addiction for kayaks and paddling in North Georgia, and these days enjoys taking longer overnight trips down the rivers and coastal paddling trails throughout the Southeast. He also is a fine artist specializing in pyrography and illustrations and finds a great deal of his artistic inspiration from the outdoors.

Client Testimonials

I contacted Harry for a kayak trip with our group of friends down the Wacissa, and it was awesome! The equipment and kayaks Harry uses are high quality, and having a professional guide to show us all of the unique and hidden springs along the river is priceless. The entire trip was beyond our expectations from the moment we hopped in the van! This is the best way to experience the great out door activities Tallahassee has to offer! Looking forward to our next trip! Thanks HSO!

-Jonathan Jopling

I don’t usually write reviews but felt compelled to write this one. Just returned from Florida on what was intended to be a photography trip and ended up being the experience of a lifetime. Hung out with Harry Smith on and off for 3 days kayaking and taking photos on the Wacissa and Wakulla rivers. Such beautiful and incredible places. Saw manatees, alligators and the Wacissa Springs where the river water transitions to perfectly clear with a blue hue. Have to mention, we’d also planned to kayak on the Gulf but as Harry had anticipated, it was much too windy and the water choppy. I was disappointed (safety first), but instead of rightfully cancelling completely, Harry drove the distance anyway to make sure that I at least made it to the area for the salt flat and grass photos that he knew I wanted. Very thoughtful and I appreciated it. So….if you’re considering going on an adventure like this, do it! If you haven’t considered it you should. If like me, by default, you head down to the beautiful Florida beaches. Have to say it’s definitely worth it to take a day of your trip and drive a little further down the road to get out with Harry and experience a uniquely different side of Florida. He’s a great guy, fun to hang out with and truly an expert guide. Whether you want to float or fish, Harry Smith, HSO is the real deal. I’ll definitely be returning.

-Tammie Rockhill

After many conversations with Harry on Instagram, we finally booked a trip with HSOutdoors. My husband and I are both fair-skinned, redheaded, tattoo-collecting individuals so we were hesitant to kayak during the summer months here. Harry assured us that there are shaded places to go. And sure enough, he expertly guided us down the most beautiful scenery on a river I could ever have dreamed of! We hike all over the panhandle but to experience a “trip back in time” from the vantage point of a kayak is unparalleled. Harry was (is!!) so much fun! He pointed out several natural features, magically maneuvered through a maze of rivers and offshoots, helped us get under AND over logs, pointed out the most intricate orb weaver webs both high and low; he kept us smiling the entire time! I cannot wait to go out again! We’re already thinking ahead of future trips and who we can invite to have our friends and family experience such a memorable adventure. Thank you so much Harry, you rock!

-Kris Peterson

HSOutdoors always delivers a great experience. On my most recent trip, Harry put us on some quality sea trout and reds. Everyone caught fish and many had personal bests. Whether you want a beautiful relaxing paddle or a memorable fishing trip, Harry’s knowledge and experience will get you where you want to be. Can’t wait to book another trip soon!

-Fletch Griffin

If you are in Tallahassee and you don’t get out on the water with Harry, you are making a HUGE mistake. He’s super friendly, very helpful, and exceedingly patient–which was good, as I was a rather fumbling almost-first-timer on the water. Even if kayaking isn’t your thing, it will be after a day with Harry. You can’t go wrong booking a tour. Stop thinking about it and do it. Do it now.

-Tracy Antonioli