Group of people lined up in colorful kayaks on the water.

About Us

Who We Are

We’re a full-service kayak and kayak accessory retail shop specializing in guided eco-tours and fishing trips. We also provide rental, repair and installation services. We take great pride in providing customers the tools and expertise they need to have a memorable experience. We’re 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.

What We Do

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Meet the Team

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 have to offer.

Melissa Smith

Partner

Born and raised in Alaska, Melissa grew up salmon fishing and exploring the last frontier. Now in Florida she’s found solace in the sunshine, white sand beaches and spring fed rivers. Melissa’s other passions include cat rescue where she is involved in fostering, TNR and community education.

Melissa Smith
Mike Cockman

Mike Cockman

Guide

Mike is an avid inshore-saltwater kayak angler. He’s been on the water fishing his entire life but discovered kayak fishing about five years ago and has been hooked ever since. He’s fished coastal waters ranging from North Carolina to Louisiana catching everything from tarpon to ladyfish. He decided to call North Florida home three years ago and has dedicated an immense amount of time to learning the waters of the Big Bend area. He is passionate about sight-fishing for trophy redfish, but enjoys all that our coastal waters have to offer. He will oftentimes be seen on the water with his six-year-old daughter chasing fish and spring-hopping our crystal clear waters.

Scott Pritchard

Guide

Scott is a passionate recreational kayaker, angler, and expedition paddler. He has led multiple trips exploring the Suwannee river, everglades, and many other Florida waterways. Four years ago he discovered the wild and scenic paddling of the panhandle and knew he had to share the experience with others to encourage people to get outdoors and reconnect with nature.

Scott Pritchard

Testimonials

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The entire trip was beyond our expectations from the moment we hopped in the van! This is the best way to experience the great outdoor activities Tallahassee has to offer! Looking forward to our next trip! Thanks HSO!

Jonathan Jopling
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Just returned from Florida on what was intended to be a photography trip and ended up being the experience of a lifetime... Whether you want to float or fish, Harry Smith, HSO is the real deal. I’ll definitely be returning.

Tammie Rockhill
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If you are in Tallahassee and you don’t get out on the water with Harry, you are making a HUGE mistake. 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

Testimonials

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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 outdoor activities Tallahassee has to offer! Looking forward to our next trip! Thanks HSO!

Jonathan Jopling
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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...Whether you want to float or fish, Harry Smith, HSO is the real deal. I’ll definitely be returning.

Tammie Rockhill
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We hike all over the panhandle but to experience a “trip back in time” from the vantage point of a kayak is unparalleled. Harry 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.

Kristin Bass-Petersen
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Harry Smith Outdoors 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
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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
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