Get to know Jenny Wright of Epic Paddle Adventures (pictured) and learn how tourism benefits her small business — and the entire Orlando community.

Tourism powers Orlando — including small business owners throughout the destination. Epic Paddle Adventures co-founder Jenny Wright (previously Brown) shares how tourists and residents helped grow her business at a rate of 200% in a year. After viewing her story, read on to learn more about this immersive and unique attraction.

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Inside Epic Paddle Adventures

Launched about 6 years ago, Epic Paddle Adventures gives visitors and locals the chance to experience the true natural beauty of Orlando on daily clear kayak and paddleboard tours. All tours are beginner- and family-friendly — you can even bring your dog on many of their excursions.

“Our mission is to have every guest leave feeling like they have a new best friend and new favorite activity and leave here with memories that will last a lifetime,” says Wright.

Lake Ivanhoe clear kayaks at Epic Paddle Adventures
Clear Kayaks on Lake Ivanhoe in Orlando

She and her partner and co-founder, Richard Gallagher, also quickly learned they were a tourism-based company. “Because it’s so good here, we grew at a rate of like 200% a year, which is really crazy growth.”

Wright loves meeting people from all over the world through Epic Paddle Adventures. “Their mind is blown at how beautiful the waters are here,” she says.

“Visit Orlando has been a huge part of helping us bring tourists to us,” Wright adds. Just one of the many examples of tourism contributing tens of millions of dollars each month that supports local outdoor experiences, arts, sporting venues and more. See how else tourism helps you.