Silver Springs Kayaking is truly an amazing experience! Join us and rent a kayak or paddle board and take a self guided tour, or go on one of our guided tours and enjoy one of the best kayaking tours in Florida. Sit back and enjoy our informative and slow paced guided kayaking tours, with possible sightings of manatees, wild monkeys, alligators, and beautiful water birds. Rent kayaks and paddle at your own pace, with plenty of time to absorb the natural beauty of the 2 mile beginner friendly stretch which we feel is the best part of the river. The main spring pumps out up to 550 million gallons of crystal clear water a day, and Silver Springs is said to be the largest artesian formation in the world. Silver Springs is the headwaters of the Silver River, the largest tributary on the Ocklawaha River. The silver river makes for a great pictorial kayak tour, with wildlife galore, including wild Rhesus Macaque Monkeys. Silver Springs has a interesting history of famous visitors and several Hollywood movies and series were filmed here including, Tarzan and Sea Hunt.
3 Hours Rentals start times 9:00 & 10:00 AM
Solo Kayaks - $50.00
Tandem Kayaks - $ 60.00
Paddle Boards - $ 50.00
Must be 18 years old to rent kayaks or be with someone that is.
Guided Public Tours -
$65.00 for solo/single kayaks / Ages 14 plus
$130.00 for tandem kayaks / Kids ages 6 - 13 must ride in a tandem with an adult
$65.00 for paddle boards / Kids 6 - 13 must ride on the board with a parent
Guided Private Tours - $ 80.00 per person 4 person minimum / Kids under six are allowed on our private tours.
Tour time - 9:30 A.M.
Tour location - Silver Springs State Park - Ocala
Public Tours - $65.00 per person Kids under 13 must ride with parent
Private Tours - $80.00 per person 4 person minimum
Skip the long line and allow us to pay the park fees for you! You can pay the park fees when you arrive or you will have the option when you check out for us to pay them for you and give you the receipt. Your receipt is good to get in the front gate and explore the rest of the park. There is usually a long line to pay the fees so if you opt not to have us pay them for you, then we suggest arriving at least 30 – 45 minutes early to be sure you get on the water on time.
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Our guides will amaze you with some fun facts of the incredible local, Florida wildlife of Silver Springs, and the areas amazing history. Your guide will also take pictures of your adventure, for you to share and cherish forever. Silver Springs is truly one of the best kayaking tours in Florida, and we love sharing it, and it shows. So step out, and allow nature to relax, rejuvenate and relinquish the mind, body and spirit, and join us for a Silver Springs kayak tour today!
We offer these kayaking tours daily at 9:30 a.m. We offer solo and tandem kayaks. These kayak tours are slow paced and beginner friendly. Kids ages 6 plus only on our public tours please. Kids under 6 are welcome on our private tours ( See Below) Kids 6-15 must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult.
State Park Fees Info: Skip the line and let us pay the fees for you. Prices does not include state park fees of $6.00 per person. There is usually a long line to pay the State Park Fees. You will have the option to pay them at check put and we will pay them for you to avoid the line. We will give you the receipt which will be your ticket to explore the concessions and the rest of the park after your tour
Private Tours Info: $80.00 per person 4 person minimum required. Kids under age 6 are welcome.. We offer solo, tandem kayaks and paddle boards for our private tours.
All tours and rentals includes kayak, paddle, PFD (life jacket) and dry bag. Our guides and staff are great, please don't forget them! Gratuity is not included in the price. Just let us know at the end of the tour if you would like to add a tip to your credit card.
Silver Springs is a about an hour and 30 minute drive from Orlando located in Ocala.
Paddle location: 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs Fl. 34488. See google maps below. Meet us at the kayak launch.
Paddle Distance: About 2 miles.
Difficulty Factor: Easy. This is a slow paced paddle. Beginners welcome.
Tour Duration: About 2 hours depending how long we stop to take pictures
What to Bring: Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet(flip fops are fine), hat, sunblock, any additional snacks or drinks or water, camera, change of clothes (in case your butt gets wet).
What to Expect: The tours begin at the canoe launch at the main entrance. Your guide will outfit you a personal flotation device, a paddle, and a short paddle and safety clinic. After the clinic, we will help you, one by one on the water, and begin our paddle, easing our way down the Fort King canoe trail. On this scenic trail, historical scenes and past exhibits of Silver Springs past are still standing, including replicas of a Seminole village, 1827 Fort King army stockade, and a pioneer homestead. We will continue our adventure around Ross Allen Island, named after the famous, herpetologist, naturalist, zoologist, and writer, who was based at Silver Springs. Wildlife is abundant and possible sightings may include, manatees, alligators, deer, several different species of water birds, otters, turtles, wild monkeys and much more.
This is a slow paced easy going kayak tour, stopping often to talk about the natural wonder and amazing history of the area. Your UF certified master naturalist guide will take pictures of you and your adventure for you to have and share
Reservations are non refundable and/or there is no rescheduling without a 12 hour cancellation notice.
Any and all cancellations by us due to weather or for any reason, the customer will receive a full refund of all charges. You will be notified by email or text of any weather updates and in the event of a cancellation of this tour.
We offer sit on top kayaks for all our rentals and tours. These kayaks are very stable and easy to get in and out of. They also have integrated back seats which are great for your back! We also provide super light carbon fiber paddles for your ease of paddling. All our guides are CPR and first aid certified. Our commitment to service, safety and fabulous fun... is second to none!
Reservations must be made and pre – paid 24 hours in advance. Reservations can be made online 7 days a week. A 12 hour cancellation notice is required for any and all refunds.
As with all our tours, if this kayak tour is canceled by Kayak Florida due to weather or any reason, the customer will receive a full refund.