Kayaking Silver Springs State Park is truly an amazing Florida kayak tour. Sit back and enjoy our informative and slow paced wildlife kayak tour, with possible sightings of manatees, wild monkeys, alligators, and beautiful water birds. 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.
Walk around and enjoy the park and concession after your tour. Prices include state park entrance fees. We offer this tour Mon, Wed, & Sat. by reservation .
We offer solo and tandem kayaks for this adventure. This is a slow paced beginner kayak tour. 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.
Public Group Tour Time:Mon, Wed, & Sat at 9:30 a.m.. (To beat the crowd)
Public Tour Price: Price $60.00 per person. Price includes - state park entrance fees, and kayak launch fees. Our guides 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. This tour is beginner friendly with a short basic kayaking tutorial before each tour. This is a public tour and we require a minimum of 6 people total to go out. If you have less than 6 people in your group, you may still reserve. If the minimum number of reservations is not met, you will be notified by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to your tour time, at which time you have the option to reschedule or a full refund.
What to Expect:
The tour begins at the canoe launch at the head spring. Your guide will outfit you a personal floatation 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 waterbirds, 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 tons pictures of you and your adventure for you to have and share
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.We will call you 24 hours prior to tour time to confirm.
Paddle Distance: About 2 miles miles.
Difficulty Factor: Easy. This is a slow paced paddle. Beginners welcome.
Duration: About 3 hours depending how long we stop to take pictures
What to Bring: Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet, hat, sunblock,any additional snacks or drinks. camera, change of clothes(in case your butt gets wet).We will supply bottled water.Reservations are non refundable without a 12 hour cancellation notice. Any and all cancellations by Kayak Florida due to weather or for any reason, the customer will receive a full refund of all charges. You will be notified by phone of weather updates and in the event of a cancellation of this tour.
Private Tour Price: $70.00 per person plus a 15% gratuity. 6 person minimum charge required. Kids under age 6 are welcome.. We offer solo and tandem kayaks for our private tours. Discounts for 12 or more people
Tours includes: Kayak instruction, kayak , PFD, paddle, dry bag, bottled water, and a UF certified naturalist guide equipped with a smartphone and a marine radio for emergencies and to keep track of any approaching weather, as well as a camera to capture lasting memories of your exhilarating experience. Walk around and enjoy the park and concessions after your tour. Prices include state park entrance fees and launch fees.
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.