Silver Springs Clear Kayak Tours, Kayak Rentals & Manatee Tours

Silver Springs Clear kayak Tours

Manatees of Silver Springs

Kayaking Silver Springs is an extraordinary kayak tour experience. Join us, and relish in the raw beauty of this crystal-clear river, and its wild residents. Manatees, monkeys, and so much more can be seen here. We offer manatee tours in clear kayaks, paddle boards, and high-quality sit-on-top kayaks for this manatee wildlife adventure in Silver Springs State Park. If you are staying in Orlando, Silver Springs is about an hour, and a half from downtown Orlando, and so very worth the drive. During the winter months, avoid the big crowds and boats at Crystal River, and enjoy a peaceful manatee kayak tour in this Florida treasure. Manatees and wild monkeys can be seen here year-round, although the cold winter days bring the manatees in the spring in larger numbers. Experience our clear kayaks, and discover the amazing underwater world of the Silver River.  Silver Springs is some of the best kayaking in Florida, with abundant wildlife, and rich old Florida history. The Silver Springs State Park is an excellent day trip from Orlando, and was the first tourist attraction in Florida, long before Walt Disney World. Silver Springs State Park offers so much to do, including kayaking, hiking, biking, camping, and a wonderful museum. Bring the family! We are beginner, and so family-friendly.

Kayak with manatees, monkeys, and more!

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Silver Springs Kayak Tours

Monkeys of Silver Springs!

Why use us? Our Florida native owner/operator has been operating tours on Silver River and many other Florida waterways for 18 years. He is a UF master naturalist and has dedicated his life to bringing awareness, and smiles to people's faces. We are not just an outfitter, we convey the power of nature, for happiness, healing, and peace to all who seek it. To us, paddling in nature is a lifestyle that brings the best guides, attention to detail, quality equipment, and excellent service. Paddle in Peace

Silver Springs Kayak Tours

We offer clear kayaks and high-quality sit-on kayaks for this tour. We also offer paddle boards for our tours with a full lesson if needed. Ages 4 + on our public tours only, All kids under 16 years old must ride in a tandem with an adult.

 (please see below for details of equipment)

Tour Time - We offer these kayaking tours daily at 9:30 & 12:30 These kayak tours are slow-paced and beginner-friendly. All our tours come with a paddle clinic going over the basics of kayaking. We offer full lessons for paddleboard beginners. 

State Park fees of $4.00 per kayak and $2.00 entrance fees. Please arrive 30 minutes early to pay these fees.

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Silver Springs Kayak Rentals

Bring the family! Silver Springs Clear Kayaking

All Tours Includes:

Tutorial kayak, paddle, PFD (life jacket), and dry bags. 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. Park fees are not included.

Please keep in mind that the wildlife of Silver Springs is exactly that. Wild! There are no guarantees to see it. This is not a zoo folks. It is thousands of acres of Florida wetland, and forest, with being said, you have the best chance of seeing Florida's amazing wildlife here than anywhere else in the state, especially the monkeys.    

Paddle location: 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs FL. 34488. See Google Maps below. Meet us at the kayak launch. You will receive a text the night before on where to meet us and, more detailed information. You will also receive a confirmation email when you book.  

Paddle Distance: About 2 miles.

Difficulty Factor: Easy. This is a slow-paced paddle. Beginners welcome.

Tour Duration:  2  hours depending on how long we stop to take pictures.

 

Silver Springs Kayak Rentals

When you rent kayaks at Silver Springs, there is a difference. All our kayaks are high quality, and clean, and our sit-on-top kayaks have integrated seats for lower back comfort. Our professional staff doesn't just push you off in the water. They will go over the basics of kayaking, and any additional facts or pointers you may require. They will also tell you the best way to interact with the local wildlife, stay safe, and get the most out of your self-guided tour that you can. All of our knowledgeable staff knows the river extremely well and can tell you the best places to encounter monkeys, manatees, and so much more. With the right instruction, the river is family, and beginner friendly, and safe. We will do all we can to ensure you will have the best time ever!

We offer 2-hour tandem clear kayaks, paddle boards, and quality solo, and tandem sit on top, kayak rentals at 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 & 12:30

Paddle Distance - 2 miles.

Difficulty Factor - Easy

Prices do not include - State Park fees of $4.00 per kayak and $2.00 entrance fees. Please arrive 30 minutes early to pay these fees.

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Information on our equipment

Silver Springs Clear Kayaking

Kayaking Silver Springs and the crystal clear water is absolutely beautiful, and what better way to explore the underwater life of the springs than with a clear kayak? If you have never been to Silver Springs in a clear kayak, you are in for the most exciting adventure of a lifetime. Simply breathtaking!

 

This information is for clear kayaks only. Please Read Carefully!

The maximum weight capacity for these clear tandem ( 2 people ) kayaks is 410 pounds. No one person can weigh over 225 pounds. These kayaks will not float you if you exceed the weight limit.  If you have someone over the weight limit in your group, no worries. We have an option for solo non-clear kayaks with a weight limit of 300 pounds. There are no refunds or rescheduling if you do not follow this manufacturer's guidelines.

No shoes (clear kayaks only) can be worn inside the kayak due to the scratches they cause. We will have a dry bag to store your shoes while in the kayak. Your feet will get wet entering and exiting the kayak. The spring is 72 degrees year-round and the water feels warm in the winter cold days. If you don’t want to get your feet wet, this kayak tour may not be for you. No metal objects, bags, backpacks, sunblock, or insect repellant. Sunblock & insect repellant stain the plastic and clarity of the kayaks. There are no bugs on the water here. Apply sunblock before your tour. We have these rules in place to assure that our crystal clear kayak will stay that way for all to enjoy, unlike some of the other companies.

What you can bring on your clear kayak tour or rental. - phone or camera, towels, plastic bottled water. We suggest bringing a towel to cover your feet if it's cold. Bring a change of clothes in your car in case your butt gets wet.

Silver Springs Kayaking

Manatees of Silver Springs

 

Imformation for - Sit on Top Kayaks & Paddle Board Tours

What to Bring: Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet(flip flops are fine), hat, sunblock, any additional snacks or drinks or water, camera, change of clothes (in case your butt gets wet) no coolers larger than a six-pack will be allowed on kayaks.

What to Expect: The tours begin at the canoe launch at the main entrance. Your guide will outfit you with 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, an 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 guide will take pictures of you and your adventure for you to have and share

Reservations are nonrefundable and/or there is no rescheduling without a 12-hour cancellation notice by email or text, 

For any cancellations by us due to weather or any reason, the customer will receive a full refund of all charges. You will be notified by email or text of any weather updates in the event of a cancellation of this tour.

We offer sit-on-top kayaks for all our 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 refunds or rescheduling. 

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As with all our tours and rentals, if we cancel due to weather or any reason, the customer will receive a full refund.

Kayaking Silver Springs

Making Memories! Silvcer Springs Kayak Tours

 

Florida Wildlife Commission Viewing Guide Line for the Florida Manatee

The Florida manatee is a threatened species and is protected by federal and state law. Please do not disturb or harass manatees. Harassment is defined as any activity that alters the animal's natural behavior. By altering the manatee's natural behavior, you may create the likelihood of danger that is bad for the animal and against the law.

Look, but don't touch. Please don't feed manatees or give them water. If manatees become accustomed to being around humans, it can alter their behavior in the wild, perhaps causing them to lose their natural fear of boats and people, which may make them more susceptible to injury or death. .
Do not pursue or chase a manatee.
Never poke, prod or stab a manatee with your hands, feet or any object.
If a manatee avoids you, do not chase the animal for a closer view.
Give manatees space to move. Avoid isolating or singling out an individual manatee from its group and do not separate a cow and her calf.
Keep hands and objects to yourself. Don't attempt to snag, hook, hold, grab, pinch, hit or ride a manatee.

 

Silver Springs Wildlife

Fun Facts

The Wild Rhesus Macaque Monkeys

The wild monkeys at Silver Springs were introduced in the park in the mid-1930s. Contrary to folklore that the monkeys were escapees from old Tarzan movies, the monkeys were released intentionally by a concessionaire by the name of Colonel Tooey, Colonal Toey released six monkeys on an Island in the park and was going to call it Monkey Island to promote his jungle cruise tour, what he didn't know was that the monkeys were excellent swimmers, and swam away from the Island.. The monkeys adapted very easily to the warm climate and feed on berries, plant leaves, and the occasional bug or two. They now thrive in the Silver Springs & Oklawaha River basin and wetlands. Kayaking in Silver Springs is one of the very few places in the state where you can see monkeys.

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Silver Springs Locals!

We look forward to meeting you at Silver Springs! Here is the address and a map for our meeting place.

Silver Springs Wild Life
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs Fl. 34488