Reservations – 904-315-8442
Join us for an amazing Silver Springs kayak tour in Silver Springs State Park Ocala. Silver Springs is one of the finest pictorial kayak tours in Florida. Silver Springs is home to abundant Florida wildlife, including fabulous marsh birds, alligators and wild Rhesus Monkeys. Our kayak tour is slow paced, beginner friendly and informative. Silver Springs has a rich history of famous visitors and several hollywood movies were filmed here including, Tarzan, Sea Hunt and the creature from the Black Lagoon. The springs pumps out 550 million gallons of crystal clear water every day into the beautiful Silver River. Your local Florida native and University of Florida master naturalist guide will intrigue you, with the exciting history and all the local critters, as you involve yourself in the natural wonder of this Florida treasure. Your guide will also take pictures of your exciting experience for you to keep and share. So come on! Renew, Rejuvenate and Relax with a exhilarating and informative Silver Springs kayak tour today!
What to Expect: We offer this exuberant experience as a kayak or paddleboard tour, or both. The tour begins at the kayak launch at the head spring at Silver Springs State Park located at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs Fl 34488 Silver springs is about about a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Orlando and St Augustine.Your guide will outfit you with all the necessary gear, and a short paddle and safety clinic/instruction. After the clinic, we will help you, one by one on the water, and begin our paddle, meandering down the Fort King canoe trail. On this voyage, historical scenes and past exhibits of Silver Springs past are still standing, including replicas of a seminole village, 1830 fort king army stockade, and a pioneer (Cracker House) 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 the history is rich. Possible wildlife sightings may include, turtles, alligators, several different species of water birds, deer, otters, and monkeys just to name a few.
Prices below include State Park entrance fee. Walk around and enjoy the park and concessions after your tour.
Tour Location: Silver Springs State Park, Located at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs Fl. 34488 See google maps below.
Paddle Distance: About 2 miles. Difficulty factor – Easy to moderate. Beginner friendly!
Duration: About 3 hours No hurries, No worries.
What to Bring: Wet shoes or shoes that can get wet, hat, sunblock, bug spray, camera and change of clothes. (just in case your butt gets wet) We will supply 1 bottle of water per person.
Public Group Tour Time: Winter Hours (December thru March) Mondays,Wednesdays & Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. We require a minimum of at least 4 people for our group tour to go. Have less than 4 people? You may still RSVP for the tour and we will contact you 24 hours in advance to confirm and for updates for the tour.
Public Tour Price : $65.00 per person. Prices include $4.00 launch fee, $2.00 state park entrance fee, instruction clinic, kayak, personal flotation device, paddle, water and a certified UF master naturalist first responder/CPR and first aid trained guide, who is equipped with a marine radio and a smart phone for emergencies and to keep track of any approaching weather. Your guide will also take lots of pictures of you and your amazing experience for you to have and cherish forever!
Private/Group Tours: We offer private tours. You pick the time. Please call 904-315-8442 for additional private tour reservations/information and pricing.
Private/Group Tours Price: $80.00 per person. 4 person minimum charge required. Discounts for 10 or more.
Tour includes: Short instruction clinic, kayak, PFD, paddle, dry bag, bottled water, $2.00 entrance fee, $4.00 launch fee, and a UF Naturalist guide equipped with a camera to capture your lasting memories We offer solo and tandem kayaks for this adventure. This is a beginner & family friendly kayak tour. Kids 5-15 years old must ride with an adult in a tandem kayak. Sorry, because of the distance and safety…no kids under 5 years old. We also offer paddleboards this tour for experienced paddleboarders only. Your guide will go over basic paddle instruction and safety before each tour.
Reservations must be made and prepaid 48 hours in advance and a 48 hour cancellation notice is required for a full refund.
As with all our tours, if this kayak tour is canceled by Kayak St Augustine due to weather or any reason. customer will receive a full refund.
We look forward to meeting you at Silver Springs!
Here is the address and a map for our meeting place.
Silver Springs Kayak Tours
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs Fl. 34488
From The Owner-
Kayak Silver Springs! The natural beauty and elegance along with the rich history make our Silver Springs kayak tour one of the best in the state. The abundant wildlife and pristine water make for a picture perfect kayak or paddleboard tour. Being a local Florida native, Silver Springs is and has always been a very special place for me. A place that I respect and cherish. The Silver Springs State Park is one of the few places in Florida that has feral Rhesus monkeys living along the shoreline. Contrary to many stories that the monkeys were escapees from one of several tarzan movies they filmed here, the real history is that monkeys were actually introduced to an Island in the park by Colonel Tooey in 1930’s. Colonel Tooey was a concessionaire that ran the jungle cruise boat tour. Colonel Tooey planned on using the monkeys for his jungle cruise attraction as one of the sites for tourists, calling it monkey Island. What he didn’t know is that the monkeys were excellent swimmers and soon swam away. They are wild in the park now and all throughout the Silver River and Ocklawaha River basin.
Artifacts and fossils of mastodon mammoths and paleo indians dating back approximately 9,840 years ago have been found in the Silver River. Native american tribes like the timaqua and the seminole indians once lived here along the River using it’s many natural resources for food and shelter. Silver Springs was a hot spot for tourism after the civil war. Silver Springs was the first Florida tourist attraction and became a registered National Natural Landmark in 1971. The state of Florida took over the privately owned attraction in October of 2013 and have made some major improvements. Our kayak tour touches base on the recognized history and even on some of the untold stories of times past, that is if we have time between talking about all the amazing local wildlife we see. To me…Silver Springs is a unique and captivating natural habitat and I am blessed and proud to explain, explore and bring awareness of the beauty and importance of this Florida Treasure.
Owner/Guide, Florida Native & UF Master Naturalist