Paddling the world's largest artesian spring!
Experience the beauty of Silver Springs State Park like never before with Ecoventure Tours!
Located about 1.5 hours from Tampa and Orlando, and just east of Ocala, Florida, Silver Springs is known for its crystal clear freshwater springs, diverse array of wildlife, and iconic glass bottom boats.
But our guided eco tour business offers something truly unique – the
chance to see everything that Silver Springs has to offer from the comfort of a clear kayak or paddle board. These vessels allow you to not only see the stunning sights above the water, but also catch a glimpse of the underwater world.
During your tour, you'll have the opportunity to spot a variety of birds, fish, turtles, and even monkeys, otters, manatees, and alligators. The Silver River is home to a small population of manatees year-round, but the number increases in the winter months (November through March) as migratory manatees seek out the warm 72 degree Fahrenheit spring water.
Silver Springs is one of 33 first magnitude springs in Florida, producing an average of 550 million gallons of freshwater per day. This makes it arguably the largest freshwater spring in the world.
In addition to exploring the natural beauty of the area, your tour guide will also discuss the various ecosystems and how they all play a role in the local ecology. You'll learn about the threats facing the freshwater springs and the steps we can take to protect these natural resources.
Your tour will also delve into the history of Silver Springs, including the impact of Hollywood movies in the 1950s and 1960s, the native American history of the
area, and the European settlers who colonized the United States.
Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see what wild Florida looks like up close. Join Ecoventure Tours for a guided kayak or paddle board tour of Silver Springs State Park.