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Silver Springs

Explore one of the largest artesian springs in the world!

2 Hours   |   1.5 Miles

Beginner & Family Friendly

Paddling the Silver River at Silver Springs State Park offers an unparalleled experience amidst the pristine, crystal-clear waters of this spring-fed river. As you embark on this kayak tour, you'll be mesmerized by the diverse wildlife that inhabits the river's banks and depths. From graceful birds soaring above to curious turtles, darting fish, and playful otters, each moment is filled with enchanting encounters with nature's inhabitants.


A highlight of the tour is the chance to witness rhesus monkeys and gentle manatees in their natural habitat. Our clear kayaks provide a unique vantage point, allowing you to observe these creatures as they swim beneath the water's surface, offering an up-close and personal glimpse into their lives.


Your adventure begins at the headspring, where the Silver River originates, setting the stage for an unforgettable journey downstream. As you paddle along the river's gentle currents, spanning approximately 0.75 miles, you'll be immersed in the tranquility of the surroundings. Upon reaching the Fort King paddle trail, you'll navigate your way back to the starting point, completing a loop that caters to all levels of experience and ensures enjoyment for the entire family.


Beyond its scenic beauty and recreational appeal, paddling the Silver River provides a profound connection with nature, offering valuable insights into the local ecosystem and its delicate balance. Whether you're a seasoned paddler or a novice adventurer, this excursion promises an enriching and unforgettable experience.


So why wait? Grab a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and embark on this captivating journey through the heart of Silver Springs State Park, where every paddle stroke brings you closer to the wonders of the natural world. Join us for an adventure that will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Snapshots from this tour!
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5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs, FL 34488

(Silver Springs State Park)

*About 1 hour and 30 minutes from Orlando*


Manatees: The park's crystal-clear spring waters often attract manatees, providing excellent opportunities to spot these gentle giants.

Monkeys: It is possible to spot wild monkeys hanging around the shoreline or in the trees! Ask us how the monkeys got here!

Birds: The park is a haven for birdwatchers, offering sightings of various bird species such as herons, egrets, ospreys, and kingfishers.

Fish: The spring-fed waters teem with a variety of fish, including bass, catfish, and sunfish.

Turtles: Different turtle species inhabit the area, and they can be seen basking on logs or swimming in the clear waters.

Otters: River otters are playful creatures that may be observed swimming and hunting for fish in the park's waterways.

Deer: White-tailed deer are occasionally spotted along the riverbanks, adding to the park's natural charm.

Raccoons: These curious creatures are known to forage along the water's edge.​

Alligators: While less common, it's possible to encounter alligators in and around the river, particularly in the quieter, more secluded sections.



• Paddle one of the world's largest artesian springs: The Silver River!

• Manatees & Monkeys!

• Observe an abundance of wildlife both above and below the water.

• Explore the history of the Fort King Paddle Trail and its abandoned film set. 



• Weight restrictions strictly enforced for guest safety and equipment integrity.
• Guests should be aware of Florida's heat; bring sufficient water and sun protection.
• Individuals with blood sugar issues should carry appropriate snacks or glucose supplements.
• All participants must have the physical ability to paddle for a minimum of 2 hours.

• Keep hydrated throughout the tour; drink water regularly.

*All Kayaks are Tandem. Any Parties with an odd number of guests will use a kayak as a solo to accommodate the additional guest*

November - February

March - October

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