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Silver Springs kayaking is truly incredible! Get a chance to see wild monkeys, manatees, and so much more. Kayaking Florida offers kayak tours, and kayak rentals in Silver Springs State Park. Join us on the beautiful crystal-clear waters of the Silver River. Rent a kayak or paddle board, and explore on your own, or take a guided tour with one of our fabulous guides who knows where all the wildlife hang out. Join us and rest assured that our service, quality equipment, and attention to detail are second to none. If you’re visiting Orlando, you are a 90-minute road trip away from this Florida wildlife paradise. Make a day of it! Silver Springs offers several hiking trails, biking, great food, and even a very cool museum.

We offer kayak rentals with treasure maps for self-guided tours. Our equipment includes sit-in or sit-on-top solo kayaks, tandem kayaks, clear kayaks, or paddle boards which all come with a lesson for beginners, a dry bag to keep your belongings good, and dry, and a treasure map for the rentals.


So step outside, and join us for the best kayaking in the state!


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Excellent5.0 Based on 708 reviews from review us onTina BRÉDASTina BRÉDAS ★★★★★ Après un bel accueil et des explications très claires, nous avons parcouru la silver river. Une belle promenade de 2h avec un kayak transparent, idéal pour voir les poissons passer en dessous et les magnifiques fonds qui changent de couleurs en passant du vert au bleu et gris avec de magnifiques reflets argentés. Nous avons vu des lamantins, tortues, alligators et divers oiseaux. Un seul regret nous n’avons pas vu les singes.Je vous le recommande à 100%Chris AronsonChris Aronson ★★★★★ 10/10 Best outfitter we’ve had in Florida related to kayak rentals. Equipment was in top shape, staff was friendly, informative and made you feel like family. #goodvibesPY HePY He ★★★★★ Great place! We booked thru Kayaking Florida and Caroline is a wonderful instructor. Very friendly and patient, shared all the details about the route, the current, the good picture spots.Ewa HughesEwa Hughes ★★★★★ We loved our experience with Florida Kayaking team in Silver Springs. We got a clear kayak and it made for some beautiful views. The team made sure we got the map and directions, they provided a dry bag for our shoes and carried the kayak to the start point. The Springs are gorgeous and wild, lots of animals around, a very joyful couple of hours. We will absolutely do it again.Jessica BennettJessica Bennett ★★★★★ Jessica BennettJessica Bennett ★★★★★ Great tour!! The paddle was fun with lots of wild life. Pur tour guide Justin was awesome. Family of 3 with a 13 and 16 year old. We all enjoyed it.Response from the ownerThank you Jessica for taking the time to review us. So glad you enjoyed it. Melanie SmithMelanie Smith ★★★★★ Absolutely wonderful 2 hours! Staff was so friendly and helpful. They even gently guided us alongside a mother and baby manatee when we came upon them. So enjoyed our time on this beautiful river!Response from the ownerMelanie we are so glad you enjoyed the tour. We love our manatees. Ashley SavageAshley Savage ★★★★★ Great prices. Great kayaks. Super helpful employees. Renting and launching was such an easy process. We had a great time with 7 people at the springs. Such a beautiful area and we will def be back!Response from the ownerThank you Ashley for the great review. Look forward to seeing you again! Madison GummereMadison Gummere ★★★★★ My sister and I booked a trip with “Kayaking Florida” and had the most amazing time. Brad was awesome, and super communicative during the pre trip, and post trip. The views were awesome, and the experience was super smooth. Definitely recommendResponse from the ownerThank you Madison for the wonderful review. You guys come back! Jon SaundersJon Saunders ★★★★★ Great trip with Brad. Leant lots, saw lots of wildlife and had fun. Will do it all again next year.Response from the ownerJon thank you for the review. Looking forward to seeing you guys next. Year. Ayaiza FernandezAyaiza Fernandez ★★★★★ Awesome experience! We took the early 9:30am tour and it was perfect. Not too hot and not too many people. Also easy enough to paddle with many breaks. Kid friendly.Brad our guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about the area and animals living in it. He definitely made it interesting and helped you appreciate things more.Alan RicaldayAlan Ricalday ★★★★★ We had a great experience with our tour guide Justin! He made sure that we saw as much wildlife available during our tour. He was very friendly, knowledgeable & informative!p.s. “Justin’s better than Brad” 🤣Erik EsparzaErik Esparza ★★★★★ We are visiting from Tulsa OK and we asked some locals for a fun place to take our boys that was outdoorsy and adventurous that is not a tourist trap and not in Orlando. Silver Springs State Park was recommended for blue water kayaking. Being from out of town we hopped on Google and checked out Kayak rentals and Silver Springs Kayak popped up. We jumped over to their site where booking and payment was a snap. A few singles and a double for me and my 8 year old.Upon arrival we were greeted by a wonderful and patient staff who took the time to walk us through the basics and even teach our little one how to work his oar correctly.They helped us launch and guided us in when we came back. The entire experience was seamless. We will definitely be back next year and book rentals again through Silver Springs Kayak again. Highly Recommend for all around customer service, ease of online rental bookings, and quality kayaks. Have fun and don’t forget your sunscreen 🧴Andrea LundholmAndrea Lundholm ★★★★★ Brianna LundholmBrianna Lundholm ★★★★★ Kim Knarr SotoKim Knarr Soto ★★★★★ We had a great time. Our guide knew exactly where to look to find all kinds of wildlife and had some great facts about the parks history. We saw otters, monkeys, turtles, birds and of course gators.Jeanne Jacob (YaYa)Jeanne Jacob (YaYa) ★★★★★ Brad was amazing. Very informative and great with the kids. A wonderful person. The springs were just beautiful and peaceful. Great Day!!Viviana CastroViviana Castro ★★★★★ The tour was great , the place is amazing and wild, the tour guide was knowledgeable of the history, facts , vegetation and wild life, highly recommend!!!Tammy HubbardTammy Hubbard ★★★★★ The BEST - even though we got rained on a little, our guide was the best!! Justin shared his knowledge, answered questions, and kept us safe the entire trip! We will be back!!jasmine hubbardjasmine hubbard ★★★★★ Clear kayaking was such an incredible experience! The transparent kayaks allowed us to see the underwater world in a way that's just not possible with regular kayaks. The water was so clear, and we spotted all kinds of fish and so many turtles. Our tour guide, Justin, was exceptional. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the whole tour so much fun. He shared interesting facts about the local ecosystem and ensured everyone felt safe and comfortable. It was definitely a memorable adventure!Mark HartleyMark Hartley ★★★★★ Thank you Brad and also our guide Justin. My wife and daughter had never paddled a kayak before, but Justin made their experience comfortable and memorable. We were all able to enjoy a wonderful tour in such a unique place. So thankful we were able to come and many thanks to Justin for being so patient and friendly.Erika Reinikainen-RovinelliErika Reinikainen-Rovinelli ★★★★★ Lee-Amber KingLee-Amber King ★★★★★ We had a great time with Brad as our guide. We plan to do it again.Daniel HortonDaniel Horton ★★★★★ Went today for the 11am tour and it was a blast! It was busy on a Saturday as expected, but we were in the water quickly and efficiently. Our tour guide, Justin, made the tour worth it. I highly recommend getting a guided tour if this is your first time here. Justin was friendly, knowledgeable, and overall just a great person to get out there and paddle with.Booking online was made easy. And you will definitely get your money worth even if you don’t see any wildlife that day, but we saw manatees alligators and otters.Overall a fantastic experience two thumbs up!!👍 👍yan zhengyan zheng ★★★★★ The guide is very friendly and nice. She takes a lot nice pictures of my group and help us finding and show all the animals. It is very beautiful place.Cindy CCindy C ★★★★★ This was a great experience! It was meant as a side activity as we were passing through Orlando to key west but turned out to be one of the best parts of our trip. The swims were very refreshing. I wish I'd done the review right away so I could remember our guides name. She made the experience very enjoyable.Chassidy ChumleyChassidy Chumley ★★★★★ We had a great time! It was wonderful seeing all the wildlife in their natural habitat. Sassy, Justin, and Andrew were really knowledgeable of the Springs, wildlife, and history. They were ten of us total including two kids and several first time or somewhat new paddlers. It was an easy and great experience for first time kayakers.Dana BrannonDana Brannon ★★★★★ Justin rocks!! The whole experience from the prep to paddling to wildlife sighting to Justin’s knowledge of everything Silver Springs was superb. Highly recommendCandace BurdenCandace Burden ★★★★★ Our guides were sassy, Justin, and Andrew. They were informative and fun! It was like kayaking w friends even though we just met! Super fun!Candace BurdenCandace Burden ★★★★★ We went w kayaking Florida, our guides were sassy, Justin and Andrew. They were very informative and fun! She took pictures the whole time too and sends them to you at the end!Andrew AndresenAndrew Andresen ★★★★★ Best rental we’ve ever done! Brad did all the work, giving us maximum experience enjoyment and satisfaction. Everything was incredibly well organized. Just book it!Valerie kelleyValerie kelley ★★★★★ I had never kayaked before and quite frankly I was a bit nervous. Sassy gave very clear instructions and relieved my worry. Once on the water I found her to be very knowledgeable and funny. Loved the jokes Sassy. I learned alot about the wildlife in the area, saw some of natures creatures at their best. Great tour, highly recommend and like Sassy says " Be Good to Each Other"Lee GatesLee Gates ★★★★★ Sassy and Brad were awesome guides full of information they were more than willing to share. They made sure everyone got to see the wildlife and special sights along the way. The star was a 2 week old manatee and her Momma!Chriss GreenblattChriss Greenblatt ★★★★★ Had a great time on our kayaking tour 3/11/24 with Sassy and Sara! Beautiful morning on the water and soo much wildlife to be seen, land and water. I think we saw it all; monkey sitings, flying fish, alligators, turtles, manatee. Guides are super knowledgeable and fun. Check them out! We’d definitely use them againPrasad KalimuthuPrasad Kalimuthu ★★★★★ It’s fun to do kayaking in Silver springs and we are very glad we booked our private kayaking with Kayaking Florida. Our guide Sara and Brad are so informative and friendly. They made sure we enjoy the ride and see most of the wild life. It was fun watching Manatees so close. SARA and BRAD made it enjoyable for all of us!!!!! Thank you SARA and BRAD!!!!Maria DePasqualeMaria DePasquale ★★★★★ What a glorious adventure!I went alone and felt immediately welcomed and at ease. Sara & Brad were great tour guides, funny and kind. They clearly love and respect the springs and called our attention to notice things I would not have noticed on my own.We saw a manatee, one swam gracefully under my kayak!!! Also saw birds, ducks, alligators, and monkeys! And multiple deep fresh water springs.Lily LeavittLily Leavitt ★★★★★ A few weeks ago I had an AWESOME tour with Sara from Kayaking Florida! Sara was knowledgeable, friendly and fun to be with! And the tour was wonderful - we saw a ton of birds, fish, turtles, alligators, and best of all, a manatee! Plus it was amazing to see all this in a clear bottom kayak in crystal clear waters. I highly recommend this tour!!!Victoria TrifuVictoria Trifu ★★★★★ Kayaking Florida Silver Springs tour was a blast! Sassy was so funny and knowledgeable and showed us a great time! I can’t wait to do it again! Be good to each other!Melissa RankinMelissa Rankin ★★★★★ Sassy was AMAZING! I spoke with her the day before and she made sure we saw everything on our lost I couldn't ask for a better tour guide! 100% made my trip!TaylorTaylor ★★★★★ Just went here and the staff was very nice, polite and helpful. The service they provided was organized and I had a blast!Kiara RiveraKiara Rivera ★★★★★ Absolutely loved this tour. Staff were very nice friendly. Definitely recommend if you wanna get out with the family or just have a day in the sun. So many animals to see was even lucky enough to see 3 manatees, 2 alligators and so many turtles.Carla CarterCarla Carter ★★★★★ We had such a fun day with Sara. The entire staff is friendly and super helpful. The water is cool, clear and full of undisturbed wildlife. Our group was friendly and eager to explore. We learned so much about the springs and their popularity in Hollywood. I highly recommend trying this for yourself.Heather ... just Heather :)Heather ... just Heather :) ★★★★★ We had a wonderful sunset and bridges ride. Boat was so clean. And it was relaxing and beautiful.Jeffrey SchimmingJeffrey Schimming ★★★★★ Had a great time learning all about Silver Springs and the wildlife. Sassy was the best tour guide!Sandra LSandra L ★★★★★ We went on a glass bottom kayak tour of the silver springs with Sara and it was phenomenal! Sara pointed out a lot of really great spots, showed us all the wildlife we could dream of, and was really knowledgeable about the plants too. Best guide for the best day, thanks Sara!Jshwift84Jshwift84 ★★★★★ Had a great experience, I suggest you and your kayak partner practice your paddle coordination so you won’t stay behind, but overall amazing experience, I hope I get to see the monkeys and Manatees on my next trip… thank you Sara for the great tour and for having patience with us catching up. 🤭🤗.Janela98 DevoraJanela98 Devora ★★★★★ My Fiance and I, Florida natives, have never been on a kayaking tour in the silver springs! Today was absolutely amazing and our tour guide Sara made the experience even better! Clear kayaks were the cherry on top, didn’t miss a thing with the springs beautiful blue water!Abe RayAbe Ray ★★★★★ Though we didn’t get to see the monkeys or many manatees up close, we still had a blast! Saw a bunch of other wildlife. Sassy was an amazing tour guide! Very knowledgeable, interactive, and funny. I would highly recommend her and Kayaking Florida!Jim PedersonJim Pederson ★★★★★ Alwyn HutesonAlwyn Huteson ★★★★★ What can I say other than we had the best time. Roger our guide was so welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife. My wife was a little unsure of the kayak but he was reassuring and helpful. The spring is beautiful and full of wildlife; turtles, gators, monkeys, ibis, cranes and thankfully manatees. The water is so clear . Thanks Roger for a fantastic tour, you made our day!Annalisa RosarioAnnalisa Rosario ★★★★★ We had a phenomenal time. Roger was the best guide. He was funny and knowledgeable and got the group to sing happy birthday to my daughter.thanks for a tremendous time.Jess LudwigJess Ludwig ★★★★★ Roger was such a fun tour guide! Highly recommend!Amy WillisAmy Willis ★★★★★ To say that Greg & Roger went above and beyond to make our time there fabulous would be an understatement. This tour was such fun! The glass bottom kayaks were great! The water was spectacular and the company was even better! Thank you guys for a truly great experience!Summer MaySummer May ★★★★★ We had the best time!! Roger was so knowledgeable and chill, he really helped make the trip more enjoyable! We felt like we could have been out there all day. We saw manatees, alligators, snakes, turtles, birds, fish, and even MONKEYS. For sure worth the trip, money, and we will be back!Sophia ValdesSophia Valdes ★★★★★ My boyfriend and I did the clear kayak tour for his birthday. The view in the kayak was beautiful and Roger, our guide, was absolutely perfect. Friendly and informative. It was just us on the tour so we were able to really soak everything in. We didn’t get to see any monkey which is totally fine because Roger led us to all the other wildlife. Will definitely be recommending.Response from the ownerThank you Sophia for the great review. It is a beautiful place! Thanks so much for coming. Emily SteubenEmily Steuben ★★★★★ Roger was a great guide. Tour was smooth and easy. Scenery was beautiful. Highly recommendResponse from the ownerThanks so much Emily. Roger is a great guide. Glad you enjoyed it! Suzie CoxSuzie Cox ★★★★★ Roger was a GREAT guide. He was very personable and he interacted with everyone in our tour group. We had a great time and would choose him again if we come back to Silver Springs.Response from the ownerThank you Suzie. Looking forward to seeing you guys again. Raymund Martin SaguinRaymund Martin Saguin ★★★★★ Kayaking with Jeff was beyond amazing. He gave us really good insights about Silver Springs and was very knowledgeable about the area. Gave us ample time to explore and took a ton of amazing videos and pictures of us. 10/10 experience with them. Def must see when visiting Florida. 💯🛶🐊Response from the ownerThank you Raymond for the great review. It was a pleasure having you guys! Ewan and martha MitchellEwan and martha Mitchell ★★★★★ We had a really memorable and fabulous time at Silver Springs with our two kids in double kayaks - saw lots of wildlife including a manatee! Really smooth booking and organisation with friendly guides.Response from the ownerThank you guys for the great review. It was a pleasure having you! Jenny MulqueeneyJenny Mulqueeney ★★★★★ We had a great time, Eric was knowledgeable, friendly, and funny was able to keep the attention of a group of 11 of us that admittedly get easily distracted. Greg was super easy to work with in advance. Could not recommend highly enoughResponse from the ownerThank you so much Jenny for the great review. Y’all come back and see us next year 😎 Gary WhiteGary White ★★★★★ We had a wonderful experience and Eric was a helpful, knowledgeable guide. We had originally signed up for the Blue Springs tour but Kayaking Florida asked if we wanted to switch to Silver Springs to have better chances of seeing manatees. So glad for the recommendation, as we saw not only manatees but monkeys too. I would definitely go with them again.Response from the ownerThanks so much for the review Gary. It was a beautiful day! Sylvia LewandowskiSylvia Lewandowski ★★★★★ Our Guide Eric was GREATTTTTTT!!! We had a nice time....Response from the ownerThank you Sylvia. It was a pleasure having y’all. 😎 Kelsey & Drew WilliamsKelsey & Drew Williams ★★★★★ So much fun! Saw TONS of wildlife, and our guide -Eric- was AWESOME! Got to the park at 8:45 just before tour. Glad they plan it this way- when we left the park after our kayak tour and walk to the Spring, it was absolutely packed to get into the park and walk the boardwalk. Kayaking Florida knows how to plan for a quiet, still morning with wildlife - get in early and enjoy the calm! Great break from amusement parks.Response from the ownerFantastic! Thank you Kelsey! & Drew! Quite is the way we like it! Sondra KramerSondra Kramer ★★★★★ Loved it. Dolphins came up to my kayak!!Response from the ownerThank you Sondra for the great review! Hamid ZHamid Z ★★★★★ I went on my very first kayaking trip to Blue Springs with Kayak St Augustine. Greg and his two leading tour guides were excellent to deal with. I will be going back soon and recommend them to everyone interested.Response from the ownerThank you Hamid. It was a pleasure to have you. Nancy McKinneyNancy McKinney ★★★★★ Kayak Florida is the best kayak tour company out there. The equipment was well equipped and very clean and waiting on us when we arrived. Our tour was well planned out and very relaxing and, somehow as if on queue, the manatees showed up and put on a spectacular show. That came right up to our kayaks. The tour guide, Greg, has an abundance of knowledge about wildlife, the ecosystem and history of the area and always has a great story to tell. I would highly recommend this company and will be using them many more times in the future.Response from the ownerThanks so much Nancy! You guys were a lot of fun! Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Matthew ClarkMatthew Clark ★★★★★ Nikki McKinneyNikki McKinney ★★★★★ We had an Amazing Manatee tour at Blue Springs state Park with kayak Florida. We saw so many manatees, some coming right up to the kayaks. We saw an eagle, alligator and lots of other birds. Greg snd Matt were great guides. Soooo exciting! 5 stars!!!Response from the ownerThank you for the review Nikki! 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Magnificent Manatees & Monkeys!

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Manatee Tours! In the winter months November through February, the manatees migrate to the springs to stay warm. The water temperature in the spring stays 72 degrees year-round, so on the cold winter days, there will be numerous manatees in the spring. Manatees can not survive very long in waters colder than 68 degrees. During the spring and summer, there are resident manatees that live here. Getting out in the water early is always better to see tons of wildlife.

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Abundant Florida wildlife can all be seen here, including possible sightings of manatees, magnificent marsh birds, alligators, and wild rhesus macaque Monkeys. Silver Springs famous history includes Tarzan and several Hollywood movies that were filmed here. Silver Springs State Park is located at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd. Silver Springs Fl. 34488

It’s a Wild Life!

Kayaking Silver Springs is like traveling back in time. There is so much history to be seen and learned here. Silver Springs became very popular after the Civil War. The Silver Springs attraction began in the late 1870s and was the first tourist attraction in Florida. The Florida state park system took over the attraction in 2013. In 1971 the river was designated a natural national landmark. The park is over 5000 acres with an improved and widen kayaking launch , several hiking trails and bicycling areas as well as equestrian trails and a museum. Camping is by reservation only.

The raw beauty of the Silver River is unlike any other in Florida, and what better way to experience it, than with a kayaking tour. Wildlife is at almost every turn, and old props from attractions dating back to the 1930s,s are still standing along the beautiful Kings Trail which harbors a replica of Fort King, named after Colonel William King, commander of Florida’s fourth infantry and the first governor of the provisional West Florida region. The original Fort King located just a few miles down the road, was eventually turned into the court house for Ocala. A town was born!

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The mammoth spring of Silver Springs is a first-magnitude spring, which means that it pumps out a minimum of one hundred cubic feet per second. The springs watershed is roughly 1,700.square miles, or about 1 million acres. Silver Springs is the largest spring formation in the world, capable of pumping 500 million gallons of water a day. Hollywood movies and series relics can be seen throughout our kayak tours and kayak rental routes.

These are just a few of the fun facts that our kayaking tour touches base on. So come on, sit back and enjoy the natural wonder of Silver Springs with an amazing kayak tour or rental.

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The Monkeys of Silver Springs

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Monkey Business!

Silver Springs is one of the few places in Florida where Rhesus Macaque monkeys live wild along the shoreline. These monkeys were introduced by a concessionaire to highlight his very popular jungle cruise back in the mid 1930’s. They were put on an Island named Cypress Island, and the concessionaire was going to call it Monkey Island. What he did not know is the monkeys were excellent swimmers, and quickly swam away. They can now be seen throughout the park and the Ocklawaha river basin.

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Bring the Family

Our tours are beginner & family friendly. We offer full instruction for beginners and our guides are true professionals that will stay close until you get the hang of your new found adventure. Kids 4 years or older are welcome on our public tours and kids under 4 are welcome on our private tours. There is always so many critters to see, and we guarantee we will put big smiles on everyone’s face’s, especially the little ones.

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Silver Springs Manatees Fun facts!

Nickname – Sea Cow for obvious reasons.

◦ The manatees closest living relative is the elephant. Fossil records date the manatee back 45-50 million years.

◦ The word manatee came from a Caribbean word Manati meaning breast.

◦ Fossils show that they were amphibious creatures, with for legs about the size of a pig. Researchers say it looked like a cross between a hippo and an otter.

◦ The average length of the Fl manatee is 9-11.5 ft. The average weight is 450-1200 pounds.

◦ The average life span is 30 years according to the FWC

◦ Manatees are herbivores. They eat about 60 different plants. They can consume up to 10-15% of their body weight daily, and to accomplish this they graze about 7 hours a day.

Want to learn more about the Florida manatees? Visit our Kayaking Silver Springs Wildlife Page

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