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Silver Springs: Clear Kayak Wildlife Adventure

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Eco Tour with 100 Clear Paddle Boards on the Silver River
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Wildlife fans—this one’s for you. Set off on a kayaking adventure along the beautiful Silver River with a guide to navigate and entertain you with commentary along the way. To help enhance your underwater visibility and increase the likelihood of spotting diverse wildlife you’ll travel in a clear kayak. As well as beautiful scenery, potential wildlife sightseeing include fish, manatees, monkeys, and various bird species.
  • Explore the Silver River with a guide on this kayak tour
  • No need to bring equipment with you: Clear kayaks are provided
  • Safe experience with life jackets included
  • Visit a place where monkeys and manatees have been spotted before

What's Included

  • 100% Clear Kayak
  • Life Jackets
  • Paddle
  • Dry Bag
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
  • Private transportation
  • Swimming

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488, USA

    Look for the huge "SILVER SPRINGS ENTRANCE" sign off Silver Springs Blvd. Enter the parking lot and head towards the far end of the lot to find the paddling area. Park wherever you'd like in the main lot and locate your guide near the information bulletin by the paddling entrance.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • ALL KAYAKS ARE TANDEM and have a total maximum weight capacity of 425lbs, no more than 250lbs per seat. WEIGHT LIMITS ARE STRICTLY ENFORCED for the safety of guests and equipment.
  • 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.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Featured review
Karen_J
Outstanding kayak tour with Josh! He is super knowledgeable about Silver Springs & the wildlife. Very easy paddling the double clear kayaks. Saw manatee, turtles, alligators, monkeys & birds! We enjoyed every minute on this tour & would highly recommend it!

Reviews

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Allie was great!
Mary_G, Apr 2024
This was a fabulous tour and Allie was amazing. She is knowledgeable and patient and we enjoyed a smaller group size. Thank you!
Relaxing and enjoyable adventure!
Rebecca_C, Apr 2024
Aly was such a knowledgeable guide and was super personable! We were super lucky to see a mum and bub manatee during the tour; so surreal! Overall we had a blast 😊
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Aly is the best tour guide! I'm glad that you had such a great time on the water with us! And thank you so so much for taking the time to leave us a review!
An enjoyable adventure
Errol_A, Apr 2024
This was a wonderful, highly memorable experience and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative.
Response from Host, Apr 2024
Thank you for the 5 star review! We appreciate you visiting us and experiencing wild Florida with our crew!
Best day of our holiday
Dawn_H, Mar 2024
We had a fantastic time. Our guide Tania was great. She went above and beyond to show us the local wildlife, including a mother Manatee and her calf, various birds and 2 alligators, turtles and fish. She also took photos of our group. She was very knowledgeable giving us plenty of information and ensuring we did not disturb the wildlife. It was the best day of our holiday. Would recommend highly. Thanks Tania
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Tania is an incredible tour guide! Sounds like you guys got to see a ton of wildlife on the river! That's awesome! We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a great review and we hope you visit us again in the future!
Fun Silver Springs Kayak Tour with Josh
Karen_J, Mar 2024
Outstanding kayak tour with Josh! He is super knowledgeable about Silver Springs & the wildlife. Very easy paddling the double clear kayaks. Saw manatee, turtles, alligators, monkeys & birds! We enjoyed every minute on this tour & would highly recommend it!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
It was a pleasure getting to meet you guys and to share wild Florida with you! Thank you so much for coming out for a tour and for taking the time to leave us such an incredible review!
Fantastic
Doug_F, Mar 2024
Our guide was great!!!! Quick and very helpful. Easy to find and very helpful with our needs. It was our first time to kayak.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you for the five star review! Glad to hear you enjoyed your time out on the river with us!
Scam
Torben_M, Mar 2024
Operator never showed up and cannot be contacted. Neither be me nor by Viato. Spend a Full day including driving. Total scam
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Hello! We have very specific directions as to where and how to locate our meeting point before our tours. There is a kayaking area of the state park where multiple vendors operate from. I have a screenshot on my phone attempting to call you at 12:08pm for your tour at 12:30pm and everyone else on your tour made it to the location without an issue. Everyone else was able to find our meet up spot and enjoyed their time on the water. There's only so much we can do to contact our guests since this was a fully booked tour and I did not receive any missed calls. I'm sorry that you made the drive out to us but were unable to find us within the park. I wish things could have worked out differently for your experience. As you can see from all of our other reviews, we are not a scam and are a legitimate business. This is the first time that we've ever had a situation like this happen.
Fantastic!
Matthew_B, Mar 2024
Great tour! Had a blast with my fiancé! Aly was a great tour guide, would highly recommend! The nature was amazing!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for the great review and I'm stoked to hear that you and your fiance had such an awesome time hanging out with us on the river! Please visit us again!
Great tour!
Felecia_S, Mar 2024
This tour was great and the only reason I rated a four was it was advertised as kayaking with the manatees. We didn’t find out that the manatees were already gone from the area until after we arrived. That was our only disappointment. Silver Springs is beautiful and highly recommend if you have time. Our tour guide Tania was excellent and very knowledgeable about the spring and all the wildlife. It was a very relaxing day and my family enjoyed it.
Response from Host, Mar 2024
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review! We wish that there was a way to have manatees appear on every tour, but that's part of the magic with encountering these incredible and wild animals. We market our tours as a "Wildlife Adventure" and do our best to have our guides visit the spots along the river with the greatest chances to spot a variety of wildlife. Manatees in particular will migrate back out to the ocean and away from our areas once it starts getting warmer outside. Winter time is the best time to ensure the highest chance of spotting them in the wild. We would recommend visiting in January or February to have the best chance at seeing them in their natural habitat. The colder it is outside, the better your chances are!
Relaxing and comfortable
Eric_L, Mar 2024
Beautiful clear water, manatees, and alligators. Kayaks were very clear so you can take pics through the kayak. Very fun experience, however part of the river was closed because of construction of a new bridge so it took away some of the experience. Westher was perfect. Not too hot. Not too cold. Highly recommend. Our guide, Tania, was awedome!
Response from Host, Mar 2024
We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review about the experience you had on our tour! We wish there was a way to have you change your review to 5-stars since the construction of the state park has nothing to do with our tours. We have no influence in the decisions they make and we try to do our best to adapt to any/all situations. We do appreciate you joining us, but wish there was a way to improve upon the rating since there’s nothing else would could have done within our power.
We saw a momma manatee...
Joel_C, Feb 2024
We saw a momma manatee and baby, alligators, birds, and other wildlife… Alli was a good guide and showed off all the best spots
Response from Host, Feb 2024
The mama and baby manatee are the most adorable! Glad you got to meet them and visit with them on your tour! We appreciate you coming out and we hope to have you guys visit us again!
Spectacular
Laurie_R, Feb 2024
Tania was a fabulous guide! Silver Springs is a special place. So much to learn, and all while kayaking on crystal clear, fresh water.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for coming out on a tour with us! It was a pleasure having you and we hope you will visit us again!
Great kayak tour in Silver Springs!
Rick_S, Feb 2024
Great time with Tania on our kayaking tour. We saw manatees, alligators, turtles and many birds. The glass bottom kayaks were great because the water was so clear.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for joining us for a tour and for taking the time to leave us a review! We hope you guys will join us again in the future!
Bucket List Experience
Kelli_N, Feb 2024
It was peaceful and beautiful. We saw so many birds, alligators, turtles, unique fish, monkey's and of course the manatee's. We were fortunate that there were not a lot of people and we got the pleasure of a baby and mama. They are so beautiful. I loved the tour we were on. There were not a ton of us, by design of the tour company. They were respectful of the animals and gave them plenty of room. We are there to observe not intrude.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for the kind words and the review! It's definitely a magical experience when the river is less crowded! Glad you got to enjoy such a special time out on the river with us!
Wonderful kayaking trip
BrendaKaye_S, Feb 2024
This was a great experience! It was so pretty and we got to see a baby manatee. It was a nice easy trip, even for two in their 60s.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
I’m very pleased to hear that you guys had such a great time out on the river! The baby manatee is so adorable! You guys are very lucky to have been able to meet her! Thank you for joining us and we hope to have you guys come back to visit us again!
Fun, Fun, Fun!!!
Chris_B, Feb 2024
Amazing! Highly recommend! We had Aly as our tour guide, she was very knowledgeable, took pictures of us in Kayak….just wonderful!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Aly is one of the best tour guide on the river! She really knows her stuff! I’m glad you guys had such a great time and we can’t wait to have you guys visit again!
Tania was an amazing...
Sean_E, Feb 2024
Tania was an amazing guide and shared so much information and beauty with us! She mad e the whole experience memorable!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Tania is the best!! Thank you so much for coming out for a tour and I’m glad to hear that you guys enjoyed your time! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!
Very worthwhile!
Carlos_G, Feb 2024
Tania was a great guide. We saw lots of alligators. Also turtles. Beautiful setting. Would definitely recommend.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for joining us for a tour out at Silver Springs! I’m glad to hear you had such a fun time out on the river with Tania! She’s an incredible tour guide and really knows her stuff! Please do visit us again!
A perfect start to our Florida adventure...
Lauren_M, Feb 2024
My spouse and I kicked off our long weekend in FL with this tour and it was wonderful. The spring and the surrounding nature are beautiful, and our guide Aly was knowledgeable and worked hard to teach us about the ecosystem and the wildlife while also taking pictures for us! We got to see manatees, gators, and countless birds. Just a gorgeous experience, would definitely recommend and even do again!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Such an awesome way to kick off a long weekend! I'm glad to hear you had such a great time out on the river with Aly! Thank you for the kind words and taking the time to leave us a review!
Best way to view Florida’s wild life.
Bhanu_D, Jan 2024
We saw a lot of wildlife from the glass bottom kayaks but the best part was able to see the a full size alligator in the wild up really close. That was just awesome.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
YES!! The alligators are the best part of the tour for sure! Some people are not fond of them, but it's such an incredible experience to get to see them up close in the wild! I'm stoked to hear that you had such a great time out on your tour! Please do visit us again soon!
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