Silver Springs

Kayaking At Silver Springs, Florida

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It was a beautiful day and we were headed out to somewhere new. Somewhere exciting. No little ones, just me and my husband alone in nature. We headed off to Silver Springs State Park for a kayaking adventure together. Florida has some of the most beautiful springs in the US filled with clear water and an abundance of life. Though Florida is known for being its beaches, resorts, and amusement parks, the life outdoors is just as nice.

silver springs state park florida

silver springs state park florida

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Have you ever woken up and just been surprised by something awesome that someone has planned for you? This was me. My husband woke up and told me he had a date planned out for us. He had decided to take us kayaking over at Silver Springs in Ocala, Florida. I was so tired that it took me a good minute to realize that we are going on a date. Those who are parents know that dates with your loved one doesn’t happen all too often. I think I was more surprised that he had planned everything. Like how sweet of him. Just the thought of us two, alone on a kayak, out in the water, without any kids for a few hours was awesome. The perfect and most relaxing date ever… and definitely well needed.
We headed out in the morning around 9am and arrived about an hour later. We went during a weekday so it wasn’t packed with tons of other tourists or kayakers. It was perfect. It felt like we had the whole spring to ourselves so we really had time to just talk amongst ourselves and be able to really bond. Definitely beats going out to a restaurant and dealing with waiters and neighboring tables. It was so peaceful and relaxing.
silver springs state park florida
silver springs state park florida


Silver Springs is like a loop. We decided to rent a tandem kayak (double) at the spring park and do the loop around the spring. It took us about two hours to do it and that was with constantly stopping to take pictures of all the beautiful animals and scenery. I think it’s pretty awesome that they have a good selection of kayaks for rent their and at a pretty decent price.  For more info on their kayak and canoe rentals click here.

Before we even started we were already seeing turtles and tons of fishes. I never thought I would see so much marine life at once at this spring but men was I wrong. We saw turtles sunbathing or playing around in the water… We even saw one pair of turtles mating. That was pretty funny. I caught them on candy camera too. They didn’t look to happy when I interrupted their fun time. We also saw several alligators. Yes!! Several of them!!! They were all tiny though and always swam away from us. My husband said that they are more scared of us then what we are of them. I must agree. We tried to get close enough to one to take a picture and the little guy hid behind a tree branch. Sadly we didn’t get lucky enough to see manatees this day but there are manatees here as well.
These two hours were so relaxing. It was exactly what Rob and I needed. Some alone time out in nature with no kids, just mother nature whispering her precious song to us as we drift through the spring. It was so beautiful.
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Silver Springs is not just a place to kayak but also a place to walk around and enjoy nature on foot. There’s also other things to do such as taking the glass boat out to the spring, going to the water park “Wild Waters,” have events such as weddings or receptions, camping, and hiking. The only thing you can’t do is swim at the spring cause of the alligator population which I am perfectly ok with. I am definitely planning to go back one day to explore the other activities of the park and try to enjoy it to its fullest. If you haven’t gone to Silver Springs yet, I highly recommend it. You won’t regret it.

UPDATE (January 2020): Wild Waters has closed.

Related Article: Ultimate List of Florida Springs


Silver Springs

5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Silver Springs, FL. 34488

silver springs state park florida


A few things I do recommend on bringing are:

  • Comfortable clothes – Remember that Florida is warm so dress to stay cool.
  • Shoes
  • A hat
  • Bug Repellent – I recommend using a deet free one such as this one.
  • Sunscreen lotion – I would recommend using a reef safe and all natural sunscreen such as Raw Elements. Use code TWM10 for 10% off.
  • Water to drink
  • Camera – I used my GoPro Hero 3 during this trip. Check out the new GoPro here. I would also recommend the dive filters to get a clearer picture underwater.
  • A change of clothes just in case
  • Snacks and a lunch.
  • A waterproof bag just in case.
  • and a towel.

Don’t forget your other valuables and personal items too such as wallet, phone, keys, etc.

Silver Springs


I really hope this guide is useful to you and that you can enjoy the beauty of Silver Springs on your next trip to Florida. Have you ever been to any of the Florida springs or even Silver Springs? What is your favorite spring to visit? We would love to hear your answers. Let us know in the comments below.

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Hi, I'm Jessica!

I am a wife and mother to three amazing kids. A coffee addict and wine lover. I also have a huge love for the mountains and the the ocean. Through my blog I hope to inspire families to spend more time outdoors. 


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