A kayak tour is a great way to discover Silver Springs State Park.
From its earliest days, Silver Springs was a commercial attraction. According to the company that used to operate The Silver Springs Nature and Theme Park, 800,000 people visited the attraction each year in the 1950’s. That was before Disney.
In around 1938, a tour boat operator decided to release monkeys to enhance his Jungle Cruise ride. Even though the Jungle Cruise ride is gone, the monkeys remain. On one kayak tour, we saw them in the trees.
We always take tours with Discovery Kayak Tours because they’re run by people who are native to the area. They’re familiar with the birds, the landscape and can point out the area where alligators and other interesting species have been spotted.
On one kayak tour, a manatee passed directly under our kayaks. On our last trip, we thought we heard tree limbs snapping. Instead, it was a huge alligator named Sampson lunching on a snapping turtle. Very kind staff people were located nearby to warn anyone with a weak stomach to turn their heads.
There are so many amazing attractions to visit in central Florida, but I definitely recommend this one. It was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971.
Silver Springs State Park is located in Ocala, Florida. It is home to one of the largest Artesian springs in the world. Silver Springs is often called the gateway to The Ocala National Forrest, the second largest most southern National Forrest east of the Mississippi.
To read our full story, with more information on Silver Springs State Park, and links to their website, and to Discovery Kayak Tours, read Kayaking at Silver Springs State Park.
If your interested in another kayaking story, and the importance of respecting the wildlife habitat, try A Raccoon Jumped in my Kayak.
To see the photos at full size, be sure to click on them, to open the light box!
That is the only way you can get a good view of the alligators, snakes, turtles and birds in their habitat.