Anderson's Outdoor Adventures Santa Fe River Park

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Anderson's Outdoor Adventures Santa Fe River Park

Anderson's Outdoor Adventures Santa Fe River Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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With on-site canoe,kayak,tube, and paddle board rentals Santa Fe River Park is a prime attraction in High Springs FL. A Gilchrist County park located on the scenic Santa Fe River in the heart of springs country is home to Anderson's Outdoor Adventures who offers full service canoes,kayaks,paddle boards, and tubes 365 days per year covering over 55 miles of river. This is a great place to take a river trip or guided tour!
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Liz D
Key West, FL215 contributions
Aug 2020
We chose Anderson's because they're located in Blue Springs State Park. We left from and then returned to the spring after a short canoe trip. Prices were reasonable and the young man who was working in the booth and taking care of the boats was very helpful. The boats and other equipment was in good repair and they provided everything you might need.
Written August 5, 2020
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Lynae D
Rogers, AR16 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
What a wonderful, enjoyable day kayaking the Santa Fe River with friends. Anderson's Outdoor Adventures provided the kayaks and drove us to the drop off point. A little over three hours later we were back at our cars...with memories galore of the various springs along the way. Thank you for a real experience.
Written January 29, 2022
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Deanna S
3 contributions
Jun 2021
Excellent, friendly service from AOA on the Santa Fe River. We went on a Thursday so no crowds. Quickly departed on the shuttle to Poe Springs, which I would recommend as a drop in. The tranquility on this part of the island was a favorite. We brought a seat cushion because we use one normally with our own kayaks and the seat is more for back support than comfort. Water was beautiful and refreshing to dip into. The current of the river made paddling effortless. The fact you finish where your car is waiting for you with AOA, no hassle of waiting to be picked up, clean roomy restrooms to change in before leaving, friendly staff to get your kayaks made this all a great experience.
Written June 18, 2021
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pasherry
United States992 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
Very easy to book equipment or shuttle service online. Cost is reasonable. We used the shuttle only and were pleased at the ease and no hassle service. Driver was friendly and answered all questions about the river. Nice restrooms at High Springs. Put in at Poe Springs and leisurely paddled on the Santa Fe River for about 3.5 hrs back to our vehicles.
Written January 30, 2022
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Lisa B
3 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
The entire trip was awesome! I totally recommend!!! Jay was the best..he explained everything and answered all my stupid questions. We rented 4 kayaks and had a blast visiting all of the springs. AOA made everything go smoothly THANK YOU!!!
Written September 28, 2020
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Sandi N
Panama City, FL32 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
Fantastic customer service at a great price. Friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend these people for a bucket list trip down the Santa Fe River! A must do experience.
Written October 28, 2020
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Edward G
Clearwater, FL20 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had a wonderful kayak trip down the beautiful Historic Suwanee River. Booked with AOAs, Charlie picked us up at our campsite at Fanning Springs, dropped us off at Hart Springs and gave us an in depth descriptive talk about the area and wildlife. He then loaded us up with all the safety equipment and instructed us on use and direction we should steer the Kayaks. After paddling all day and a great time we ended up at our campsite. Charlie then picked the kayaks up without any trouble at all. This was a great part of our trip to the Suwanee River and ANDERSON OUTDOOR ADVENTURES helped make it possible....THANKS Charlie.
Did I mention we never had to mess with the kayaks? Charlie did it all.
Written September 19, 2018
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CathySalustri
Gulfport, FL79 contributions
Jun 2022
1. Took several phone calls from two of our staff to secure reservation. We spent time on the phone when we did get through to Jay explaining that we had a group of seniors and we wanted an easy kayak for them.
2. When we needed to alter reservations, we received no return phone call.
3. When we arrived and asked for a change to the reservation we were told absolutely not. We pointed out that we called the number given to us to try and do this in advance, but were told that didn't change anything as we left a message when the outfitter wasn't open.
4. When we launched, no one explained safety gear, paddling procedures, that the kayaks had foot pedals, or where we would take out. When we asked for a map or chart, we were told to find one on our phones.
5. When kayaker had medical issue (heat exhaustion, accelerated heartbeat, and leg cramping), which manifested in the 1/4 mile before the spring run at at Gilchrist Springs, Deacon (the bright spot of the entire trip) tried to get someone to pick him up and was told we should switch his kayak and that no one would come get the person.
6. Deacon (again, the bright spot, perhaps put this kid in charge) tried, without success, to fix the broken seat for the kayaker in distress. He also showed him how to use the foot pedals to help keep the seat from sliding. He did offer to switch kayaks, putting the distressed kayaker in a tandem with one of the group leaders. He clearly wanted to do more and had empathy, but anything else was clearly above his pay grade. This brought the total of boats on the water down by one (which will come into play in a moment)
7. No one mentioned the rapids. Fairly mild for seasoned and competent kayakers, but for a group of seniors who stated they were seeking an easy paddle, a mention of this when Jay told us which would work would have been advisable.
8. When we reach the take-out, one of the men working commented that he thought the seat of the kayak in question (distressed kayaker) might have been broken when he set out the boats at the launch that morning. If so, why did no one attempt to remedy this at the time?
9. In response to this, I explained we had switched two kayakers to a tandem at Gilchrist, (at this point, the trip is over) to which he replied, "Oh, so that's why there's one less kayak coming back. I wondered about that." So... he noticed we were short a boat but didn't wonder or question as to what happened to the boat? What if someone had gone missing? Does this outfitter have any sort of safety protocols in place?
10. We called after roughly 30 minutes waiting to get picked up at the end of the run. That appears to be when someone send the van to get us, even though staff assured us when we took out of the river someone was already on the way.

We will not use any AOA services again.
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Written June 5, 2022
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danamc01
Branchville, SC616 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We chose Anderson's when we paddled the Santa Fe River. We started upstream and cam back down to the Blue Springs Park. The people were really nice nad accomodating. The equipment was not the best. I think it got lots of use. Many of the seats were broken or broke while on the paddle. Some of the boats also had small cracks and were missing plugs. We had 13 boats. We didn't see this till we launched. However, none of us sunk, so it was good. It is a nice paddle. Not the most scenic, we have done in Florida, but worth doing for sure.
Written April 30, 2019
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Dog girl
5 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
Anderson Outdoor Adventures will meet you at the highway 47 bridge and take you and your boat to the launch at highway 27. You finish and your vehicle is there! No waiting! AOA also can provide you with a canoe or a kayak. This portion of the river is amazing, thousands of turtles, wading birds, kingfishers, osprey, deer, lots of wildlife. Very few homes along this section of the river. If you paddle this is a must do trip. Even if you are not an experienced paddler, the trip is easy as the current does most of the work.
The very best part is the 12 or so springs along the way, which you can paddle up into!!!
Water temp in the springs 72 year round.
Written January 15, 2019
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