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“Nice boatride”

Silver Springs River
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Ocala
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed March 13, 2014

Took the glass boat ride. Awesome scenery, both above and especially under water. Informative tour guide. Walked a little around the park and enjoyed it. The boat ride was surpricingly moderadely priced.

5  Thank GudjonG
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

I kayaked the springs twice on a recent trip to Central Florida. The scenery is amazing and I liken the experience to a theme park attraction. Paddling through the clear springs with turtles and fish (mullet perhaps) swimming underneath would make for an enjoyable trip on it's own but when you consider all the other wildlife and vegetation it is an outstanding adventure. The first day I paddled was cloudy and I only saw a couple of alligators mixed in with all the turtles, birds and occasional monkeys. But the second day I went out was cooler (low 60's) and sunny and there were many more alligators to watch. I took my Cannon on the 2nd trip and enjoyed taking photos.

4  Thank travig
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

The wildlife was incredible. We put our kayaks in at the park and made our way to Ray's Park (end of trip - approx. 5 1/4 miles). The current was strong enough to allow for a float trip if you do not wish to paddle. We saw several gators (3' to 9'). Turtles were everywhere as well as cranes, ibis, cormorants and other various birds. The most unusual inhabitants you will see are the Rhesus Monkeys. We saw several along the banks of the river. They appeared to be as fascinated with us as we were with them. This kayak trip will go down as one of our favorites in Florida.
It is helpful if you have two vehicles so you don't have to paddle against the current.

2  Thank CTLYankee
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

If you love being outdoors and kayaking/canoeing this is a must. Where else can you see alligators, cranes, ibis, turtles, and monkeys in the wild while kayaking in a clear river. Excellent for wildlife photography! Grab a kayak and go up and down the river all day and you will see tons of wildlife.

1  Thank Omahascuba
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Reviewed January 16, 2014

We put in our Kayaks at the Silver Springs Park ($4.00 ramp fee). The scenery is beautiful. We spotted a LOT of wildlife including snakes, gators, MANY types of birds (Limpkins, Wild Turkeys,Warblers and Night Herons just to name a few) and fish but best of all we came across a troop of the wild Rhesus Monkeys right along the bank of the river. We sat quietly , took pictures and watched them for about 30 minutes. The Monkeys were calm and accommodating. This Silver Springs River is also an EXCELLENT place for birding. The paddle is easy and if you don't feel like paddling back up the river to the park you can ferry some cars and take out a few miles down river. This was one of my favorite days while visiting Florida.

11  Thank snake59
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