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Very pretty and relaxing. Nice places to sit and watch. It’s very close to where we winter. Spring... read more

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Darlene H
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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A beautiful relaxing place

Beautiful pristine waters and plenty of wildlife as well!! Nothing but wilderness, peace and... read more

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Reviewed today via mobile

Very pretty and relaxing. Nice places to sit and watch. It’s very close to where we winter. Spring is the prettiest. Song birds everywhere.

Thank Darlene H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful pristine waters and plenty of wildlife as well!! Nothing but wilderness, peace and quiet! An opportunity to see Manatees, Monkeys, Alligators, tons of turtles, fish, a variety of birds, not to mention the crystal clear waters of the Silver River and amazing springs.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed Silver Springs,and also the river We reccommend both places to visit when you visit Ocala

Thank brodyj726
Reviewed 1 week ago

We actually put in recently at the Wayside Park and kayaked some of the Silver Springs River. We have rented kayaks at Silver Springs in the past and had a great experience. This current trip we kayaked upstream and was fortunate to see the monkeys!...More

Thank Cheryl M
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We took the 30 minute glass bottom boat trip and it was fun,informative and different,and well worth the money.

Thank mdnewman1
Reviewed 3 October 2018

We rented kayaks with a group and put in on the Silver River at Silver Springs State Park (it is actually in the parking area of the Silver Springs attraction). What a beautiful River. Lots of wildlife- birds, gators, and monkeys. We kayaked about 5...More

Thank halfdozn
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Tucked away in the little town of Dunnellon the rainbow river offers beautiful scenery and cool crystal clear waters that are a perfect70° year round. As you enjoy the river be advised that the Sherriff's office, Fish & Wildlife, and the local PD are very...More

Thank 345shiannew
Reviewed 24 September 2018

Paddled (paddleboard) the Silver River from Ray Wayside Park to headspring (Silver Springs) and back. Reported to be 10 miles but did not have gps. Very fast current (went swimming once). Water clear about 3/4 of the 5 miles upstream. Beautiful deep river without to...More

Thank seaseanc
Reviewed 14 September 2018

we bring our kayaks here at least once a month. seen alligators, river otters, turtles and lots of birds. if you don't paddle, can always take the glass bottom boat trip.

Thank chpkb
Reviewed 11 September 2018

Water clean and we were able to view manatees in the water. Shaded area, the trip by boat is about 3 hours, great way to spend the afternoon.

Thank Darik N
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14 April 2018|
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Response from KC H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the park was ADA compliant when state of Florida purchased it...glass bottom boats have ramp and IF handicapped staff at kayak launch will assist. I work with Tampa Bay ye mystic crew... Pegleg Pete charity serving kids... More
20 October 2017|
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Response from Jeff G | Reviewed this property |
You may rent single kayaks for $15 for the first hour, $20 for two hours, Full Day rental for $30. You do not need to be part of a tour or group.
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23 May 2016|
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Response from SusanRVer | Reviewed this property |
We did do the glass bottom boat tour and it was good. It gives you some knowledge of the area. We also kayaked but the tour gave you more insight on what you were looking at. The captain we had was very good and told some... More