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See the Monkeys

Spent time with my son paddling along the canal watching the monkey's in the trees, gators lying on... read more

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While my son and family were visiting we planned to go down the natural lazy river at Rainbow... read more

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Ocala, Florida
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Reviewed today

Spent time with my son paddling along the canal watching the monkey's in the trees, gators lying on dead logs. Cheap and fun for the family.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank RHORN1016
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While my son and family were visiting we planned to go down the natural lazy river at Rainbow Springs. But children have to be at least 6. Since 2 of their children were not of age we decided to take kayaks instead. We had a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank pammY8369OL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took my pontoon boat up river to the head springs. It was very nice. The monkeys were out in force that day.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Whandforth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 166darleneh
Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank coolrivercaptain
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank brodyj726
Reviewed 6 November 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 345shiannew
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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