If there is one outdoor tour you do in Florida – it MUST be this one! Join us at the historic Silver Springs to start a monkey tour through paradise that leads into the Silver River. You will see more wildlife in nature on this tour than on any other tour – including wild monkeys. This crystal clear, aquamarine waterway and surrounding jungle paradise were the locations for the original Tarzan movie. It is also the home of Eco-Tourism in the USA. This spring opened to tourists in 1878 with the first glass bottom boats. Today, it is a Florida State Park with protected wildlife and waterways that we can all enjoy in its natural splendor.
Be prepared to take lots of photos as iridescent blue fish swim past your kayak, as you spot turtles and alligators sunning themselves on river logs, as a variety of exotic birds fly by, and as you hear the chatter of the Rhesus monkeys in the trees above.
Your tour also includes admission to Silver Springs Visitor Center, the original Florida tourist attraction. See the historical museum, display of famous films and shows that used Silver Springs as a backdrop (including The Crocodile Hunter with Steve Irwin), and the nature museum if more information about Florida wildlife.
“I grew up in Florida, surrounded by its wildlife, but I have never seen more natural beauty or more animals anywhere in Florida than on the Silver River. This is my favorite trip!” – Sandra BK, co-owner.
Duration: All day (paddle time around 4 hours)
Price: $98 per person
Includes: Hotel pick-up/drop-off (Disney and I-Drive Area), kayak, pfd, guides, fun and lunch.
Age range: 8+ . We offer double kayak for children who are under 10 years old. Please request ahead of time for double kayaks.
What You Should Bring: Sunblock, insect repellant, sunglasses, and water bottle
We will pick-up from your hotel lobby.
More about the Silver River Eco Kayaking Monkey Tour
This spring fed river is so clear that you will have a feast for your eyes both underneath the water, and also along the banks of the river where there is tropical plants and wildlife in abundance. The wildlife on this trips includes: Rhesus monkeys, alligators, turtles, river otters, black bears, owls, egrets, storks and anhinga.
The history of this river and spring dates back to the 1800’s when after the Civil War, veterans from the north came to Florida for the healing environment of the tropical air and artesian waters. The glass bottom boats created in 1878 to view the underwater life of the springs was the first eco-tourist attraction in the USA. Some 150 years later, Silver Springs is still teeming with natural wonders.
During the 1950’s the springs were the set of numerous underwater television and films sets including Tarzan, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and even an episode of Steve Irwin’s “Crocodile Hunter.” The American alligator is indeed the cousin of the crocodile, and one of the last living relatives of the dinosaurs. You will see them lazing by the river with their turtle friends.
On this tour, we start at the enchanting spring and paddle down a kayak trail for about 1 mile until we reach the Silver River. From there, we head down stream 4 miles, through one of the world’s most beautiful waterways. Your guide will tell you the history of the region, point out native plants, invasive species, and of course, monkeys! Get to know the “real” Florida, on this majestic eco-tour down the Silver River.
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