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Whether you are a novice or expert paddler, Nature Lover, Birder or Photographer we have a kayak tour designed with you in mind. Central Florida is the gateway to the Ocala National Forest. As a premier outfitter with a 5 Star Excellent TripAdvisor rating we maintain a high quality standard for our customers. Exploring nature and the wildlife that thrives in the Ocala area is a great way to spend a day. Come discover Ocala's wildlife and take home memories that will last a lifetime!

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Silver River (Silver Springs)

Some twists and turns of this river can reach depths of over 25 ft and it’s so clear that you can see the Eel Grass swaying on the bottom. It's rimmed by state park and exceptionally scenic! Silver Springs creates the Silver River and it is the second largest spring in Florida. You will definitely hone your paddling skills going upstream but the trip back is a breeze! You’ll have a chance to see lots of wildlife; Otters, many of Florida's wading birds, Ospreys, Barred Owls, Raccoons, Wild Turkeys and maybe even a monkey or two. Just 15 minutes from the heart of Ocala and close to The Villages, this is an absolutely beautiful 4-5 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: Must be In Good Shape or you will be when you’re done ;-)
Silver River I $94.00 (4-5 hours)

St. Johns River and Blue Springs  (Orange City)

This historic river was once the highway for commerce in Central Florida bringing goods to the area by paddle wheel boat. It is now a paradise for wildlife. As one of the few rivers that flows North, several springs and tributaries join in to create estuaries for fish of all kinds. As you paddle over the clear waters of Blue Springs, it's like kayaking in an aquarium. The Bald Eagles, Osprey, Herons, Wood Storks, Limpkins, Anhingas, Egrets, Cormorants, Alligators, Turtles, Garfish, Bass and many more species thrive here and call this place home. A little over an hour from Ocala this is a relaxing 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary
St Johns River I $64.00 (2-3 hours) Book Now
St Johns River II $94.00 (4-5 hours) Book Now

Manatee Kayaking Tours (Orange City)
Here during the Winter... this is a must do tour! Winter in Florida is such a magical time and the Manatee comes in to bask in the 72 degree waters of the springs. If you have never experienced this gentle creature, now is the time! Located a little over an hour from The Villages this is an incredible 2-3 or 4-5 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary
Winter Manatee I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
Winter Manatee II $94.00 (4-5 hours)
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Bold Blackwater Lake (Eustis)

Paddle through an enchanted blackwater forest to a beautiful lake rimmed with Cypress trees that are hundreds maybe even thousands of years old. These weathered trees tell many stories about the history of this land. Less than an hour from Ocala and The Villages this is a 2-3 hour treat.

Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Blackwater Lake I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
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Rock Springs Run (Apopka)

This river meanders through enchanted forests as well as wide open savannas. The water is crystal clear and home to many types of fish and wading birds. You'll also have a chance to see raccoon, bobcat, turtles and other wildlife. There are many places to stop and relax or if you choose to, go for a swim. As you paddle past the old Florida Cracker Houses and bump into the wild you realize this is a special 2-3 hour tour.

Level of Difficulty: Some Experience Necessary
Rock Springs Run I $64.00 (2-3 hours)
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Extreme Emerald Cut (Apopka)

Want a little excitement? We call this "Florida whitewater". This run takes you on some of Central Florida's fastest water. Paddle to the top and let the river shoot you through the gap back down to the bottom. This narrow run screams excitement to the experienced yaker. The longer 4-5 hour tour is an awesome combo of relaxing, slow water and exhilarating, fast water. It's an exceptional place to paddle.

Level of Difficulty: Previous Experience Necessary
Extreme Emerald Cut I $64.00 (2-3 hours) Book Now
Extreme Emerald Cut II $94.00 (4-5 hours) Book Now

Wekiva River (Sanford)

Three springs pour into this pristine river. The Great Egret, American Bittern, Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron, as well as many other Herons and waterfowl flourish on this river. The Ivory-billed Woodpecker at one time called this home. These shallow waters create a fantastic environment for many different species of plants, fish and other wildlife. Just over an hours drive, we are able to do a 2-3 hour tour or a 4-5 hour tour here.

Level of Difficulty: No Experience Necessary
Wekiva River I $64.00 (2-3 hours) Book Now
Wekiva River II $94.00 (4-5 hours) Book Now

All of the Ocala area guided kayak tours are booked by reservation & we offer trips for ages 5 and above.

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Kayaking is a relaxing way to just unwind, slow the pace a bit and enjoy some quality time together. Being close to Ocala makes these tours the perfect choice. Central Florida Nature Adventures, llc offers guided kayak eco tours on some of the Ocala areas most pristine waterways. Great for kids of all ages, we'll guide you through Nature's paradise! 
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks - John Muir

On the Wekiva...

The Red Maples are all a flame with their reds and oranges of Fall, purple and white Climbing Astor a bloom and the river is running crystal clear. The Eel Grass swaying in the current is an amazing sight. The Little Blue Heron was the bird of the day; we must have seen a dozen of them. There were lots of Turtles out sunning and we got to see a nice size Alligator or two. Great Blue and Green Herons, Anhingas, White Ibis, Moorhens and Sandhill Cranes were all enjoying the river too. The weather is absolutely beautiful and we had a great time paddling the Wild and Scenic Wekiva River!

Kayaking the Dora Canal October 2016

Jason and Linda brought their kids out to paddle Dora Canal with us this morning and they took to it like ducks to water. Being the day after Hurricane Matthew there was very little boat traffic and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. There were lots of Anhingas out sunning, Great Blue Herons feeding, Kingfishers flying off in front of us and Woodpeckers tapping on the trees. The wind was still blowing in Lake Eustis so we tucked back into the canal and explored the back waters. It was a great morning for paddling the old Elfin River. 

Paige and Zach's Ocala Kayak Tour

The Silver River was full of life this morning. With hundreds of Turtles sunning on any fallen tree, the Otters made an appearance out looking for their breakfast and the Anhingas could be seen above and below the water. Many of the birds are molting now with little chance of flight so we keep our distance and they let us paddle on by. The Wood Ducks, Green Herons, Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored and Little Blue Herons blessed us with their presence. As well as the Wood Ducks, Limpkins, Prothonotary Warblers and the King Fishers have arrived. We got to see a few Gators here and there, the Moorhens were sporting their new chicks, the water was crystal clear and it was an Awesome Day!  

Family outing on the St Johns River

It was a beautiful morning on the St Johns River. Sirish brought his brother and the kids to see some of Central Florida’s wildlife. The Ospreys and Swallow-tailed Kites were soaring overhead, turtles were sunning on the logs and the Mullet were jumping. They say a jumping Mullet is a happy one! Up in the spring run where the water is crystal clear we could see Longnose Gar, Tilapia, Catfish and Bass just below our kayaks. After our lunch stop we drifted back on the slow northern flow for which the St Johns is famous. It was a great day with a great group to share it. 

Kayaking the Silver River

Cormorant perched on a stump

Cormorant's Greeeeeen Eye

The River is dressed in pretty Spring Flowers

Blue Flag Iris

Spider Lily

Chillin' on the Silver River

Gliding Along

The Rhesus Macaque Monkeys are out playing

Sunning Brown Water Snake


Grins are good

Big Brown Water Snake out sunning

Silver River Monkeys



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