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Visiting Rainbow Springs and Silver Springs in One Day Adventure

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Prepare for an unforgettable one day adventure between two of Florida’s most captivating crystal-clear springs – Rainbow Springs and Silver Springs. Nestled in the heart of the Sunshine State, these parks not only offer the crystal clear springs, but also  the history, the abundant wildlife, lush landscapes, swimming, hiking and walking trails; it is where a day of outdoor adventures awaits!  This blog will help guide you through a day of exploration, starting with the enchanting Rainbow Springs and seamlessly transitioning to the captivating Silver Springs. This adventure is sure to create lasting memories.


9:00 AM: Begin Your Rainbow Springs Adventure:

Set out on your kayaking adventure at 9 AM from KP Hole Park in Dunnellon, FL, exploring the mesmerizing Rainbow River through your clear kayak. As you paddle along into the spring-fed river, you will often see birds, fish, turtles and otters making an appearance. You will learn about the history and fun facts about the river, and even have a chance to get out and take a nature walk or swim through a beautiful canal.

Key Kayaking Highlights:

  • Start Time: 9:00 AM
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Guided tours offer insights into the park’s history and ecology.
  • Great photo opportunities and wildlife spotting thru clear kayaks


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11:15 AM: Discover Rainbow Springs State Park 

Following your tour, dive deeper into the wonders of Rainbow Springs State Park, just a short 10 min ride down the road. Take a leisurely stroll along the nature trails, breathe in the fresh air, and marvel at the diverse flora and fauna. The park offers opportunities for picnics, bird watching, swimming and relaxation by the spring’s edge. It is known for its stunning waterfalls, vibrant gardens, and a rich history dating back to the 1930s.

Quick Facts About the State Park:

  • Various recreational activities, including hiking and swimming
  • Was once an amusement park in the 1930’s
  • Abundant wildlife


12:30 PM: Lunch Recommendations

Recharge and refuel with a satisfying lunch right at the State Park at Rainbow Springs State Park Adventure cafe. A unique spot offering take out only with outdoor seating overlooking the springs or consider one of the nearby popular spots like Swampy’s Bar and Grille, for a scenic meal overlooking the river. Indulge in local flavors and prepare for the next leg of your adventure.


1:30 PM: Journey to Silver Springs State Parka group of people rowing a boat in the water

Hit the road towards Silver Springs State Park, an easy drive that typically takes around 45 minutes. As you travel from W Hwy 40 onto E Hwy 40, soak in the scenic beauty of Florida’s horse farms, countryside and the beautiful downtown Ocala. Once there, get ready for the wonders that await you at Silver Springs, only a few minutes down the road.


2:30 PM: Clear Kayaking Tour Begins with Get Up and Go Kayaking

Arrive at Silver Springs State Park and head towards Paddling Adventures where at 2:30 PM, you will begin your guided tour and launch into another realm of natural beauty. Known for its crystal-clear springs and the diverse aquatic life below and abundant wildlife above, you are in for a spectacular journey.  This tour is both educational and awe-inspiring, offering insights into the park’s ecosystem and history.

Quick Facts About the Tour:

  • Start Time: 2:30 PM
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Clear Kayak guided tours showcase the clarity of the springs.
  • Abundant fish, turtles, and even manatees and monkeys can be spotted during the tour.
  • Learn about the park’s history and the filming of classic movies in the area.


4:00 PM: Enjoy Your Time at Silver Springs State Parka body of water surrounded by trees

Conclude your adventure with some leisure time to explore Silver Springs State Park at your own pace. Engage in additional activities such as walking the many trails, checking out The Silver River Museum or simply sit back and relax along the Silver River shores to take in its serene beauty.

A day spent exploring both Rainbow Springs and Silver Springs is a true Florida adventure, weaving together the beauty of nature, history, and outdoor activities. Immerse yourself in the magic of crystal-clear springs, discover the rich ecosystems, and create cherished memories that will linger long after the sun sets on your extraordinary day in the heart of Florida.


We can’t wait to see you out on the water with us soon. Happy paddling!