Canoes, and kayaks and pontoons . . . oh my! If you want an adventure, the place to go is only a few minutes from our Silver Springs hotel. The Wilderness RV Resort does more than sell RV lots, they also have canoe rental, kayak rental, and pontoon boat rental. And the best part is, they are located right on the Ocklawaha and Silver Rivers.
If you rent one of their watercraft, you can travel up the Silver River, right into the heart of Silver Springs. Silver Springs is a famous natural spring around which has been built a theme park. The theme park was the setting for old black and white Tarzan movies in the 1950′s as well as being home to glass-bottom boats which allow viewing of the spring. As long as you stay in the waterways, you can venture into the spring and see the same fascinating natural wonder without paying the park’s admission fees.
Another reason to venture up to the Silver River are the always amusing monkeys. There are three distinct pods of wild monkeys that live along the river. It is not uncommon to see several of the monkeys watching from the shore as you paddle toward the springs. In addition to the Silver Springs attraction and the monkeys, the stunningly beautiful rivers offer exquisite birding, views of the flora of Central Florida’s river habitats, and a peaceful respite from the business of everyday life.
Rental Rates at Wilderness RV:
Kayak – $30 per day plus tax
Canoe – $40 per day plus tax
Pontoons – Call 352.625.1911 for details
The office is open for rentals from 9am-5pm so plan your day accordingly!
By Becky Schaff