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Discovery Kayak Tours

#1 of 2 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Ocala Features Animals
111 SE 21st Ter, Ocala, FL 34471-2550
+1 352-789-4959
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An Excellent outing on the water

Ryan and his staff are extremely knowledgeable regarding the geological and cultural history of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James S
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Ellicott City, Maryland
A "MUST DO" if you're in the Ocala area... DO NOT HESITATE!

Four of us had an absolutely PHENOMENAL time on the Silver River, thanks to Ryan and Discovery... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kimberly S
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We are a full service guide and Florida kayak tour and rental company, based in the Ocala, FL area. We pride ourselves on the best customer service and kayak experience available. We want to help you get out and experience a day like no other. So,come see the "Real Florida". Check our schedule on the website and make a reservation today! Hurry we fill up fast.
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“silver river” (17 reviews)
“life jackets” (2 reviews)
“spring fed” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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111 SE 21st Ter, Ocala, FL 34471-2550
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+1 352-789-4959
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ryan and his staff are extremely knowledgeable regarding the geological and cultural history of the waterways and the areas that surround them. When my GPS put me in the wrong place Ryan talked me to the right route.

Thank James S
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes you finally found us and it was a pleasure to have you paddle with us on the tour. Please feel free to join us anytime on a different tour.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us had an absolutely PHENOMENAL time on the Silver River, thanks to Ryan and Discovery Kayak Tours! Sososo thrilled with our experience from start to finish. The entire "process" - booking, transportation, instruction, etc - is uber professional and EASY. Ryan was on...More

Thank Kimberly S
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow! Thanks for the great feedback. We do try hard to give everyone a great experience. I am so glad it was a perfect day for you. I hope to see you again in the near future.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had planned a trip down the Silver River for my daughters 13th birthday. Unfortunately we had to reschedule several times due to illness and bad weather. However, each time Ryan with Discovery Kayak Tours was very understanding and helpful with our plans. We finally...More

Thank Denene W
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes you find all made it out on the river. It was a pleasure to finally meet you and your family. So glad you all had a great day. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even though we called on short notice, Ryan responded back quickly and was able to add us to a trip. We had a great time, he and our other guide were well prepared and great at explaining the history and local flora and fauna. The...More

Thank Linda G
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks guys for allowing us to give you such a great experience. So glad you had a great time. I look forward to paddling with you again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Three of us took the Silver River Trip and it was great. Ryan very efficiently checked us in, provided us with a map of the river, gave us a brief safety orientation, and got us in the water. We had two sit-in and one sit-on...More

Thank robnbett
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Glad you had a wonderful day on the river. Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a few hours on the Silver River this past Saturday with Discovery Kayak tours. Booking was easy; online, complete with payment. Staff were pleasant. They meet you at the headspring and unload the kayaks from their rig... But that is all. We had...More

Thank Tanaya L
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow. Sorry for your experience. We pride ourselves in giving the best service on the river. It was a very busy morning but that is no excuse. Each group should receive a map, directions and instructions, if needed, and rules of the river, etc. We...More

Reviewed 5 May 2017

I definitely recommend this company. They were first class! Very friendly and knowledgable. Delivered exactly what they said they would deliver in a kind, service minded way.

Thank Bill M
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you. We do try to deliver the best service, equipment and experience. Again, thanks for letting us know that we are doing that. And so happy that you all had a perfect day on the river. See you again soon.

Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

By far the best money we spent in Florida on vacation. Kayaking the springs was a total blast. Seen lots of wildlife and the views were beautiful. The owner is extremely nice and informative. The river is slow so it's perfect for relaxing. We rented...More

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Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2017

Thanks guys. So glad you had a great time and your kids were great too. Can't wait till next time! Have fun in Alaska.

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

So much wildlife including lots of wild monkeys! Beautiful and easy run even with a 7 yr old. Super nice staff!

Thank amyeli83
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2017

Thank you. Glad you had a great time. See you next time.

Reviewed 23 April 2017

My family planned a kayaking day at Silver Springs and rented 6 kayaks from Discovery Kayak Rentals. I made all plans via website/phone calls to Ryan who ran the rentals. It was a perfect decision choosing Discovery Kayak Rentals - the boats were sit-on-top, very...More

1  Thank Eddie R
Ryan T, Owner at Discovery Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you had a great time on the river. Yes the equipment matters, right? We do try to create a better experience for our customers. I hope to see you again soon.

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Lisa B
I am from Indiana and getting ready to move to Ocala. Do the monkeys and alligators have access to the water you are floating on?
17 February 2017|
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Response from Ryan T | Property representative |
Yes these animals live along the river. The monkeys are not native but have been living wild in the area since the 1930's. Alligators are a natural part of the FL landscape and are not a problem.
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Intuitivetouchsu
Is it a guided tour or do they just give you the kayaks, instruct you how to use them and then you're on your own?
11 July 2016|
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Response from Ryan T | Property representative |
We offer guides tours in many different locations and rentals. Rentals are by reservation and only available on the Silver River. There is also a shuttle provided.
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Rickie D
Haven't kayak before do you need a lesson
4 March 2016|
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Response from pegina16 | Reviewed this property |
Rickie D, No, one doesn't need a lesson. It's an individual decision/choice. If you are asking then you probably need to commit to a lesson. You will be way more comfortable and confident using the equipment. I highly... More
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