Are you looking for the best places to kayak in Florida?

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Florida is one of the best tourist destinations in the US. It is blessed with beautiful sand beaches, palm trees and has a breathtaking landscape. Florida is mostly known for beaches and theme parks but there are some great places for kayakers as well. In this article we are going to be discussing just that. So, let’s get to the list.

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Ichetucknee Springs photo
Photo by WalterPro


Declared “the clearest water in the world” by Jacque Cousteau, at Ichetuckee Springs, you are going to find ice-cold, crystal clear waters running from fresh water springs and falling into Ichetucknee River. Ichetuckee, is one of the most famous kayaking places in Florida. Clear waters spanning over six miles, and scenic views of rock formations, wildlife and beautiful cypress trees make it both a spectacularand relaxed place to kayak. The river is seasonally opened for tubing and swimming but it remains open for kayaking throughout the year.

Rainbow River, Dunnellon

Rainbow River florida photo
Photo by systemslibrarian

This is the fourth largest spring in Florida. Kayakers will love the crystalline waters and abundant wildlife it has to offer. Cypress trees, limestone formations and stunning views of aquatic vegetation will blow your mind.

Weeki Wachee Springs, Weeki Wachee

Weeki Wachee Springs photo
Photo by mbarrison


Weeki Wachee Springs, with crystal clear water is another great place for kayakers. You can paddle for hours in clear waters and might even get a chance to see a manatee

Juniper Run, Ocala National Forest


Juniper Run is known for its narrow and winding waterways. For a nice and pleasant paddle, Juniper Run is a great place. Of Course. As with many other kayaking locations in Florida it has crystal-clear waters. It is also surrounded by palms, and cypress trees, which gives you a chance to spot diverse wildlife in the Ocala National Forest.

Wekiwa Springs, Apoka

Wekiwa Springs photo
Photo by kellyv

The natural beauty of Wekiwa Springs is impeccable and the only way to truly experience it is to paddle through it on a kayak. The centuries old trees and fields of lily pads, present a stunning view while you kayak your way through Wekiwa Springs.

Sante Fe River


Sante Fe River has clear waters and provides you with many opportunities to spot diverse wildlife. One of the cool things to do at Sante Fe River is to go for a “full moon paddle”, which they host once a month and is really awesome.

Silver Springs State Park, Silver Springs

If you love kayaking and wildlife, then you cannot get a better place than Silver Springs State Park. While paddling here, you will get to see a variety of tropical birds, alligators, turtles, monkeys and deer.

Cedar Key

Cedar Key photo
Photo by TimothyJ

Cedar key is one of the most secluded paddling spots in Florida. From beautiful landscapes to saltwater marches, Cedar key has it all.

Little Manatee River, Wimauma


Little Manatee River, a great place for kayakers who are looking for peace and quiet. It is a designated “outstanding Floria water” area. So, come here and enjoy a pleasant and peaceful session of kayaking.

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