With an abundance of sunny days to be found in Florida, getting out to enjoy nature and take advantage of nice weather is certainly a favorite pastime. Are you looking for some new places to explore? Silver Springs State Park, a unique state park in Florida where you can rent a kayak and see the wildlife up close on Sliver River, is always worth a visit.

A few companies offer single and tandem kayaks, or canoes, for rent on Silver River within Silver Springs State Park. One such outfit is Discovery Kayak & SUP. For more rental options and activities at this unique, out-of-the-way park, visit the Silver Springs State Park website and Facebook Page.

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Unique State Parks in Florida

How many state parks are there in Florida?

There are 175 state parks in Florida. And as you can imagine, as The Sunshine State, you can enjoy them in relative comfort year-round. Silver Springs State Park, as you read above, it's just one of these amazing state parks that offer a wide array of amenities. A few others that you might consider are Little Manatee River State Park near Tampa, Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Fort White, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park in Palm Coast, Bulow Creek State Park in Ormond Beach, and Big Talbot Island and Little Talbot Island in Jacksonville, just to name a few.

Where are some other places to go paddling in Florida?

There are actually numerous places to go paddling in Florida. Whether it's kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), or canoeing, sometimes the best way to accomplish this is to embark upon a paddling tour with one of many professional paddling outfits dotted all over the state. One of them is called Get Up and Go Kayaking. They offer clear-bottom kayaks which are amazing! Imagine all of the wildlife you can see under the surface when cruising along in one of these types of watercraft!

I'm looking for family-friendly hiking trails in Florida.

You're in luck because there are many family-friendly hiking trails throughout Florida. Whether you're looking for something paved and not too far from the entrance point, or something a little bit more challenging that provides a little more scenery, you're sure to find it. One of the most popular places is the Ancient Dunes Trail. Located in Anastasia State Park in beautiful St. Augustine, the trail is only three miles long and is chock full of coastal habitat wildlife and history. There are also wonderful trails at the Cypress Lakes Preserve in the town of Ridge Manor. Here, you get to hike alongside interesting maritime marshes that offer their own unique natural flora and fauna depending on the time of the year.

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