Silver Springs is one of the most popular and largest group of springs in the state, and with tons of history, there are many ways you can experience the area that is reminiscent of the days of Old Florida.

But as Spectrum News discovered in this week's Florida on a Tankful, the best way to experience the springs might be with Get Up and Go Kayaking, and their unique floating windows into the depths of the springs. 

What You Need To Know

  • Silver Springs is a remnant of old Florida, and you can experience it for yourself

  • Get up and Go Kayaking takes visitors on tours of the area

  • The springs were featured on many motion pictures

Pushing off the sandy landing into the waters of Silver Springs, you're set for an adventure into one of Florida's most iconic springs. 

“You're welcome to adjust that seat if you need to, whatever makes it most comfortable," Get Up and Go Kayaking guide, Lauren Robarge, explained to her group of around 15 excited kayakers. 

Robarge is one of Get Up and Go Kayaking's newest tour guides, and while she might not be a home grown Florida resident, she certainly considers herself a sunshine state resident now. 

She grew up learning to love the outdoors, and she moved here from New Hampshire when she was 9. Her time was spent hiking, fishing, and spending time on the water, something she ended up turning into a part-time career after leaving a more corporate position over a year ago. 

“I've just always loved the springs, it's like home since moving here to Florida," Robarge said. 

Falling in love, not just with the beauty and nature of these springs, but also the history. Silver Springs is the largest artesian spring in the world, and the site of the oldest commercial tourist attraction that was designated as a national natural landmark in 1971. Fun fact, the springs have even had their fair share of movies and shows filmed on site. 

“This was actually where the original creature from the Black Lagoon was filmed and this spring was actually used as his lair," Robarge explained while on the tour. 

It's a tour that is sure to peak your interest into the history of this storied old Florida spring. One where you can experience all of the beauty through the clear bottom kayaks from Get Up and Go Kayaking. 

Get Up and Go Kayaking tours are by reservation only. They do have several other locations across the state. If you're interested check out their website.