The Reserve at Kanapaha makes a great location for a Gainesville apartment with its close proximity to Interstate-75 and many places to go canoeing and kayaking around the area.
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Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities for many in Gainesville and across Florida. It is a cheap and fun way to explore the state of Florida's many rivers, lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico for all age ranges and experience levels. Whether you are a University of Florida student in Gainesville or looking for a family-friendly activity, we are sure you will find a great place to canoe or kayak around your Gainesville apartment on our list below.
Located in High Springs, this is a popular destination for tubing, especially for college students in Gainesville. Still, the park also offers kayaks, paddleboards, canoe rentals, and camping for an entire weekend river and springs experience.
ICHETUCKNEE SPRINGS STATE PARK
This park in Fort White fills up fast during the summer months, but one of the most relaxing trips down the spring fed Ichetucknee River. Many rentals are available, including tubes, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards with many stops along the way.
SANTA FE CANOE OUTPOST
Take a trip down the beautiful Santa Fe River in High Springs. The Santa Fe Canoe Outpost offers canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards that you can launch from their river location, or they also provide shuttle services to other destinations and springs.
SILVER SPRINGS STATE PARK
This state park is located in Ocala, just south of Gainesville along I-75, and makes for a beautiful day trip in Florida. They are most known for their glass-bottom boat tours, but they also offer canoe, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard rentals.
The Rainbow River is located just south of your apartment in Gainesville. There are many opportunities to canoe or kayak the river including in a clear kayak at Get Up and Go Kayaking. You can also rent a canoe or kayak in Rainbow Springs State Park.
LAKE SANTA FE
Northeast of Gainesville, Lake Santa Fe in Melrose is a popular destination for many in the area. You can bring your own kayak, canoe, or other watercraft to launch from Santa Fe Lake Park or rent a kayak or paddleboard from DJ's Kayak Rentals.
Suppose you want to explore the old Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, head west of Gainesville to Cedar Key. Some would say the best way to explore the island town is by kayak, and there are many opportunities to do just that. Head to the public beach and Lil Shark Park and rent a kayak from Kayak Cedar Keys.
Most Gainesville residents seem to have a love of the outdoors in common, and there are so many opportunities right around your new apartment in Gainesville to experience nature, including by canoe or kayak. Whether you are a student in Gainesville or a working professional with a family, canoeing and kayaking make for a great activity in Florida, especially during the hot summer months, as you may be looking for a place to cool off and get wet. Explore one or explore them all and enjoy!