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Silver Springs

People have been attracted to Silver Springs for hundreds of years because of the 99.8 pure artesian spring waters. For over 500 years the areas has been populated first by Indians, then by the Spaniards, and finally by the US.

Today you can see it all on Glass Bottom boat tour.

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Silver Springs is a 350-acre nature park that surrounds the headwaters of the beautiful Silver River.  The Silver River is the largest artesian spring formation in the world.

Silver Springs is located on Highway 40 about 10 east miles from downtown Ocala, Fl.

The Park is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Silver Springs Nature Park
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs, FL 34488
Telephone: 352-236-2121

Special Events at Silver Springs

The boat tours, animals, rides, and amazing the springs are reason enough to spend a day at Silver Springs, Florida. But there are also special events.

Here are a few examples of special events at Silver Springs:

October 2008 Events

October 4 – 3rd Annual All GM Auto Show

October 10 to Nov 1 (Friday and Saturday Nights)
Fright Nights, the 36th annual Ocala Jaycess haunted house (7 to 10pm)

October 1 to November 2 (Friday, Saturday, and Sundays) – Fall Festival
October Fest with Beer and Bratz

Kids Halloween (10am to 5pm)
Trick or Treat, Pumpkin Patch, Animal Encounters

November 2008 Events

November 1 - 11th Annual Corvette Show

November 13 to 16 - Native American Festival

November 28-29, Dec 5-6, 12 -24, 26-27 - Festival of Lights
From dusk to 8:30pm see more than 1 million lights, dozens of neon displays, choirs, carolers, musical acts, lighted boat parade and a holiday buffet. And Santa will be there!

Glass Bottom Boats at Silver Springs

At Silver Springs the Glass Bottom Boats are the main attraction. You float above the underground springs and are likely to see fish, shellfish, turtles and alligators in water that’s 99.8% pure and as deep as 80 feet.

The glass bottom boat tours take on a tour of the seven major springs and give you a crystal clear view of the pure water and all kinds of wildlife.

River Boat Tour

The Fort King River Boat tour takes you on a historical journey through the 10,000 year history of Silver Springs.  A few of the displays you will see include a Seminole Indian Reservation, a working archaeological dig, The Fort King Army Stockade from the 1830;s, and

The Lost River Voyage

The Lost River Voyage takes you back in time to see Florida, as it was thousands of years. The banks of the river are lined with amazing cypress trees. You will also see alligators, turtles, and a variety of birds.

Take a walk on the nature trails and experience the natural habitats of Florida’s largest alligators, endangered bears and even panthers.

Petting Zoo and Rides

Silver Springs is geared toward the nature lover as well as children.  There is even a petting Zoo called, Kritter Korral.  There are also rides and exhibits for all kids of all ages. Some of examples of the rides are The Lighthouse Ride and Kids Ahoy! Playland.

One of our favorite activities is feeding the Giraffes.  During our last visit there were a few young giraffes and the kids really enjoyed feeding them and were amazed by the size of their tongues.

The Lighthouse ride is a gondola/carousel that holds up to six people in each gondola and soars over 80 feet above the Silver Springs River.

Kids Ahoy! Playland has many activities for kids.  Some of the featured activities are a replica of a riverboat from the 1800’s, a 40-passenger carousel and a Ferris wheel.

Silver Springs History

Silver Springs has had many interesting events over its history. Six of the original Tarzan Movies were filmed there and more than 100 episodes of the TV Show Sea Hunt were also filmed at Silver Springs.

In 1972 Silver Springs was declared a registered Natural Landmark by the US Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.

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