- The Silver Spring’s Attraction is currently closed and will reopen as the Silver Springs State Park on October 1, 2013.
- The new Silver Springs State Park will be a combination of the previous Silver Spring’s Attraction and the previous Silver River State Park.
- Beginning October 1, 2013, the new Silver Springs State Park will be open 7 days a week from 7:00 a.m. to dusk.
- The new entrance fee will be $8/vehicle with a maximum of 8 persons in a vehicle or $5 per individual in one car.
- The activities available in the new Silver Springs State Park will be riding the World Famous Glass Bottom Boats, renting canoes/kayaks and paddling up/down Silver Springs and the Silver River, visiting Silver River Museum, hiking, bird watching, and picnicking.
- There will be two public entrances, one using the old entrance off State Road 40 and the other at the Silver River State Park off Baseline Road.
Silvers Springs has been called “Florida’s Original Tourist Attraction”, and since it has attracted visitors long before Ocala even existed, it is no surprise. The 99.8 percent pure, cold spring water attracted many Indian tribes centuries before the Spaniards settled the area. When commerce on the Silver River sprung up in the 1800s, the tourism began, especially with the invention of the glass-bottomed boat in 1878. And the rest is, well, history.
The natural springs, the main attraction, pump out 550 million gallons of crystal-clear, refreshingly cold water each day. Guests can view the seven separate springs in shocking clarity by taking a ride on one of the glass-bottomed boats the park is famous for.
While the springs are perhaps the most intriguing and beautiful area of the park, Silver Springs Theme Park has much more to offer its guests. There are several wildlife exhibits featuring many species including a variety of birds, snakes, turtles, bears, panthers and alligators, including a new exhibit featuring an extremely rare reptile, the white alligator. There is also a petting zoo where guests can hand-feed a variety of farm animals including sheep, rabbits, donkeys and goats.
More attractions include a giant children’s playground and a lighthouse carousal ride that soars 80 feet above the park to provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding area. Along with shopping and dining, there are many activities to have a full day of fun at Silver Springs Theme Park, all while taking in the natural beauty of Florida and its wildlife.
5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL
(352) 236-2121 · silversprings.com