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Silver Springs River

Address: Ocala, FL
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Ranked #6 of 17 Attractions in Ocala
Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Camping
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Type: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Activities: Canoeing, Camping
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East Polk County, Fla.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We went for four days but had reserved seven. Unfortunately, life happens. Darn those bumper stickers! Anyway, this was our second trip to this SP. The first time it was known as Silver River SP. It is has been rebadged to Silver Springs SP. A park by any other name... It is still one of the best parks in Florida.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the scenic landscape, a boat ride on a glass bottom boat, some amazing views! Lots of wildlife: alligator, monkeys.

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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Took Glass Bottom Boat Tour. The boat captains were knowledgeable and funny. We saw turtles, some monkeys and lot of birds. The river is crystal clear Never expected to see such beauty but it truly was awesome!!!

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Dover, NH
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Silver Springs has been attraction in northern Florida forever. It still has glass-bottom boats that take interested passengers over gin-clear waters. The tour-guides have mostly been there forever and know the routine by heart. It's rather camp but pleasant and enjoyable all the way. It ain't Disney World - makes it kind of nice.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We went on our last full day in Florida and it was worth it. Formerly a tourist/amusement park it is now owned by the state. They are making upgrades to the existing buildings and grounds. The home of the glass bottom boats ! There are 850 MILLION gallons of fresh water pumped in by underground springs every day. Historical and... More 

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Amanda, Ohio
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We hiked at silver springs state park. It was a nice clean and friendly place with plenty of trails. They ranged up to several miles. we walked 3 trails and got in 6 miles. The river looked very nice, the trails are good walking and we seen a lot of local wildlife. Like deer, squirrels, birds and fish.

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Silver Springs, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Boating on the river 2 days after christmas, and the weather was beautiful. River was full of kayaks, canoes and motor boats, tells you this was a great boating day. Launched at Ray Wayside and traveled up to Silver Springs saw quite a few large gators, a ton of turtles and birds. Water was up so the river was a... More 

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Medford Lakes, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

As we made our way south away from the northern winter we decided to stop in Ocala, and check out the glass bottom boat ride in Silver Springs State Park. I had some difficulty finding information about the boat. There is also a "donations only" boat ride company that doesn't run everyday in the area. I ended up calling the... More 

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Roudnice nad Labem, Czech Republic
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We spent there only one day in November and it was soooo beautiful! We rented 1 canoe to go through the river, price 18 USD. We saw lot of turtles, one small alligator, some monkeys and lot of birds. The river was so clean! Really very nice. Then we bought tickets for 30 minutes ride with the boat with glass... More 

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Summerfield, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have canoed this river several times to see the scenery and the wild life. One of my favorites is the monkees, which the sate is trying to get rid of. It's so sad because they were a great attraction that a lot of people came just to see. The crystal clear waters and springs are really a sight to... More 

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