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Silver Springs Nature Park

5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34488
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Walking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Visit the park to see wildlife, a petting zoo and an alligator farm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Coral Springs, Florida
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Silver Springs state park is beautiful! Our glass bottom boat captain, Virginia, was funny, educational, and friendly. The springs are very clear. Lots of wildlife. Even though the park was still undergoing renovations from the state, it is peaceful. The little shop area by the headsprings has amazing architecture, its clean and old fashioned. Very nice park. I am very... More

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Iowa, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our stop at the park. We checked out the glass bottom boats which is about a 30 minute boat ride over the crystal clear water. I believe the cost was about $10/person which is a little pricey, but it was definitely worth doing at least once. The water was SO pretty. We ended up... More

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Decatur, GA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The state acquired the theme park end at the spring source in October 2013 and is in process of making it more park -like and less commercial. The old Silver River park downstream remains as it was except the canoe/kayak rental moved to the upstream part. The rangers were very helpful, esp. when we reported a couple loose dogs along... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The park is dated, but that's not such a big deal, old Florida and all. The glass bottom boats are overpriced. However, what really gets me is the canoe rental. The guy said it takes 2 hours to complete and didn't explain anything or ask how many hours we wanted, just charged for 2. We had a small child and... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Four years ago we made the trip from Orlando to Silver Springs and were really glad we made the journey, the glass bottom boats were lovely. As was the walk around the alligator enclosure and talk on the different species. Today we stopped on our way from the east to the west coast. It was really strange as we were... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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243 reviews 243 reviews
150 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This was my first Visit to Silver Springs state park and I must say when I entered I thought I was going into Six flags... and then I realized there wasn't much there besides glass bottom boats, the spring and some older buildings. It seems like its an event space as well now for concerts, but gone are any animals... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

When people say "it just wasn't the way I remember" they could be talking about Silver Springs, this was my 4th trip there in over 55 years and over the years it has certainly changed! This last time it showed the wear of an old gown, faded with a few buttons missing and the hem frayed and maybe a tear... More

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Ocoee, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

This IS the original theme park in Florida. Give the parka second look now that the state has purchased the land. The facility is dated and very few folks are in the park but do not let that sway you. Head out on a glass-bottomed boat for a view of the springs feeding the run. The water is clear and... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

was a bit disappointed - lots of money for a short ride with the glass-bottom boat to only see some openings in the ground of the lake and a small sleeping crocodile and some turtles . fascinating the drawl of the black lady explaining everything.

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Pataskala, Ohio
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59 reviews 59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

As several other people have mentioned, the State of Florida has taken the park over. It is now run by the State park service. I have always loved this park, but hated what they were charging to get in. I think that many things have been neglected and the park service has some work to do. However, I believe with... More

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