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Silver Springs State Park

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Address: 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34470
Phone Number: (352) 261-5840
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Canoeing, Motor-boating, Walking
Description: A 5000 acre park in north central Florida.

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Recent State park Takeover

Glass bottom boat ride is great. Not much else to see. All the former outside exhibits are gone. A small exhibit about movies filmed there was nice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Hernando, Florida
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Flushing, Michigan
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151 reviews 151 reviews
12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Visited both Saturday and Sunday. We were in Ocala for a couple of days, to visit grandchildren. As always, what do you do with grandkids, especially if they are adults or lat teenagers? Well, we scoped out the park on Saturday, since neither my wife or I had ever been there before (as many times as we've been to Florida).... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Glass bottom boat ride is great. Not much else to see. All the former outside exhibits are gone. A small exhibit about movies filmed there was nice.

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Manhattan, Kansas, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I visited here years ago and it just isn't the same but the glass bottom boat tours are still in operation. My wife had never been here so she really enjoyed it. I was disappointed as you used to be able to spend an entire day here and now a few hours is all that is needed. Still, I would... More 

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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Silver River from the head spring to Ray Wayside is just over 5 miles and a lovely paddle. Plenty of places to stop and rest or eat a snack, where the current is not too strong and the stream is wide. Watch out for the monkeys.

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Copley, Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

We were there before state took over and it was very nice. We were there on our honeymoon 42 years ago and loved it then. Miss deer park and the Santa Claus house though. Nice place to go.

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Cape Girardeau, Missouri
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We spent a few days in Ocala on our way to Placida and decided to do the Glass Bottom Boat Ride.We really enjoyed it. We did the 30 minute trip for $10.00 Senior price. It was very informative and very interesting. The gentlemen that did our tour had been doing this for over 40 years and he could answer any... More 

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St. Augustine
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Silver Springs once was one of Florida's premier attractions -- before the Disney/Orlando era. Now under state management, the beautiful natural park has returned to its former glory but without the kitsch. The Florida wilderness can be seen from boats or on paths in all its pristine splendor. This is a great family attraction -- inexpensive, natural and accessible. Take... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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113 reviews 113 reviews
24 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Managed to reserve a spot in the campground for four nights on our way back home to the Northwest. We arrived on a Sunday. At check in we were told the museum is open only on weekends until 5 pm. Closed during the week, used as a school. We found our site. Huge pull through. Very pleased. Water and electric.... More 

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Estero, Florida
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

We drove to the park with the hopes of hiking all the trails but a controlled burn had all the trails but the River Trail. This is a very nice trail that ends at the river, probably the best photo spot.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

well worth renting a kayak or canoe here at the attraction and it's an easy paddle out to the spring head. Float over the springs and admire the vistas as long as you want....you will be right next to the glass bottomed boats but not a hazard. See the monkeys on the island...we saw a manatee swim right under our... More 

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