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Silver Springs State Park

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Address: 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL 34470
Phone Number: 352-236-7148
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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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Clean Park, Kayaking, Waterfalls and Tours

This was a fun half-day trip. We went on the historical glass bottom boat tour, rented kayaks, went fishing, swimming and kayaking.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Proctorsville, Vermont
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Proctorsville, Vermont
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This was a fun half-day trip. We went on the historical glass bottom boat tour, rented kayaks, went fishing, swimming and kayaking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I visited the concert and enjoyed them all, they are well worth the money. Had a very nice afternoon. Crowded but we got there early so just fine. had drinks, snack foods, pitzza's, hot dog's, husband had popcorn.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The best part of this state park is kayaking in beautiful spring and river. The monkeys that we saw out in the areas along the river was an event we will remember forever! We also saw tons of turtles, gators, an array of water birds- all up close and personal. Never could get a ride on the glass bottom boat-... More 

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were camping in the park (another entrance) and could go into this section of the park under the same fee paid. Really enjoyed the glass bottom boat 30 minute tour - saw different fish, huge log and many other things. On the sunny day we took the trip the fish were easy to see and clear water made it... More 

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Jacksonville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Silver Springs has become a Florida State Park and no longer has the animal shows which I think is wonderful. It is very natural and beautiful. The glass bottom boat tours are still running and very enjoyable. You can rent kayaks or canoes and hike. On the day we visited the local animal rescue had brought a busload of shelter... More 

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Aldershot, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

we loved this place,crystal clear hot spring water forms this river,we saw many turtles, fish, all sorts of birds,gators and dozens of wild monkeys in the trees.we took the 90 minute boat trip,the captain was very informative and kept stopping so everyone could take pictures .definitely going again

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I had been looking forward to going here and taking the glass bottom boat tour. Two tours are offered, a 30 minute one in an enclosed boat ($11.00) and a 90 minute one in an open boat ($25.00). The open boat is what I wanted to do since I would be able to look down into the water and also... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I was here years ago when I was 10 and there was a lot to see. Today, the park is owned by the state and everything has been removed, except the glass bottomed boats. For $10 a person, you get a 30 minute ride, or for $20 you can go on the 90 minute ride. The 90 minute ride is... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I've been here twice in the past few months and have to say that the glass bottom boats were a memorable experience for both children and adults. Although the site has seen better days, the state is working hard to fix the site and bring it back to life. Perhaps the guides are a little too rehearsed, and the built-in... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Glass bottom boat ride is not as advertised. It only lasted 10 minutes and the guide slurred his words and hurried to get it over with. Canoe rentals (in the state park parking lot) are the way to go (a little expensive, but a great experience).

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