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“Liked the glass bottom boat ride”

Silver Springs State Park
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A 5000 acre park in north central Florida.
Reviewed May 19, 2014

Very informative glass bottom boat ride for $10. Pleasant areas to walk in the area. Lots of benches and chairs do sit and just relax for a bit. Looks like it must have been beautiful on the grounds at one time. Talked to several employees and it looks like they have plans to expand in the future. Very relaxing and peaceful looking with all the kayaks and canoes on the river.

3  Thank Beth S
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

We went on a Sunday afternoon and few people were there. Ride on glass bottom boats was nice for a 25 minute ride. Yummy ice cream afterwards.tho service was so slow. Can't help but think what this place was like pre Disney.

Thank mreesebryan
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

There are no animals, there are no attractions... what happened to Silver Springs?

Very, very, very disappointing.

3  Thank JennaRock
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

Always bring your bug repellent, and always make certain your pet has a flea and tick collar. Over the past few years, we’ve visited Silver Springs twice – once over Memorial Day weekend, and again during January 2014, which is what this review is for. Not much need for the bug repellent in January, but definitely used it during our late May visit. We camp in a 27 foot travel trailer, along with 2 small dogs.

Though the Silver Springs partial was part of this park during our January visit, we did not mosey over to this section. There’s a lot to do at this park – biking, canoeing & kayaking, and of course hiking. There is also the pioneer cracker village, and the museum. There are no fees for the cracker village tour, but don’t forget to have a few bucks per person to get into the museum. And if memory serves me, there was no fishing due to the ecosystem, and no swimming due to the alligators.

The restrooms/showers are clean and well maintained. The cabins all appear to be very nice, but admittedly, we never got closer than 30 – 40 feet from them. As in all the Florida State Parks, the playground area is pretty nice. Getting in/out of the campsite area is no problem, and the sites are well maintained. Lots of pull through sites, though the inside sites tend to have more shade. At the time we were there, we counted 9 campsites that had 50 AMP service, and there may be more at this time. The park rangers, as well as the camp ground hosts, have always been great.

There’s roughly 15 miles of biking/hiking trails in the park. However, the trails are sand, and not paved. So, if you love biking, but can’t handle the sandy trails, stick to the park roads. I understand there are glass-bottom boat tours on the newly acquired ‘spring’ side. We hope to do this next time we’re here. There are several canoe/kayak launch areas in the park. All carry a launch fee, so check with the state park website.

There are many different wildlife populations present in the park – armadillos, deer, wild boar (definitely), black bear, bobcat, etc. One species you don’t hear much about is the colony of non-native Rhesus Macaques monkeys that were introduced to the park area in 1938.
We’re planning on being back in May 2015!

6  Thank normh915
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

There are not many places that are so easily accessible that you can see water this pristine. Thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride and hearing about the history of the springs, especially how many films and TV shows were shot there. Easily worth $10. Also fun to watch the monkeys on the shore. Not sure who was actually watching who.

You will want to check the schedule beforehand if you want to visit the pioneer village. It is not always open to visitors.

It is in transition from a theme park to a state nature park, so many of the theme park buildings are in disrepair. You have to just look past that. The buildings and equipment that are being used are in very nice condition.

Overall, it's a beautiful little natural treasure that can be enjoyed for a very reasonable price.

4  Thank ITravelRt66
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