It seemed like we were lost in time and left civilization behind entering the timeless oasis of Silver Springs. Surrounded by nature, tropical jungles, thick forests, lots of turtles, alligators, ferns and beauty everywhere.
This 350 acre park surrounds the headwaters of the beautiful crystalline Silver River, the world’s largest artesian spring formation. The springs release more than 550 million gallons every 24 hours.
Here you can explore the underground springs from the famous Glass-Bottom boats. You’ll see fish, shellfish, snails, fossils and vegetation in water that’s up to 80 feet deep. In the park you can also see the natural habitats of Florida’s largest alligators, endangered bears and panthers plus an entertaining variety of wildlife shows from Birds of Prey to snakes and reptiles.
In the early 1500s, Timucuan Indians settled in the area around Silver Springs which they referred to as Ocali. Later they were succeeded by other Indian tribes including the Seminole Indians. Today, all of the Glass Bottom Boats (invented in 1878) are named in honor of those Indian leaders who fought in Florida. The Fort King River Cruise carries you through Silver Springs 10,000 year history. You will see a working archaeological dig site, Seminole Indian village, an authentic Florida pioneer “Cracker” homestead. The Lost River Voyage transports guests back in time to wild Florida as it was thousands of years ago—untouched and untamed. Riverbanks are lined with towering bald cypress trees, some more than 500 years old. See alligators, turtles, heron, osprey, and other wildlife basking and feeding in their natural habitat.
Silver Springs have impressive connections to Hollywood. Six “Tarzan” movies, the “Sea Hunt” TV series, the horror movie classic “Creature From The Black Lagoon”, “Legend” with Tom Cruise, National Geographic specials are just a few of the productions that took advantage of the crystal clear water for underwater filming. Military training films on jungle warfare have also been shot at the park.
Silver Springs is located 90 miles north of Orlando, just east of Ocala, Florida. Click Here for our Florida Slide Show!