For millennia, humans have been captivated by the stunning beauty and crystal clear waters of one of America’s largest springs. Experience a Silver Springs Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Kayak the five-mile Silver River. Explore the Silver River Museum and Cracker Village. Camping, hiking, dining and shopping as well are all found within Silver Springs State Park. Silver Springs State Park is located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd., in Silver Springs, Florida. For more information, click here. No matter your interests, a visit to Silver Springs is an experience you won’t soon forget.

If your looking for a memorable hike you can discover a variety of hiking and nature trails ranging in length from less than one mile to a 4.1-mile loop. There are five different trails to choose from, two of my personal favorites are the Swamp Trail, and the Sinkhole Trail. For more information on the parks trails, click here.

The world famous Glass Bottom Boats have wowed visitors to Silver Springs since the 1870s with breathtaking views of underwater life and the many springs that feed the Silver River. In fact, the Glass Bottom Boat was invented here! Take a tour aboard one of the historic Glass Bottom Boats and marvel at the beauty and sheer size of Mammoth Spring, the river’s head spring. You’ll explore many other beautiful feeder springs and see countless species of fish, ancient Native American and Spanish artifacts and even underwater movie props from the days when Hollywood productions flourished at the park! For more information on the Boat Tours, click here.

The Silver River flows five miles from the head spring to its confluence with the Ocklawaha River, completely within the confines and protection of Silver Springs State Park. The river offers a wide, wild and scenic paddle through Florida’s heartland. This is a great opportunity to explore the Silver River! The park offers rental equipment, including canoes, kayaks or SUP boards, and even provide shuttle service so you can float down stream to Ray Wayside Park and park staff will bring you back to the park.

If that wasn’t enough, there is also dining, shopping, and even an incredible museum. The park is open 7 days a week, year round from 8 am to sundown. There is a $2.00 fee to enter the park.

With so much to see and do, many times guest decide to stay for the week. This gives them ample opportunity to see all the park has to offer. Silver Springs has options to accommodate guests lodging needs. Silver Springs State Park’s campground offers Cabins, RV and Tent Sites, and Group Primitive Camp Sites. For more information, on the camping sites and cabin rentals available, click here.

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