Sliver Springs for the past 129 years was one of Florida’s oldest attractions. Known for its crystal waters and world famous glass bottom boats. Even Hollywood took notice of this beautiful wild landscape as well.
Films such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon, several Tarzan movies, Moonraker, I Spy, and Legend were filmed in the springs of Silver River. Silver Springs was also the home of the 1960s action thriller television show Sea Hunt.
Prime film setting wasn’t the only offing of the stunning park. Silver Springs was an attraction for all ages with offerings such as the reptile shows and displays on Ross Allen Island. Not only did they thrill visitors with an up close look at some of Florida’s more risky inhabitants such as a 100 year old giant snapping turtle, venomous snakes, and some of the states largest Alligators.
Over the last year the park began to evolve again. The animals were all moved out of the park and renovations began. On October 1st the transformation was complete from Nature’s Theme Park to Sliver Springs State Park.
A combination of Silver River State Park and Sliver Springs that includes hiking trails, full camping facilities, picnicking, canoeing, historic Cracker village and the Silver River Museum.
The theme of the park may have changed but the true heart of the heart park remains the same. The native beauty and wonders of Florida.
As a state park the hours of operation have changed to opening at 8am and closing at sundown 365 days a year. Park entry is $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $5.00 Single Occupant Vehicle. $4.00 per vessel, Launch fee for personal canoe or kayak. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
$2.00 per person. Entrance to the Silver River Museum and Environmental Center, which is open weekends and major holidays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Children under six are free.
You can still ride the world famous glass bottom boats for a spectacular view of one of Florida’s most stunning springs for $9.99 per person.
Sliver Springs and the Sliver River will always be a destination no one should miss on their Florida vacation. The beaches may send you home tanned but Silver Springs will warm the heart and show you why it was called Nature’s Theme Park.
Sliver Springs State Park is located at 1425 N.E. 58th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470. For more information about this park and it’s amenities offered you can visit their website http://www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings/ or call 352.236.7148