Silver Springs Nature Park


Useful Information

Location: East of Ocala, Florida on S.R. 40. I-75 exit 352 east, I-95 exit 268 west. Signposted.
Open: MAR to mid-AUG daily 10-17.
Mid-AUG to SEP Wed-Sun 10-17.
04-JUL 10-22.
[2010]
Fee: Adults USD 29.99, Children (3-10) USD 24.99, Children (0-2) free, Students USD , Family (2+2) USD .
Groups (15+): up to 50% off, reservation required.
Plus tax.
[2010]
Classification: ExplainKarst Spring
Light: n/a
Dimension: Production: 2,000,000m3
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Address: Silver Springs Nature Park, 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Silver Springs, FL 34488-1874, Tel: +1-352-236-2121, Fax: +1-352-236-1732. E-mail: contact
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History

1880 visited by President Ulysses S. Grant.
1920s visited by President Calvin Coolidge.
1930s wild rhesus monkeys established on an island in the Silver River by Colonel Tooey.
1980s acquired by the state of Florida to become a state park.

Description

Silver Springs Nature Park is somewhere between a theme park and a nature and zoological Park. But the interesting feature for us is obviously the eponymous Silver Spring, one of the uncountable karst springs of Florida. This is one of the bigger and most beautiful ones, and as a result it is a tourist destination since shortly after the the American Civil War. And it is easily accessible, with glass bottom boats allowing visitors to see the inside of the spring similar to divers.

The glass bottom boats, which are said to have been invented here, made the place famous, it was mentioned in journals and guidebooks. It also became a mandatory stop on the so-called grand tour of Florida.