Fodor's Expert Review Silver Springs State Park

Ocala National Forest Park (National/State/Provincial)

The 350-acre park at the western edge of the Ocala National Forest has the world's largest collection of artesian springs, the last uninhabited spring run in Florida. The state's first tourist attraction, it was established in 1890 and, in its heyday, was a popular theme park featuring bird shows, exotic animals, and rides—all removed in 2014. Today is it a more sedate, yet stunningly beautiful state park where visitors can canoe, kayak, ride in a glass-bottom boat, hike, camp, and picnic. The park, inhabited by hundreds of rhesus monkeys, also houses a gift shop, restaurant, art gallery, ice cream parlor, and educational center. Take Route 40 east from Interstate 75 Exit 352 or west from Interstate 95 Exit 268.

Park (National/State/Provincial)

Quick Facts

5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Silver Springs, Florida  34488, USA

352-236–7148

www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings

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Rate Includes: $8

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