Firsthand Florida Fun: Silver Springs State Park

Firsthand Florida Fun: Silver Springs State Park


Hey there, I’m Craig Littauer, I’m a Park Services Specialist at Silver Springs State Park, and I just wanted to welcome you all out here The park is known for its famous glass bottomed boat rides. They run every day, and it’s the perfect way to explore the springs. In 2013, Silver Springs State Park opened by merging with Silver River, and for the first time ever you could launch a canoe or kayak at the headsprings. You can either bring your own, or you can rent a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard, and there’s a paddling trail that does not allow motorboats, and then, of course, there’s the Silver River, which you can go all the way down to the Ocklawaha River. Because the park has a restaurant, restrooms, gift shop, and sweet shop, you can stay all day. There are so many great things to do at the park, but one of my favorite things to do at Silver Springs is just sit in one of the rocking chairs, overlooking the Mammoth Spring, and just seeing the glass bottomed boats, people, and wildlife, sometimes we get otters, cormorants, all different kinds of birds, turtles and I just like relaxing in the rocking chairs. The museum gives visitors the chance not only to learn about the history of the springs, but also the history of the region in general. Make sure you check out the Cracker Village.

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  1. I worked there in '99, driving for the Jeep Safari. Was sad to hear that it'd been abandoned, nice to see it's been restored!

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