Silver Springs

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Silver Springs
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A glass-bottomed boat glides atop the crystal clear waters of the Silver River during a Silver Springs boat tour.

Silver Springs: Hidden Treasure in Central Florida

Silver Springs is a hidden treasure in north central Florida that is usually missed by most tourists. It is located near Ocala, Florida just 75 miles (120 km) north of Orlando. Located at the headwaters of the Silver River, the springs gush nearly 550 million gallons (over 2,000 million liters) of crystal clear water every day creating the largest natural artesian spring formation in the world. The waters of Silver Springs and the nearby Silver River are so transparent that this has become a favorite location for the filming of underwater scenes in many movies and television shows.

You can visit Silver Springs and view the underwater creatures in a glass-bottomed boat, take a jungle cruise, visit the wildlife park, petting zoo and alligator farm. You can stroll through the botanical gardens, watch an animal show and listen to a concert. The price of admission is about $34.99 for the whole day including all features. The park is open 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM every day of the year. This is great entertainment for the whole family.

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Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: Courtesy of Silver Springs
Photo Description: The glass-bottomed boat Chief Yoholo cruises atop the crystal clear waters of Silver Springs while its passengers marvel at the undewater sights.