Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, Florida

ssparkI have been to Silver Springs State Park, sorta, twice. The first time down to the River part on a weekday and then in December to see the “Cracker Christmas” I laso got to visit the Museum, but as it was a weekend so it was too crowded to check out the glass bottom boats and so forth. There is also a Commercial Waterpark, Wild Waters. I will return. I will return to this diverse park and the Ocala area. The Museum exhibits are well worth the small additional fee;

Welcome to Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs State Park combines the charm of a historic Florida attraction with the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited spring runs in the state.

There are three entrances to Silver Springs State Park. The main entrance is located on State Road 40 at 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488. The entrance to the for camping, cabins, and trails is located on State Road 35 at 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala FL 34470. The third entrance is our Equestrian Trails, also located on State Road 40, about 1 mile east of the SR 40 Spring Side entrance.

The Main Entrance: Enjoy the headspring from a viewing deck, walk along the river on paved trails, see the ornamental gardens, and enjoy an easy stroll through the Real Florida. Visitors can enjoy a meal from the restaurant with a view of the spring. Glass bottom boat rides and canoe and kayak rentals are offered through our concessionaire. There is a $4.00 per boat launch fee if you bring your own canoe or kayak. There is no land access from the water along the river and in the headspring area except at the canoe and kayak launch ramp.

For Camping, Cabins, and Trails: Visitors can paddle down the crystal clear river (there is no fee to launch on this side but there is a ½ mile hike to launch area), hike or bike along one of the nature trails, or just sit and watch the wide variety of birds and wildlife.The picnic area features three rentable pavilions with grills and a playground. For overnight stays, the River Side has a 59 site full facility campground and 10 modern cabins. To reserve a cabin or campsite, please visit

The River Side of the park is home to a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. The center is operated by the Marion County School District in cooperation with the park and is open to the public on weekends and holidays from 9am to 5pm. Admission to the Museum is $2.00 per person. Children under 6 are free.

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