Silver Springs State Park at Ocala, Florida
In mid July, grandson Malcolm, neighbor Bill Jacqie Jackson and I headed north to ride the glass bottom boats at Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida. Silver Springs is one of the largest artesian springs in the world. It was the summer trip I had promised my grandson.
Silver Springs State Park, Ocala, FL
Clearest Water Ever
If you haven’t been to Silver Springs, it should be added to your bucket list. It is an incredibly beautiful place with water that is so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom, even on the river.
Crystal Clear Water
The springs produce 550 million of gallons of 98% pure water daily. Currently, while the water is clear, the white sand bottom is partially covered with algae. Still, well worth the trip.
For you old movie buffs, it is also the place where the TV series Sea Hunt, several Tarzan movies and The Creature from the Black Lagoon were filmed.
Glass Bottom Boats
Glass Bottom Boat at Silver Springs State Park
There are 30-minute spring tours and a 90-minute trip that goes down the Silver River, both in glass bottom boats. There isn’t a bad seat on any of them. I recommend the 90-minute trip for the wild life, the trees and plants and the time to stop hear and see it all.
There are alligators, turtles, anhingas drying their wings, nests full of baby herons, fish everywhere and, occasionally, the rhesus monkeys that live in park.
So much nature to see, eyes have a hard time taking it all in.When the sun hits the trees and plants, the greens are so bright they look fake. The cypress trees along the river take your breath away.
Cypress Trees Along the Silver River
And, it is quiet on the river. The only non-nature noise is the sound of a canoe paddle hitting the water.
Canoes on the Silver River
Another good thing about the 90-minute tour is the boat that is used. It is open sided which allows a breeze and room to lean over the rail to see and take pictures. The shorter cruises use glassed-in boats. There is the option to open the windows, but open air is much better. Personal opinion.
Make your plans now. Don’t miss this beautiful, natural place. A preview of this marvelous place is in the gallery below. Click on any picture to make it larger, then click on the right or left side of the image to move through the gallery.
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