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Friday, July 10, 2009

Silver Springs, FL

Silver Springs Park

Silver Springs is a U.S. populated place and spring in Marion County, Florida, just to the east of the city of Ocala. It is part of the Ocala Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Silver Springs is the site of one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world, producing nearly 550 million gallons of crystal-clear water daily. Silver Springs forms the headwaters of the Silver River, the largest tributary on the Ocklawaha River, a part of the St. Johns River system.


Steamboat and railroad at Silver Springs in about 1901.

Since at least the mid 19th century, the natural beauty of Silver Springs has attracted visitors from around the country. Glass bottom boat tours of the springs began in the late 1870's. In the 1920's, Carl Ray and W.M. Davidson made the land around the headwaters of the Spring into something resembling the attraction that is there today, now known as the Silver Springs Nature Theme Park. The attraction features native animal exhibits and glass bottom boat tours of the springs. Downstream from the attraction is the Silver River State Park.

T.W. Randall House

Also located in Silver Springs is a water park, Wild Waters (opened in 1978). The T. W. Randall House, on the National Register of Historic Places, is located to the northeast. Several defunct tourist attractions were once located in Silver Springs, including the Western-themed Six Gun Territory (closed 1984), and the Prince of Peace Memorial (closed in the mid-1970's).

Silver River State Park

Fishing is not allowed on the Silver River.

External links:

Ocala/Marion Visitors' & Convention Bureau

Silver Springs Nature Theme Park

Through the Looking Glass of Silver Springs

Silver Springs Pictures:

Prince of Peace Memorial at Silver Springs

Wilkinsons by the dock in their boat : Silver Springs, Florida, 1960

Entrance to the Seminole Indian Village : Silver Springs, Florida

Steamboat "William Howard" loading cargos at a langing on the Ocklawaha River

Hart Line steamboat "Hiawatha" and ACL train by depot on the water : Silver Springs, Florida, 1905

Silver Spring Hotel, Florida.