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Silver Springs Silver Springs

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Silver Springs
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd
Silver Springs
FL
34488
Tel: 352-236-2121

Directions

Silver Springs, Florida’s natural wonder, and Wild Waters Water Park are located just east of Ocala, Florida on S.R. 40. Take exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95.

Where are we going today?

Silver Springs is a 350 acre nature theme park that surrounds the headwaters of the beautiful Silver River, the largest artesian spring formation in the world. Located 90 miles north of Orlando, just east of Ocala, Florida. Here you can view the underground springs from our famous glass-bottom boats, where you'll see fish, shellfish, turtles and alligators in water that's up to 80 feet deep and 99.8% pure. Walk the beautiful grounds and experience the natural habitats of Florida's largest alligators, endangered bears and panthers, Kritter Korral petting zoo, plus an entertaining variety of wildlife shows from Birds of Prey to snakes and reptiles. There are rides and exhibits for all ages in a natural setting of stunning beauty.
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    Great time. Tour was really good and informative. Do the 90 min one if you can. Lots of space for boating, kayaking, and even a dedicated space for swimming. The are refurbishing the cafes/storefronts, and they seem like they will be really well done. Trails are pretty good as well. Nice large fields and stage-like area for events, weddings, concerts. Only saw some wildlife due to the heat, but be aware that there are alligators nearly everywhere.

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    My family and I went to this park last week for easter break. We loved the site, we took a boat tour to see the springs and it was amazing, the sights are incredible and the captain of the boat was awesome. Even thought it was high season the park wasn't crowded at all and everybody (with one exception) working in the park was very nice.
    After the boat ride we liked it so much that we wanted to rent a kayak.They told us that the kayak rental was open until, 530pm but you had to be there before 430pm to rent it. When we got there at 427pm they were...Read More

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    Went Mothers Day for buffet & ride - buffet 45 min late seating, another 15 min to start serving, had only 20 min to eat and then catch our reserved 90 min boat ride. Very disappointed with buffet, food wasn't even ready at target time.....many at our table(s) were upset. I would go again but only with a guarantee of delivery as noted on website. Didn't even have all the food that was advertised. Boat ride was awesome.....also didn't realize that buffet was outdoors.

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    The SS Conservation area seriously needs a restroom facility. Its nice walking around the trails, enjoying the peace & quiet of the area, being among "the woods", but when there comes the time when you need to use the restroom, there is no place to go. What is a person supposed to do, pee on a tree or bush, or defecate in the woods? Either a person has to break the law, risk exposing themselves, or try to hold it until they are able to hike nearly 2 miles out to the entrance. I was there earlier today doing some geo-caching, and I really needed...Read More

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    Its nice but where the giraffes are it stinks

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by sergio de la rosa

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My family and I went to this park last week for easter break. We loved the site, we took a boat tour to see the springs and it was amazing, the sights are incredible and the captain of the boat was awesome. Even thought it was high season the park wasn't crowded at all and everybody (with one exception) working in the park was very nice.
After the boat ride we liked it so much that we wanted to rent a kayak.They told us that the kayak rental was open until, 530pm but you had to be there before 430pm to rent it. When we got there at 427pm they were three people in the facility, while two of them were getting ready to give us our kayak the other one stopped playing with his phone stood up and told us that we could not rent the kayak because it was after 430pm, I showed him my self phone when it was showing 428pm then he started saying in a very rude way that theres is a park state regulation that does not allow them to put the kayak in the water after 430 pm. To me it seemed obvious that he wanted to leave early.
As the only negative note of this visit we left the park without a kayak ride.
If you go to rent a kayak in the facility that is next to the parking lot I would advise you to try to avoid the chubby lazy guy.

by Michael Ferro

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The SS Conservation area seriously needs a restroom facility. Its nice walking around the trails, enjoying the peace & quiet of the area, being among "the woods", but when there comes the time when you need to use the restroom, there is no place to go. What is a person supposed to do, pee on a tree or bush, or defecate in the woods? Either a person has to break the law, risk exposing themselves, or try to hold it until they are able to hike nearly 2 miles out to the entrance. I was there earlier today doing some geo-caching, and I really needed to use the bathroom. I was barely able to contain it till I got home. But it made my visit very less than enjoyable. So please, to the powers that be that run this place, accommodate to those that may be in need here.

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