Silver Springs Florida
Silver Springs holds an interesting distinction. This unincorporated community is home to one of the world’s largest artesian spring formations. The springs, which are now part of Silver Springs State Park, were one of the first Florida tourist attractions. They produce millions of gallons of crystal-clear water every day and have been attracting visitors since the Civil War era.
Silver Springs, Florida was one of the first places where glass bottom boats were used for sightseeing tours. The first boats were unveiled in the late 1870s and tours remain extremely popular to this day. They are offered year round. Kayaking and canoeing are other fun ways to get out on the water. Bike rentals are available for exploring on dry land. Silver Springs State Park also has other various attractions, including a seasonal water park with slides. Silver Springs, Florida is centrally located near Ocala. Its relative proximity to such other cities as Orlando and Gainesville helps to make it a popular stop on Florida vacation itineraries.
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