Silver Springs, Florida: Silver Springs: Glass Bottom Boats

The Springs closed as a private attraction, then reopened in October 2013 as a nature park. Look through the bottom of your glass-bottom tour boat and see the fish.

Silver Springs Nature Park

5656 E Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL
Silver Springs Nature Park. I-75 exit 352, then east on Hwy 40 for about nine miles. On the south side, just after the intersection of Baseline and Hwy 40.
Adults $5.00
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We came down for the day during Spring Break. The glass-bottom boat tour is great, and still the main draw. If you have your own boat or paddleboard to put in, you'll love it. It appears that they are renovating part of the park for new exhibits, but other than the boat tour and the trails it's pretty much a quiet place to visit. Wild Waters wasn't open yet. I imagine when both are open it's a better time to come because there would be more to do.

[Kat, 04/14/2016]
Silver Springs: Glass Bottom Boats

This was something from our youth. It was fun to visit it again. Definitely worth the $10 admission to ride the glass bottom boat, even though you can't understand a word the man is saying. The state park system took over Silver Springs to save the springs. I hope they can bring it back to its original luster. Stop in and support this fun attraction.

[broekhof, 04/10/2014]
Silver Springs - Sobek the Alligator

Silver Springs is alive and well today. We are residents and buy a year round pass every couple of years. It comes with admission also to Wild Waters, right across the parking lot. We like to go to Silver Springs, watch a few shows and take a couple of boat rides, then walk over to wild waters to cool off. It really is a great deal for those who live in the area, and one of the cheaper attractions for visitors. It is also great for homeschooling parents, because of the wealth of information that can be learned from the different exhibitions, such as the free flying bird show or the reptile shows.

They also have one of the oldest and biggest alligators in captivity, named Sobek. He barely moves and almost looks fake, but we've been there often enough to know that he is indeed, in a different location than the last time.

[Amy, 09/13/2008]
Lewie the Kodiak Bear mauls Silver Springs worker

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report absolved Silver Springs of any fault in the May 1st mauling of a worker, by Lewie, a Kodiak bear. Lewie, an inhabitant in the park's "World of Bears" attraction since 1997, grabbed keeper Jessica Metz through two barriers and proceeded to gnaw on her arm.... [05/31/2004] Complete News Story

Silver Springs Gatorman

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The Gatorman greets children at Silver Springs, home of glass bottom boats and reptile shows. Gatorman is a distant relative of the creatures that yank misbehaving Florida suburbs children down into the swamp and eat them whole.

[Gail Archibald, 09/25/1999]

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