Located in the central and charming Ocala, Florida, Silver Springs State Park has been a natural landmark since the 1870s. As Florida’s first tourist attraction and one of the largest artesian springs in the world, the park quickly became renowned for the Glass Bottom Boat tours: guided boat rides where guests could travel around the spring on a vessel with a clear bottom in order to view life underwater. Today, visitors still enjoy the Glass Bottom Boat tours on top of the same crystal springs that have been inviting admirers for decades and sustaining a wealth of aquatic life.

Silver Springs is often called the gateway to the Ocala National Forest, the second largest, most southern National Forest east of the Mississippi. The springs feeds into the Silver River, a 4.5 mile stream that flows east from the springs to the Ocklawaha river.

Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1971, Silver Springs State Park and the surrounding areas offer a wealth of cultural and historical significance. Dating back to the 1500s, indian settlers resided around Silver Springs, a tangible reminder of their presence, a dugout canoe, can be seen resting on the bed of the Silver River. Years later, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto moved to the area, his visit is thought to be the first European to experience the park.

Today, Silver Springs State Park is proud to offer a vast collection of natural habitats and eco tourism activities  that showcase our celebrated springs. Open 9 AM – sunset, 365 days a year, wWe are excited to host you and welcome your inquires, 352-261-5840.

September 8th thru September 30th 2015:
Lundy Building (Town Center) 9:00am – 5:00pm
30 Minute Glass Bottom Boats: 10:00am – 5:00pm (last boat leaves the dock at 5:00pm)
90 Minute Glass Bottom Boat: 10:30am, 1:00 and 3:00pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Kayak and Canoes: 9:00am – 5:00pm (last rental at 4:00pm) vessels must be back to the launch area no later than 5:00pm

October 1st thru October 31, 2015
Lundy Building (Town Center) 9:00am – 4:30pm
30 Minute Glass Bottom Boats: 10:00am – 4:30pm (last boat leaves the dock at 4:30pm)
90 Minute Glass Bottom Boat: 10:30am and 1:00pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Kayak and Canoes: 9:00am – 4:30pm (last rental at 3:30pm) vessels must be back to the launch area no later than 4:30pm

November 1 thru February 11, 2015-2016
Lundy Building (Town Center) 9:00am – 4:00pm
30 Minute Glass Bottom Boats: 10:00am – 4:00pm (last boat leaves the dock at 4:00pm)
90 Minute Glass Bottom Boat: 10:30am and 1:00pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Kayak and Canoes: 9:00am – 4:00pm (last rental at 3:00pm) vessels must be back to the launch area no later than 4:00pm

February 12 thru March 12,  2016
Lundy Building (Town Center) 9:00am – 4:30pm
30 Minute Glass Bottom Boats: 10:00am – 4:30pm (last boat leaves the dock at 4:30pm)
90 Minute Glass Bottom Boat: 10:30am and 1:00pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Kayak and Canoes: 9:00am – 4:30pm (last rental at 3:30pm) vessels must be back to the launch area no later than 4:30pm

March 13 thru May 17,  2016
Lundy Building (Town Center) 9:00am – 5:00pm
30 Minute Glass Bottom Boats: 10:00am – 5:00pm (last boat leaves the dock at 5:00pm)
90 Minute Glass Bottom Boat: 10:30am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Kayak and Canoes: 9:00am – 5:00pm (last rental at 4:00pm) vessels must be back to the launch area no later than 5:00pm

May 18 thru September 5th 2016
Lundy Building (Town Center) 9:00am – 6:00pm
30 Minute Glass Bottom Boats: 10:00am – 6:00pm (last boat leaves the dock at 6:00pm)
90 Minute Glass Bottom Boat: 10:30am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Kayak and Canoes: 9:00am – 6:00pm (last rental at 5:00pm) vessels must be back to the launch area no later than 6:00pm