Silver Springs, FL

Silver Springs State Park: An affordable family experience with glass-bottom boats, wildlife views, hiking, and more.

Amanda Clark-Rudolph
"I liked seeing the monkeys and baby alligator." Liam, age 3
The boardwalk at Silver Springs State Park.Photo by the author

What we loved:

  • The wooden boardwalk
  • The frog slide
  • The hiking trails

What we would have liked:

  • More play equipment
  • More food options

Basic park info:

  • Entrance cost: Adults - $2, kids 5 and under - Free
  • Glass bottom boat fee: Adults- $12, Seniors 55 and over - $11, Children 6-12 – $11, Children 5 and under ride free.
  • Address: 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL 34488
  • Hours: 8am - sunset (10am-4pm glass-bottom boat tours).

SILVER SPRINGS, FL - Silver Springs State Park is a state park that offers serene views, boardwalks, glass-bottom boat tours, and more.

One of our favorite Silver Springs family destinations, my husband, two preschool-aged sons, and I always have a great time here.

Silver Springs State Park: An affordable family experience with glass-bottom boats, wildlife views, hiking, and more.

Silver Springs State Park offers glass-bottom tours on the Silver River. This is a worthwhile experience where you can hear the Captain talk about the park's history and Florida wildlife.

While on the boat, you may see alligators, anhingas, turtles, and more!

Through the glass floor, passengers view fish, aquatic plants, and even the TV prop statues that a crew left behind after filming the '60s TV show I Spy.

In addition to the glass-bottom boat tours, my family enjoys ordering lunch from the food truck on site. (Although a bit pricey, the burgers hit the spot and were delicious.)

However, when we're trying to save a few bucks, we bring a picnic lunch and snacks to enjoy at one of the shady tables located in the park.

My boys are huge fans of the small frog slide and wooden dragonfly that kids can balance on. They also play on the wooden climbing steps around the corner.

My boys also enjoyed the short hiking trail to the right of the park entrance that leads to a boat ramp where you can rent canoes and kayaks.

If you venture to the other end of the park, you'll find more hiking trails and a pavilion with picnic tables - a perfect place to sit as my boys climb the adjacent line of boulders.

Near the pavilion, is a restroom and vending machine.

We also always make a point to walk along the wooden boardwalk that cascades through the park into the woods and over water.

On this, we've seen monkeys swinging on trees, a baby alligator in the dirt below, and many birds.

This can be quite a trek, so we appreciate the wooden benches along the way.

Another highlight was the snakes on display across from the glass-bottom boats, the rocking chairs overlooking the river, and the guitarist playing folk music for all to enjoy.

Our verdict: Silver Springs State Park is one of our favorite family destinations. It features beautiful wide-open spaces, hiking trails, boardwalks, boat rides, play equipment, wildlife, and more.

When we visit, we stay for an average of 2-3 hours and always come away with memorable experiences.
The amphitheater at Silver Springs State Park.Photo by the author

Things to remember before you go:

  • The park has a huge parking lot with free parking.
  • The park allows you to bring your own food in the park, but it also has a food truck and vending machines available.
  • The park offers kayaking and canoe rentals
  • The park offers glass-bottom boat tours.
  • The park is open 365 days a year (rain or shine).

What are you waiting for? Head to Silver Springs State Park for an affordable - and beautiful - day out with the fam

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Hi, I'm Amanda - a freelancing mama who writes about family, travel, holidays, and more! In addition to freelancing it up, I'm a Content Coordinator for neighborhood magazines. My favorite pastimes: Writing, slurping lattes, and playing freeze tag with my two sons.

Ocala, FL

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