Silver Springs is the largest artesian spring in the world. Each day, 550 million gallons of sparkling clear water pumps forth from the spring – enough to supply New York City. It is an astonishing display of nature’s power. See for yourself. Travel to Central East Florida and stay in a nearby Ocala FL Bed and Breakfast.
One of the best ways to experience Silver Springs is to take a cruise in a glass bottom boat. The water is so clear you can see deep below you – views normally reserved for scuba divers. The U.S. Coast Guard licensed captains steer the boats to all seven of the major spring formations at the headwaters, and offer several tours.
Look for alligators and six different types of turtles at Fish Reception Hall spring, and notice the fossilized shells that date back 70 million years. Go back in time with the Fort King River Cruise, which leads passengers past a working archaeological dig, a Seminole Indian village, and a “Cracker” homestead from pioneer times. The Lost River Voyage brings you even farther back in history, along untamed riverbanks lined with ancient bald cypress trees and populated with alligators, turtles, and a variety of birds.
In addition to the phenomenal natural springs, visitors of Silver Springs can view a number of wildlife exhibits, walk through lush botanical gardens, and get the adrenaline pumping on thrilling rides. Concerts and special events also take place at Silver Springs: see Cirque Shanghai and Sea Hunt over Memorial Day Weekend, 2011.