In north central Florida, explore an incredible destination just east of Ocala. Silver Springs is renowned for its largest artesian spring formations, horse ranches, crystal-clear rivers, and exciting parks and forests teeming with fascinating wildlife. At the Ocala National Forest, access the best outdoor activities nature has to offer including hiking, fishing, and river cruising. Speed down exhilarating water slides, explore historic homes, or canoe slowly down the Silver River. What are you waiting for? Discover the best Silver Springs has to offer.
Silver Springs Nature Theme Park
Cruise on a glass bottom boat down the Silver River to get up close to intriguing fish, turtles, and alligators, or join the Fort King River Cruise and journey through Silver Springs' 10,000 year history. You'll love wildlife exhibits like Big Gator Lagoon, Panther Prowl, or World of Bears, featuring two acres teeming with North American black bears. For thrill seekers, soar 80 feet high on the Lighthouse Ride, or trek through the lush Wilderness Trail. At the botanical garden, snap photos of 138 native and exotic plants and flowers.
Cool off in Silver Springs with adrenaline-pumping water rides, body and tube slides, and a 450,000 gallon wave pool. At Wild Waters, zoom down Osceola's Revenge, dare to challenge the Silver Bullet, or get turbo charged on the wicked wild waters of the Hurricane. Young tots will have a blast making a splash in the Tad Pool free-form wadding area, or the Cool Kids Clove, a one-acre play area packed with hands-on games, majestic waterfalls and bridges.
Ocala National Forest
East of Silver Springs, explore 383,000 acres filled with sand pine scrub forests, 600 natural ponds and lakes, winding rivers, and beautiful landscapes. The second largest forest in the U.S. is a natural escape for outdoor adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Spot famous Florida black bears, wild alligators, deer and boars, or enjoy year-round outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, hiking along the Florida Trail, or off-roading through the wilderness.