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SILVER SPRINGS RIVER STATE PARK

Silver Springs, FL

Well here we are at a different springs which is different in many ways. The campgrounds are very quiet day and night almost like being in a library so it's very relaxing and soothing but not sure πŸ€” if I should break the solitude with playing my whistle. In two weeks we will be going to an Irish πŸ€ festival and need to be top of my game just in case so should put in some whistle time somewhere. Here there are mostly retirees in RVs and trailers escaping ravages of winter ❄️ not large groups of locals out to party πŸŽ‰ and get drunk 😡 through the weekend with their kids running wild everywhere . So more space for privacy, modern facilities, lots of walking 🚢 and riding trails and best of all the bath houses are immaculate, and shower water so hot you have to back it off...so what's there not to like?
Separate from the campgrounds ⛺️ which you have a short drive to is the springs and it's few attractions.The Springs themselves have a huge parking lot with a closed down water park with old slides and a big wave pool. This place has quite a history and was run as a private business up to the seventies then it was taken over by the state after going bankrupt. In its heyday, many Tarzan movies were made here. It had a zoo, beautiful gardens, diving towers, many concerts at a large outside amphitheater and of course the ongoing tradition of the glass bottom boats. Going for a ride on the glass bottom boat was very relaxing and was a pleasant surprise especially seeing all the wild monkeys πŸ’ which Mary totally loved! You can also see wild life along the shore as well under the water. We saw 2 sunken boats dated 500 yrs ago, and sunken statues...pretty awesome! Walking the grounds you can't help but get the feeling of the place fading from it's glory days when admission was $60. And if you were actually looking into the past, may find a few ghosts thrown in. It gave me a sad, but warm feeling. I am so glad we put this place on our long list of places to visit.

Silver Springs Park with glass bottom boat
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Looking at Interesting sea life and sunken boats
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John looking for his mermaid
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Monkeys everywhere!
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Lots of turtles around
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Outside Concert pavilion, a grandeur from the past
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Mary relaxing after a hike
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Posted by Bananawind2016 16:07

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