Combining mixed forests, sand hills, and hardwood hammocks together, and containing fifteen miles of hiking trails, a Cracker Village, the Silver River Museum, a 138-species botanical garden, easy access to the world famous glass-bottomed boats of the Silver Springs Nature Theme and Zoological Park, and five thousand acres of wildlife including black bears, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer, armadillos, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, wild boars, Rhesus monkeys, water turkeys, egrets, ospreys, herons, alligators, and more, Silver River State Park is one of Florida’s newest State Parks.
Ocali Cracker Country Days Festival:
Among the many activities found at the Silver River State Park, and celebrated the second weekend of November, the Ocali Cracker Country Days Festival provides folk tales, hay rides, quilting events, pony rides, antique automobiles, a Native American Indian camp, a Confederate encampment, and wood carvings that demonstrate how the early pioneer settlers of the state lived.
Silver Springs contains one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world and hosts an annual 5K Run For Autism, an annual NPD All-GM Classic Automobile Show, the Ocala Scottish Highland Games, a Celtic Festival, a 5K “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Run, an annual Corvette Show, an annual Harley Owners Group Toy Run For Children, an annual Ford Mustang Roundup, the Fort King George River Cruise along interactive exhibits, a Seminole Indian village, an archaeological excavation site, the 1830s Fort King, and the July 4th Lee Greenwood Salute To America Show.
“Wings of the Springs”:
Silver Springs presents many family oriented shows including the “Wings of the Springs,” at the Silver River Showcase Theater, a dramatic bird show featuring tropical parrots, magnificent raptors, eagles, owls, falcons, ducks, chickens, and vultures.
For the little more adventurous a non-venomus snake show conducted on the property of Silver Springs offers visitors an opportunity to pet a variety of snakes while learning about their roles in rodent control, and Creature Feature highlights Egyptian fruit bats, emporer scorpions, tarantulas, praying mantises, Giant Neotropical Toads, and daily crocodile and alligator feedings.
Silver River State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34470
This Article was compiled from several websites that provide much more information about the Silver River State Park and Silver Springs including: