Glass Bottom Boats and Wild Monkeys at Silver Springs State Park
From sunken Spanish rowboats to wading alligators, Silver Springs is filled with adventure. Not only does this park have wild monkeys but it also is home to one of the largest springs in country!
By the 1930s, Silver Springs grew to become a popular tourist attraction. Captain Tooey wanted to expand his jungle cruise so he introduced monkeys into the park area. These monkeys have been able to maintain life around the springs ever since.
Silver Springs State Park spans over 4,000 acres in central Florida. The nearly 5-mile Silver River flows through the park with all of its spring heads along the water. The park was once part of ABC studios filming locations. Which is why this film has been in notable films such as Smokey and the Bandit III, Creature from the Black Lagoon and many more.
The park has sunken Cypress trees, a Spanish rowboat, and a Native American canoe among other things beneath the water. The glass bottom tours depict all of these things under the water.
Violet Sky’s Visit
The glass bottom boat tour was absolutely wonderful! The sunken boat along with bountiful fish made the excursion very interesting! I loved the part where the boat captain fed the fish and they all came up to the bottom of the boat.
Although I was not able to see any monkeys on my visit, it was still interesting to learn about their history within the park.
How to Visit
Silver Springs State Park is located 5656 E. Silver Springs Boulevard. There is an admission fee into the park and a separate fee for the glass bottom boat tour. Walking trails lead around the park and offer beautiful views of the springs. For more information visit the official state park website here.
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