Silver Springs trip planner
Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free
day by day itinerary for free
Silver Springs is an unincorporated community in Marion County, Florida, United States. It is the site of Silver Springs, a group of artesian springs and a historic tourist attraction that is now part of Silver Springs State Park. The community is part of the Ocala metropolitan area.One of Florida's first tourist attractions, the springs drew visitors even before the U.S. Civil War. Glass-bottom boats have been a popular way to see the 242acre complex. A small amusement park with various animals, a concert stage, a carousel, and exhibits also developed.HistorySilver Springs was founded in 1852.Since the mid-19th century, the natural environment of Silver Springs has attracted visitors from throughout the United States. Glass-bottom boat tours of the springs began in the late 1870s. In the 1920s, W. Carl Ray and W.M. "Shorty" Davidson, after leasing the land from Ed Carmichael (upon whose death the springs were left to the University of Florida), developed the land around the headwaters of the Silver River into an attraction that eventually became known as Silver Springs Nature Theme Park. The attraction featured native animal exhibits, amusement rides, and 30 or 90-minute glass-bottom boat tours of the springs. In 2013, the State of Florida took over operations of Silver Springs and combined it with the adjacent Silver River State Park to form the new Silver Springs State Park. The T. W. Randall House on the National Register of Historic Places is located to the northeast.Find what you're looking for from your Silver Springs holiday, by planning the whole thing with us using our handy United States online trip planner.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
Plan your trip to Silver Springs
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Silver Springs
Places to visit with Silver Springs
OrlandoTrip planner BEST FOR: Disney Park / Activity, Theme Park, Water Park Key WestTrip planner BEST FOR: Landmark, Specialty Museum, Parasailing / Paragliding IslamoradaTrip planner BEST FOR: Scuba / Snorkeling, Fishing Charter / Tour, Swim with Dolphins Key LargoTrip planner BEST FOR: Scuba / Snorkeling, State Park, Swim with Dolphins Everglades National ParkTrip planner BEST FOR: World heritage site, Wildlife Area, Hiking Trail
Recently planned trips to Silver Springs
9 days in Silver Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Silver Glen Springs Juniper Springs Recreation Area Hontoon Island State Park 44 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Crystal River Ocala Silver Springs 8 days in Florida BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Crystal River Ocala Silver Springs 3 days in Ocala & Silver Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Ocala Silver Springs 1 day in Flagler Beach, Mulberry & Silver Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Flagler Beach Mulberry Silver Springs 4 days in Silver Springs BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Silver Springs