An incredible natural resource exists in Silver Glen Springs Florida. It is where strangers become friends, and families come together to make memories. Visitors feel the stress of everyday life melt away.
This place is Silver Glen Springs. Wander through lush forests with moss-covered trees, blue-green springs, and streams that flow past craggy rocks and ancient cypress trees. You’ll find yourself exploring secret ravines, climbing over fallen logs, fording small creeks, and listening to waterfalls all around you… no matter where you look.
As early as the 1700s, explorers were drawn to the mineral-rich waters at Silver Glen Springs. Later they discovered the waters contained high concentrations of sulfur and iron. The springs first came under the control of the health and tourist industry in the early 20th century.
In 1904, the Florida State Board of Health purchased the springs to use as a health resort. They built the original pavilion at the springs’ edge. Later they built several cottages for guests, and the springs soon became a popular tourist attraction.
The springs were briefly closed during the Great Depression but reopened as a public park in 1941. The park closed again during World War II but reopened in 1946. Later upgrades included the addition of a waterslide and bathhouse.
How to Get to Silver Glen Springs
Silver Glen Springs Florida is south of Silver Springs State Park, north of Ocala, on the Silver River. Take Interstate 75 to exit 288, then go east on Silver Springs Boulevard. The Silver Glen Springs parking lot is on the road’s left side. Parking is free at Silver Glen Springs, but the lot can fill up quickly on the weekends. Arrive early if you want a guaranteed spot at the springs. During the summer months, Silver Glen Springs is open daily from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Activities at Silver Glen Springs Florida
As you make your way to the water’s edge, you’ll find a rope swing that you can use to splash into the crystal clear waters, or you can use the rocks to jump in from above. There are several trails that branch off from the main path to the springs.
Bring your swimmers and head to the rope swing, then go for a dip in the warm waters of the springs. If you’d prefer a warmer dip, visit one of the tropical-themed hot tubs nearby. There’s a large hot tub that can fit about eight people and two smaller ones that can accommodate two or three people. There are also two waterslides — one for smaller children and one for teens and adults. There’s a small concession stand where you can purchase food and drinks.
Tips for Visiting Silver Glen Springs
- Entry to Silver Glen Springs is free. However, there is a parking fee of $10 per vehicle.
- Bring sunscreen, towels and a swimsuit. Be sure to apply sunscreen early in the day as it takes longer to be absorbed into the skin.
- Silver Glen Springs is quieter in the mornings, so if you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, plan to visit during this time.
- Bring a change of clothes for the ride home. You don’t want to get caught in traffic with wet bathing suits in the car.
- If you’re visiting with children, ensure they know not to drink the water from the spring.
- Visit during the off-season months of May and October, as the park can get very busy during the summer.
- Bring cash with you as there is no ATM on-site.
Final Words: Where to Stay and What to Bring
If you’d like to stay nearby, try the Silver Springs Hotel or one of the other nearby hotels. If you’re bringing a car, get there early in the day to secure a parking spot. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt if you plan to visit Silver Glen Springs during the off-season months.
Even though it’s in Florida, the mornings can be pretty chilly. Silver Glen Springs is located 2 miles south of Silver Springs State Park, 25 miles north of Ocala. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer.