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Silver Springs -
Throughout history, Silver Springs has been a timeless oasis and a place of
unparalleled natural beauty, offering respite to early settlers who drew
sustenance from its 99.8% pure artesian spring waters. In the early
1500s, Timucuan Indians settled in the area around Silver Spring which they
referred to as Ocali, a subprovince of Timucua. In 1539, the area was
invaded by Spaniards, led by Hernando de Soto, looking to exploit wealth.
After many battles, the Ocali Indians were able to retain their claimed
territory. In time, the Timucuans were succeeded by other Indian
tribes include the Seminole Indians. In 1835, Chief Osceola and the
Seminoles retreated to the southern swamps. His slashing of the peace
treaty the U.S. presented to him is the famous gesture that gained him the
respect of the Seminole Indians. In the 1850s, commerce was introduced
to the Silver Springs area as barges carried cotton, lumber and
nonperishables up the Silver River the the area's growing population.
The 6 original Tarzan movies from the 1930s and 1940s were stot at Silver
Springs, as well as "The Yearling", "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" and
more than 100 episodes of "Sea Hunt". Today, millions of guests come
to the park to enjoy nature and see the crystal clear waters that gush forth
with such force and purity.
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Silver Springs Theme Park
Two new rides and a water show have opened at
Silver Springs in time for the summer season.carries 50
people at a time nearly 80 feet into the air for a bird's-eye view of
Silver Springs, the Silver River and the area's wildlife. The ride will
feature a unique combination of a carousel and gondola ride with a
telescoping outer tower that quietly rises above Silver Springs. At night
the Lighthouse Ride will be illuminated by more than 3,500 computer
controlled Turbo-Lights encircling the tower and flashing sequentially
Fort King River Cruise
- passengers travel back through Silver Springs' 10,000 year history and
encounter interactive sites and exhibits beginning with a working
archaeological dig site. Other scenes on the riverbanks include a Seminole
village, the 1830s Fort King Army stockade, a late-1800s riverboat dock
and train depot, and an authentic Florida pioneer settlement. The last
exhibit is a movie set representing the many classic films and TV shows
that have been shot at Silver Springs since the early 1900s.
- Also now open is Silver Springs' new Fantastic Fountains water show.
Presented throughout the day inside the remodeled Fantastic Theater, the
show features 1,045 water jets and 17 water features inside a 5,600 gallon
tank that spray out more than 1,000 gallons of water per minute. The
fast-paced program will produce a series of fountains and water designs
that jump, twist and twirl in synchronization to a dazzling light show and
musical score of patriotic music and hits from the '50s.
Glass Bottom Boats
- offering passengers an unparalleled view of the underwater life in the
Silver River. Invented in 1878, these boats take guests on a
dramatic tour of 7 major spring formations.
Fort King River Cruise
- a journey into Silver Springs' 10,000 year history with sightings of
native Florida wildlife
Lost River Voyage
- Transporting guests back in time to wild Florida as it was thousands of
years ago. Cypress trees line the banks of the river where
alligators, heron and osprey bask.
- the largest exhibit of its kind in the US.
Bears exhibited in naturalistic outdoor habitats include brown bears,
Asiatic black bears, spectacled bears
and North American black bears.
- offers guests the unique opportunity to see, photograph and learn about
North America's largest wild cats.
Big Gator Lagoon
- More than 3 dozen of Florida's largest alligators are on exhibit in a 1
acre natural cypress swamp featuring fresh spring water and basking areas.
Alligator & Crocodile Encounter
- the second largest collection of crocodilian species in the U.S.
13 of the world's 23 species of alligators, crocodiles, caimens and
gavials are displayed.
- believed to be the world's largest American crocodile in the care of
man, resides in his habitat on Cypress Point. The reptile measures
16 fee and weighs nearly 2000 pounds.
Reptiles of the World
- featuring a collection of reptiles from 4 continents. Guests are
enthralled when reptile handlers give an educational presentation
dispelling some of the myths about these fascinating cold-blooded animals.