Florida is FULL of Natural Springs, aka crystal clear waters, but Silver Springs offers one VERY unique thing that the other natural springs won't have... WILD MONKEYS (along with a few extra AMAZING things that you need to know about, so check out our travel blog and our YouTube video too)!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
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Whether you're planning a vacation to Florida (see all our Florida videos), or maybe you live here, and you are looking for things to do or see... Silver Springs Florida State Park (see our photos) should be at the TOP of your list! And no... this isn't your 'average' State Park and I'm about to tell you why in this travel blog!
When you visit Silver Springs, it has something that is EXTREMELY unique, more so than any other state park that you will have visited in the US... WILD MONKEYS! And not to mention, it sits on top of an incredibly clear natural spring that you can see straight to the bottom, but also a few more amazing perks, that I will talk about below!
On our recent Adventure to Silver Springs (see our full video) in Florida, we FINALLY got to see the infamous Wild Monkeys that everyone has been buzzing about! This has been on my personal Adventure Bucket List since we moved down to Florida... that's been since 2014🤦♀️. Here's the kicker... we didn't see the Monkeys the 'traditional' way (via hiking or kayaking), we saw them on our jet ski's (see the full video). Talk about making a visit to a unique park, that much more unique!
Enough about that, here's some things we think you should know prior to visiting Silver Springs ⬇⬇⬇
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I don't necessarily mean in case of danger, but more along the lines of catching a glimpse at all the critters running around... or swimming.... or flying! While we were on our jet ski's, we saw a TON of wildlife, but I know we also missed a ton of those critters too. So, make sure your head is on a swivel and be looking all around... especially up in the trees and down below in the water. You never know when you will spot those Wild Monkeys or a curious Manatee!
There are actually a couple reasons why we suggest you visit Silver Springs in the morning... - The wildlife is more active - Beat the crowd (especially on the weekends/ holidays - go during the week if possible... trust us, it can get insanely busy on the weekends) - Beat the heat (summer time) - Make certain you can get a kayak/ canoe (there is a limit & cutoff time to launch) - Beat the '4pm' weather rain clouds (primarily summer time)
In the 'winter' time, believe it or not, temperatures can get pretty crispy cold in Florida, especially under the forest canopy. So be sure to dress according to the temperatures. That also goes for summer time as well! It will be extremely muggy and the sun will fry you like a lobster if you're not dressed appropriately... trust me... we learned the hard way 😬
Since we are on a 'suggestions list', here are the items we took with us on our jet ski's:
Why?? you ask... they are wild and will start to depend on humans to feed them & once the animal gets used to being fed by humans... they will try to approach you and other people, mouths wide open like baby birds... only with extremely large and scary teeth 😱
This was a swimmable spring but they have changed that and sadly this isn't an option at the spring head itself. I'll be honest... after seeing all the alligators in the crystal clear water, ya... I'm not sure I'm ready for that, I'll be keeping all my limbs on my water vessel, at all times haha!
A whopping $2 per person... excellent price for some amazing entertainment!
The best and easiest way to get to Silver Springs is to rent a car if you're coming from out of state/country (we suggest using Expedia). If renting a car is NOT an option, you can catch an Uber, Lyft or taxi, but this can get a little expensive depending on the distance.
Here are some major cities near by and the distance from each
(from the city center to Silver Springs):
Orlando Florida to Silver Springs = 83 miles
Gainesville = 40 miles
Daytona Beach = 70 miles
St Augustine = 77 miles
Jacksonville = 103 miles
Tampa = 104 miles
Clearwater = 126 miles
Tallahassee = 188
QUICK TIP: There are 2 entrances - one for the camping areas & the other for the main spring head area (see the address' here)
**IF ON A WATER VESSEL - We explain our launch location and how to get to the spring head over to our video (see it here)
This is another reason why we suggest visiting Silver Springs... there are SO MANY THINGS TO DO and to keep you entertained for nearly the whole day!
The park generally opens at 8am and closes at 5:30 pm, and I can't stress this enough... the earlier you get there, the better (if you're traveling by car... not water vessel)!
QUICK TIP: They close the rentals down around noon/1 pm, so get there early if possible to be able to enjoy the spring!
QUICK TIP #2: Check TripAdvisor & Groupon to see if there are any coupons to SAVE SOME MULA on these excursions
QUICK TIP #3: The early bird gets the worm... and see's more active wildlife! So get there early if possible
QUICK TIP #4: The weekends can get SUPER crowded, try going during the week or first thing in the a.m.
QUICK TIP #5: You can bring in your own food but they do have a full service restaurant on site (see menu here)
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