Silver glen springs is a perfect location for a family friendly day trip or weekender. The clear serene turquoise waters are more than inviting and the grounds boast family friendly activities.
Silver Glen Springs
Silver Glen Springs is located in the Ocala national forest. This spring is a day use only national park. Sorry guys no camping or cabins on site. Total bummer right? There are 65 million gallons of turquoise waters that flow from the two spring vents daily run nearly 1 mile to Lake George.
One of the things I loved about visiting the springs was that boats can travel up the spring run but are prohibited from entering the spring bowl. This brought a new level of life to the springs, with music and young people having fun. It reminded me of all the fun boat docking parties back home in Sydney.
Because the boat area is sectioned off to the spring bowl, you see a lot of families having fun and playing in the spring. My son loved playing in the clear waters with the fun tunes coming from the boats. He was getting his groove on.
Manatees visit the spring in the winter as a thermal refuge from the cooler waters of the St. Johns River; a wide variety of fish can be seen throughout the year.
You can’t watch your bags while swimming in the springs because of all the palm trees and forest that surrounds the waters. Be mindful of what you want to bring into the park. We took a few photos and then threw our valuables back into the car.
Word of warning. Make sure you go to Silver Glen Springs, not Silver Springs. There is no swimming at Silver Springs. We learned that the hard way. Unfortunately we were not the only ones. I saw multiple families pouring out of Silver Springs with tubes and blow up rafts having to drive out to Silver Glen Springs.
What to do at Silver Glen Springs
We were pleasantly surprised with all of the fun facilities that were available at a small spring.
The people at the spring were so friendly which I just loved. All the children were sharing toys and adults were making friends. Grilling up BBQ’s and chillaxing in the river on their blow up rafts.
Facilities at Silver Glen Springs:
- Beach Volley Ball Courts.
- Picnic tables.
- Portable Toilets. (Ewww)
- Drinking water from a tap. Not a fountain.
- Small store with burgers and ice creams.
- Canoes for hire.
- Boating (outside the spring basin.)
Canoes can be hired on site with life jackets. The rental is cheap with 2 hours for only $16. You can canoe up and down the river and see Alligators and loads of wild birds.
There are boat and house boat rentals separate to the park. I would love to spend a long weekend here on a house boat. You can also find plenty of cottages around the area to rent if you want to stay for the weekend. You will have to do all your booking prior to coming as these services are not offered by the national park.
What to pack for Silver Glen Springs
- Bug Spray. (We got a few little bites on the grass grounds.)
- Picnic Lunch.
- Floatable raft.
- Cash for the entrance fee. ($6 pp.)
- Ball to kick around, play in the water with or use for beach volleyball.
How to get to Silver Glen Springs
5301 North Highway 19
Ft. McCoy, Fl 32134