Silver Springs was the original tourist destination of the Ocala area dating back into the mid 1800s. It became so popular that “Florida’s first tourist attraction” became commercialized and became the hub of Silver Springs Nature Theme Park. Silver Springs is the site of one of the world’s largest artesian spring formations and produces 550 million gallons of water a day. The Springs forms the Silver River.
Silver Springs is actually a collection of seven springs. The largest of these and the focal point of Silver Springs is Mammoth Springs, which forms the pool and starting point of the famous Glass Bottom Boats. The setting here has been utilized for countless iconic films and television shows, including the Tarzan and Creature from the Black Lagoon films and the popular 60s TV show Sea Hunt.
Unlike the other springs on the byway, this spring is not a recreation area. To see this spring you have to enter through the Nature Park. However, the springs are currently accessible to canoeists and kayakers from Silver River.