Back in the 1880s a fellow named Hullam Jones put a pane of glass in the bottom on a rowboat and charged visitors five cents each to float above the clear waters of Silver Springs.
Florida had its first tourist attraction.
Now, as with Weeki Wachee before it, it seems like Silver Springs near Ocala will become a state park.
According to news reports, the glass-bottom boats will keep sailing and the popular concert series will continue, but the petting zoo, jeep safari and amusement rides would go away.
But even when the Silver Springs becomes a state park, no one can every take away more than a century as a classic Florida attraction – as well as its history as a filming site for original Johnny Weissmuller ‘Tarzan’ movies and the Lloyd Bridges television series ‘Sea Hunt.’
If you’d like to see it while it’s still an Old Florida attraction, now’s the time to do it.
If You Go
Silver Springs Nature Park
5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd.