Silver Springs (Bob Giguere)

    Make Some Movies of Your Own on Location At Silver Springs

    By Bob Giguere

    Silver Springs has been seen in more than a hundred movies, from Tarzan and Creature From the Black Lagoon to the '80s James Bond flick Moonraker. Your cast and crew will likely be smaller than the ones used in those, but it's a great place to make some vacation movies. 

    Take a quiet glass-bottomed boat ride and look down into one of the world's biggest artesian springs formations. Walk through a pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center. There are cabins and campsites and hiking trails, picnic areas and a launch site for your paddling adventures. Well-mannered horses are available for guided group or individual rides through an oak forest.

    But there's something else going on here, too.

    Silver Springs State Park combines the charm of a historic Florida attraction with a history reaching back before the Civil War with the crystal clear beauty of one of the last uninhabited spring runs in the state. State parks officials purchased the land under the attractions and began conducting environmental studies on the area in 1993; they took comlete control of the facilities in 2013. Today, the park is practically a case study in Florida's natural wonders, how they've been used over the decades and efforts to mitigate and repair human impact.

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