Silver Springs

Silver Springs July 2015-194When I hear the name Silver Springs, I immediately think of the theme park and glass bottom boats. I also think of Tarzan and Swampy creatures.

Silver Springs is one of the world’s largest artesian springs, gushing millions of gallons of clear water to form the Silver River, a 4½-mile stretch that feeds the Ocklawaha River and eventually the St. Johns.

Glass-bottom boats were invented here in the 1870s, and in the 1920s the theme park was created, many call it Florida’s first tourist attraction.

First time I remember going there I was probably 10 or 11. My Family went on one of the glass bottom boats at Silver Springs and to the other theme park that used to be there “Six Gun Territory”. It was a happy memory. My family was happy, playful, and together.

I have spent ALLOT of time  in Silver Springs over the last few years and made some pretty good friends. But I got to go back down the river recently and that was a new memory I will treasure. I watched other happy families walking the park, and riding the boats. Little children in awe of the fish in the clear blue water. And I was taken back to being a young girl, safe and happy next to my Gramma, mesmerized by the fish in the bright blue water.

Most of the fish are smaller now and seems to be more gators and turtles then I remembered. Also unfortunately didn’t see the monkeys which apparently moved a little North of where they used to be. In case you are scratching your head, wondering what monkeys I am referring to….Legend has it that when Tarzan was filmed there way back when, and some of the Rhesus monkeys escaped and have been breeding ever since. The film company tried to dispel the story and claims that no monkeys were brought to the Florida location.  Many believe that they were brought here instead in the 1930s by tour operator Colonel Tooey looking to exploit the popularity of them after the Tarzan movies aired. Either way there are monkeys roaming around Florida that weren’t here before. And in either scenario they have had over 80 years to multiply and the estimate is well over 1000.

In 1971 Silver Springs was designated as a National Natural Landmark.

Silver Springs was a location for the following films:

1. Legend (1985)

2. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

3. Thunderball (1965)

4. Never Say Never Again (1983)

5. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

6. Moonraker (1979)

7. I Spy (1965 TV Series)

8. The Yearling (1946)

9. Cross Creek (1983)

10. Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

11. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)

12. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Time Fuse (1960)

13. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Ghost Light (1960)

14. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: The Missing Link (1960)

15. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: The Catalyst (1960)

16. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Underwater Beacon (1960)

17. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: The Briefcase (1959)

18. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Treasure Hunt (1959)

19. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Changing Patterns (1960)

20. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Ransom (1959)

21. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Cross Current (1960)

22. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: The Invader (1960)

23. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Dock Fire (1959)

24. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: The Big Dive (1958)

25. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Sacred Pool (1960)

26. Sea Hunt (1958 TV Series)
Episode: Sea Serpent (1959)

27. Revenge of the Creature (1955)

28. Smokey and the Bandit Part 3 (1983)

29. Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

30. Jupiter’s Darling (1955)

31. Zaat (1971)

32. Sam Whiskey (1969)

33. Distant Drums (1951)

34. The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

35. The Frogmen (1951)

36. 99 and 44/100% Dead (1974)

37. Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

38. Moon Over Miami (1941)

39. Underwater! (1955)

40. Tarzan’s Secret Treasure (1941)

41. Blindfold (1965)

42. Signal Lost (2013)

43. The Barefoot Mailman (1951)

44. Down to the Sea (1936)

45. Counterspy (1958 TV Movie)

46. Shayne of the Jungle (2015 Short Film)

47. Glimpses of Florida (1941 Documentary)

48. Water Wisdom (1943 Short Film)

Silver Springs is great for birding too, over 130 species have been spotted there. We only caught a few….

 

We were also able to get a few gators and allot of turtles….

Only able to get a silhouette of the alligator gar, and the bubbles that these little bugs (I think they are baby dragon flies) made as they swept across the water…

But, I did get a cool reflection of the cloud that looked like a face…

Silver Springs July 2015-193

And also got a pretty good one looking down at the large spring…

Silver Springs July 2015-139

But the main reason to go is just the beauty of it, the relaxing breeze, the cold water, the peace. And if you are lucky enough to have great company, cool tunes, and a camera……..WOW!

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3 thoughts on “Silver Springs

  • March 28, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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    I realize this is a very old post so not sure you will see this reply. However I wanted to thank you for sharing all the wonderful pictures of Silver Springs, Florida. My parents spent many winters in Silver Springs in their motorhome. I never got to visit there, but they loved that area of Florida. Dad said it felt a lot more like camping in the Adirondack Mountains of NYState than any other place in Florida. I grew up tent camping in the Adirondacks and dad had a hard time adjusting to going to Florida in the winter until they found Silver Springs. I am dreaming of the day I might get to finally travel in an old rv for months at a time, I would actually love to do it full time but my spouse isn’t interested. I finally told him I will go without him. Now just need to do it!

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    • March 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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      Thank you Kat, I am happy that you found them and that I was able to share them with you. I LOVE silver Springs and the surrounding area. Many people choose to RV there, one reason I think is location, as you can go from Atlantic coast to Gulf coast on highway 40 (In only about an hour either way)or jump on I75 or I95 and go anywhere you want easily. The area kinda caters to RVers too with many parks and outdoor activities. I don’t get down there near as often as I used too or want too, but such is life 🙁 As for you going alone, I never advocate splitting a good relationship. That said however there are many many many solo women RVers these days. I myself had a relationship that I hung onto many years with a promise that one day we would go fulltime. Very happy to have my freedom to do it now but wish I hadn’t waited. Who knows maybe I’ll see you on the road someday.

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  • September 19, 2015 at 3:09 am
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    I loved your pictures…
    You have captured so nicely…:)

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