Silver Springs State Park

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Mark Kosinski Landscape and Nature Photographer Silver Springs State Park We took a day trip to the Ocala area to visit Silver Springs State Park. The springs refer to a group of artesian springs and a historic tourist attraction. In the early to mid 1800’s it began attracting visitors from across the United States.  Glass bottom boat tours began in the 1870’s. During the 1920s, W. Carl Ray and W.M. “Shorty” Davidson leased the land from Ed Carmichael (upon his death the springs were donated to the University of Florida).  They developed the land around the headwaters of the Silver River into an attraction that became known as Silver Springs Nature Theme Park. The attraction featured native animal exhibits, amusement …