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“Silver Glen Springs - Great spring for families with small children”

Ocala National Forest
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Umatilla
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: National parkland consisting of 383,220 acres of various landscapes, including highlands, coastal lowlands, swamps, springs, lakes and ponds.
Reviewed 20 August 2010

We visited Silver Glen Spring during a vacation in north-central Florida. We originally planned to go to Salt Springs about 10 miles from Silver Glen, but when the staff at the gate saw we had 2 small children with us, they recommended SIlver Glen because Salt Springs did not have a shallow entry to the spring. We were thrilled with Silver Glen! It looks like a lagoon you would see on Gilligan's Island.... clear blue water, lots of big fish, great snorkeling. During our trip, we visited 5 springs, and this was by far our favorite. The entry to the spring is very shallow and there are some shady spots from the trees bordering the spring. The swimming area is wide and for the most part, under 4 ft. deep except for just over the water source, so kids have plenty of room to splash and play. The only drawback was that the floor of the spring consisted mainly of shells in many parts, which hurt little feet, so water-shoes are recommended for smaller children. Staff was friendly, the park was clean. There were some hiking trails too. No playground, but the kids were busy enough in the water. A concession stand sells snacks and water toys.Toilets were unfortunately just port-a-potties.

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Reviewed 27 July 2010

While vacationing in the Ocala National Forest with my wife and three children, we decided as one of the many things to do, was tour the beautiful springs within the forest boundry. Salt Springs, Silver Glen Springs, Juniper Springs and Alexander Springs, all offer sub-tropical Florida at it's best, each with it's own beauty. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be Silver Glen because it is visually stunning, but with all it's beauty it has a beast within it-The Management. It seems the springs are managed by a private company, at each spring the employees were courteous and helpful and made our stay memorable, except at Silver Glen Spring. The staff seemed to delight in harrassing the visitors. After my third cooler check and rudely asked to pick up some paper that was under my picnic table, I began to watch the staff and their actions. I soon learned there were "undercover" staff dressed like visitors, spying on patrons and their activitys and reporting to the "regular" staff, you could identify the "regular" staff by the constant communication on radios, driving their golf carts hell-bent through the grounds, terrifying small childern and animals and using bullying techniques on the visitors, I felt like I was in a Gestapo internment camp. They ruined a wonderful experience.
Thumbs up to Salt, Juniper and Alexander Springs.

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