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Silver Springs State Park – Glass Bottom Boat Tours

April 11, 2020 by Corey A Edwards

Alligator basking at Silver Springs State ParkSilver Springs State Park is well known for its natural springs, copious wildlife, glass-bottomed boats, and more. This popular and famous outdoor destination has been attracting visitors since the 1820’s and is only an hour’s drive of our North Florida inn, Hampton Lake Bed and Breakfast.

Silver Springs State Park, previously Silver River State Park, opened to the public in 1987 but has been a tourist attraction, some say Florida’s first, since the 1800’s. Even the park’s most famous feature – glass bottomed boat tours – is over 100 years old, having first been offered in 1870! In fact, Silver Springs is the birthplace of glass bottomed boats.

Silver Springs State Park is located on the Silver River, just west of Ocala National Forest. The 4,000-acre park includes the entire 5-mile Silver River and the sandhill forest that surrounds it.

The park now promotes its vast collection of natural habitats and eco-tourism activities showcasing Silver Springs. Springsfest, one of its biggest annual events, celebrates the efforts to protect and restore all Florida springs and waterways.

Lots of things have changed since those early days but one thing remains a constant: Silver Springs’ popularity.

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Explore Santa Fe Swamp WMA Conservation Area

October 26, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Florida's Santa Fe Swamp WMAGet out into wild Florida with a visit to Santa Fe Swamp! The Santa Fe Swamp WMA is a wildlife and environmental conservation area just minutes away from our North Central Florida B&B. Visitors to the conservation area enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, fishing, and more.

There are endless reasons to come and enjoy the rewards of a Florida getaway. One is a chance to get out and see some of the Sunshine State’s rich and resplendent wildlife.

The Starke/Hampton Lake area offers a number of opportunities to do so, with a variety of lakes, state forests, and conservation areas to explore. One such popular location is the Santa Fe Swamp WMA.

What is a WMA?

WMA stands for “Wildlife Management Area.” Florida has more than 5.8 million acres of WMA land across the state. WMA’s are conservation areas overseen by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in partnership with other governmental or private landowners.

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