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Silver Springs Becomes State Park

One of Florida’s oldest tourist attraction is becoming a state park.

Silver Springs Nature Theme Park first opened its doors in 1878 with glass bottomed boat rides as its main attraction.

It’s best known to some as the filming location for the original Tarzan movies starring Johnny Weissmuller.

Over the years the theme park added wildlife and theme park rides, but it has not been able to compete with the large Orlando-area theme parks for quite sometime.

In fact, attendance numbers at Silver Springs have declined steadily since the advent of the interstate.

That in addition to a growing nitrate pollution issue led the state of Florida to buyout the park for $4 million.

Silver Springs will be officially handed over to the state on September 30th, 2013.

The following day it will reopen as Silver Springs State Park.

Famous Glass Bottomed Boats Remain

While the animals have been removed and the theme park rides are being dismantled, the famous glass bottomed boats as well as a popular summer concert series will remain as the theme park transitions into a state park.

As of today the theme park is closed and undergoing renovations for its October 1st debut.

The transformation period will continue after the park is opened.

The state is currently raising funds to help tackle the pollution problem and bring back the crystal clear waters that once made Silver Springs so famous.

When the new park opens on October 1st, there will be a $5 charge for cars and a yet-to-be determined fare for glass bottom boat rides.

By Marie Ospina
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