Silver Springs State Park is open seven days a week. Glass Bottom Boat tours and Paddling Adventures canoe and kayak rentals are operating. Federal law now requires all passengers and crew to wear facemasks on Glass Bottom Boat tours. Please note we are not yet offering shuttle service from Ray Wayside Park.

We are taking precautions to help ensure your safe visit, but we need your help. Please observe social distancing guidelines at all times during your visit to the park, and face masks are encouraged (required on Glass Bottom Boat tours). Remember, we’re in this together!

Step into history

The Cracker Village is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement and is available for exploration at Silver Springs State Park. 

Come discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida “piney woods.”  This collection of buildings represents a small “Cracker” settlement dating to the 1890s. 

A typical homestead of the time would have included a cabin and outbuildings such as a barn, pantry, smokehouse, and outhouse. Schoolhouses, churches, and blacksmith shops would have been found in settlements that homesteaders visited to attend social gatherings and barter for supplies. 

Tours are given on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. During the tour, the Village’s buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith’s forge will be fired up! The Cracker Village is located inside the Campground Entrance across from the Silver River Museum. 

Reinactment at Cracker Village Silver Springs State Park

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