Glass Bottom Boats have wowed visitors to Silver Springs since the 1870s with breathtaking views of underwater life and the many springs that feed the Silver River. In fact, the Glass Bottom Boat was invented here! Take a tour aboard one of our historic Glass Bottom Boats and marvel at the beauty and sheer size of Mammoth Spring, the river’s head spring. You’ll explore many other beautiful feeder springs and see countless species of fish, ancient Native American and Spanish artifacts and even underwater movie props from the days when Hollywood productions flourished at the park!
Our new all-accessible Glass Bottom Boat, the Chief Potackee, operates five days a week, Thursday through Monday, weather permitting. Wheelchairs may be accommodated aboard the Chief Potackee, with departures every 30 to 45 minutes. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs on board our other Glass Bottom Boats due to the historic nature of the boats. For guests who are able to transfer to our historic boats, we are happy to assist them.
We do not allow pets on board. Service animals are permitted.
*Boat schedules subject to change and cancellation due to inclement weather and or other safety issues.
To participate in this activity, one must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion, board and disembark from the boat independently or with the assistance of a companion, and sit on a moving vessel independently or with the assistance of a companion. In the event of a capsize one must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft independently and right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal flotation device. Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion. Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for as long as one chooses to attend. Must have the ability to traverse stairsteps and sloped ramps independently or with the assistance of a companion.t