Upcoming Events at Silver Springs

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Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Saturday, December 23rd only:

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the cracker village will additionally feature a cast iron cooking demonstration as well as a firing of the new wood-fired pottery kiln. The kiln will be opened on December 27th and the pottery made will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. 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. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Pack Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR DECEMBER: The pack walk will take place on the 3RD SUNDAY, 12/17, and will feature "Santa Claus" so that dog owners and pack walkers can take photos with Santa.***

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also "adopt" a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about Marion County Animal Services please visit their website or facebook page.

Park staff and volunteers with "their" dogs (photo).

Participation requirements.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. 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. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (352) 236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Come enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome!

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

Participation requirements.

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website, https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/about

Participation requirements.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Saturday, December 23rd only:

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the cracker village will additionally feature a cast iron cooking demonstration as well as a firing of the new wood-fired pottery kiln. The kiln will be opened on December 27th and the pottery made will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. 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. During the tour, these buildings will be open and unlocked and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Pack Walk - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

***PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR DECEMBER: The pack walk will take place on the 3RD SUNDAY, 12/17, and will feature "Santa Claus" so that dog owners and pack walkers can take photos with Santa.***

In partnership with the Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park presents an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a shelter dog. Every 4th Sunday, join volunteers and park staff as we walk a pack of well-behaved dogs through the park's gardens and trails. This program gives the animals exercise as well as a chance to socialize with other dogs and other people. All of the dogs are available for long-term adoption but you can also "adopt" a dog for the morning and take it for a walk with the group. For only a small amount of time you can make a huge difference in the life of a shelter animal. Hikers and walkers are welcome to join the group even if they do not want to hold a leash. Please note, only visitors 16 years or older may walk a shelter dog.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about Marion County Animal Services please visit their website or facebook page.

Park staff and volunteers with "their" dogs (photo).

Participation requirements.

Cracker Village Tour - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:00am EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Come and discover what life was like at the turn of the century in the Florida "piney woods." The cracker homestead is a replica of a 19th century pioneer settlement. 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. During the tour, these buildings will be open for viewing and on most tours the blacksmith's forge will be fired up. Meet at the Cracker Village across from the Silver River museum.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Pickin' in the Park - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 1:00pm EDT

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, (352) 236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Come enjoy local and visiting musicians perform acoustic music in a scenic area near the springs. Instruments usually include a banjo, guitar, fiddle, upright bass, and accordion. They may vary from month to month. Feel free to bring your own instrument and join in or just listen and enjoy. Hand claps and foot taps welcome!

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Blvd. (SR 40).

Participation requirements.

River Rhythms - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 4:00pm EDT

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(352) 236-7156 or craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Join us the 4th Friday of every month, for an evening full of music and entertainment featuring a live drum circle. From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., come and enjoy this musical experience. Like all public drum circles, all voices are welcome. There are a few extra drums but if you have some please bring them along. Also, to increase your comfort, we recommend that you bring a blanket or a chair. In addition to drumming and percussion, singing and dancing are highly encouraged! An audience is always needed so feel free to watch and listen.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

For more information about the hosts of this event, or to see a flyer, please visit their website, https://m.facebook.com/OcalaDrumCircles/about

Participation requirements.

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