Home to one of the largest artesian spring formations in the world, this unincorporated community is universally known for Silver Springs Nature Theme Park and its crystal clear waters and glass bottom boats. Silver Springs event venues are used to accommodating groups looking for relaxation.
Located just northeast of the city of Ocala, Silver Springs is situated 96 miles from Orlando International Airport, 50 miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport, 85 miles from the Orange County Convention Center and 88 miles from Walt Disney World.
Hotel venues in Silver Springs are smaller properties, like the 101-room Days Inn Silver Springs/Ocala East and 95-room Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Silver Springs, each with 1,000 square feet of meeting space; these are located near Silver Springs Theme Park. In Ocala, a five-minute drive away, larger options are the 196-room Hilton Ocala, with 8,000 square feet of meeting space and the 152-room Hampton Inn Ocala with 1,000 square feet of meeting space.
For special events venues in Silver Springs, the 350-acre Silver Springs Nature Theme Park is located about 6 miles northeast of downtown Ocala; it offers a wide variety of activities such as a river cruise, animal shows, water park, museum and kayak and canoe rentals. The park's climate-controlled Cypress Room can accommodate 300 people and outdoor events are possible for up to 5,000 people. Another option is the Ocala Boat Club, a waterfront venue with a complete kitchen available for groups up to 200.
Beyond the natural attractions in Silver Springs, there are a variety of intriguing group entertainment possibilities in the Ocala area such as the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing, Appleton Museum of Art and the downtown square, which is brimming with restaurants and boutique shops.
Dining in Silver Springs is comprised of family-owned eateries like Picadilly and Tommy's BBQ and the national chain Outback Steakhouse. Ocala, a city of nearly 60,000, has numerous restaurants choices, including familiar chains like LongHorn Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill.