Saturday, January 23, 2021

Review: Silver Springs RV Park

We are approaching three months here in Silver Springs and to summarize, we are very pleased with our choice of parks.  Silver Springs RV Park is a typical 55+ park in central Florida.  There are 199 full-hookup sites, with most being pull-thru.  Seventy percent have 50 amp service. About thirty percent of the sites are year-round sites with either park models or older travel trailers that have been converted. Many of them have screened porches (aka Florida Room), storage sheds, and concrete patios.  In their own words, "These sites are all large, convenient, and surrounded by a perfect mix of tropical palm trees and live oak trees."

While this is our first year here, we are told that the park is under new management and it is much appreciated by the many occupants that have come here for many years.  The maintenance crew does a wonderful job in keeping the facilities clean and the landscaping well groomed. And they are all exceptionally friendly and helpful.   Actually, the same goes for the office staff. They are efficient, friendly, and very helpful.

The park has a heated pool, bocci ball & shuffleboard courts, a game room, and large community space.   Unfortunately the current pandemic has really stifled many of the activities that the residents claim make this park exceptional for the area.   The shuffleboard, bocci, and bingo nights continue, but the frequent potluck dinners and birthday parties have been suspended, along with most of the game activities. The park is very pet friendly and the residents are very good about picking up after their dogs.  There are plenty of golf carts in use, but many residents walk or bicycle around the park for exercise.

Being in central Florida means that there is an abundance of activities and attractions to fill your day.  The Silver Springs State Park, with their glass bottom boats, is directly across the street from the RV park.  The Ocala National Forest is just a mile or so beyond the park on State Road 40 and Daytona Beach, St. Augustine, and Orlando are all withing a 90 minute drive and bring unlimited things to do.  We are also in horse country. There are numerous places to go riding.  We have not yet availed ourselves of most of these attractions because of the pandemic, but we will begin soon.

Overall, this is a wonderful place to spend the winter.  Like many Florida RV parks, it can be a challenge to get a long-term site, but the park accommodates transient RVers very often.  We have already decided to reserve our site again for next winter.  We highly recommend this well-managed park.


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