SILVER SPRINGS, Fla.-- One of Florida's oldest tourist attractions has closed.
Silver Springs will reopen Oct. 1 as a state park. Sunday was its last day under operation by Palace Entertainment.
The north Florida attraction was famed for its glass bottom boats. It also was plagued by low attendance and pollution that clouded its waters.
The state agreed to accept a $4 million lease buy-out from Palace Entertainment. The funds will be used to help clean up the pollution and restore the property to its natural condition.
Fans of the attraction took a last tour Sunday. Chris Milano of Mount Dora tells the Ocala Star-Banner that she first visited as a child 50 years ago. She remembered the park's monkeys and water so clear she could see through to the bottom.