9 Florida Springs You Need to Visit This Summer

With summer now upon us and the temperature rising, cooling off is on all of our minds here in Florida. With options like pools, the beaches and waterparks, there are plenty of ways to take a dip and swim away from the summer sun. But if you want to get away from over crowded beaches or avoid this seasons tourists, we recommend visiting one of Florida’s beautifully natural, crystal clear springs. Located in state parks all around the state, the best part about Florida’s many natural springs is that they provide not only 72 degree freshwater, but they also feature fishing spots, hiking trails, canoeing, scuba diving, and mostly importantly shade under their palm tree canopy’s. So its time to ditch your swimming pool and head on down to your favorite natural, freshwater spring. If you cant decide which one to jump into, check out the list of some of our favorites below!

Rainbow Springs

Florida’s fourth largest spring, Rainbow Springs is located in Dunnellon, Florida. Rainbow Springs is one of Florida’s most breathtaking springs due to not only it’s crystal clear spring, but also it’s trickling waterfalls located throughout out the park.

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Blue Spring

Covering over 2,600 acres, Blue Springs is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and certified scuba divers. Located right on the St. John’s river, canoeing, fishing, and boating can also be enjoyed!

Wekiwa Springs

Right along the headwaters of the Wekiva River, a tributary of the St. Johns River, is Wekiwa Springs. Just about one hour out of Orlando, Wekiwa Springs is perfect for relaxing in the sun, taking a dip in the spring, hiking, kayaking or even horseback riding.

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Silver Springs

Marion County is home to one of the largest artesian spring formations on the planet, Silver Springs. By producing 500 million gallons of crystal clear water daily, Silver Springs was named a National Natural Landmark back in 1971.

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Juniper Springs

Between Ocala and Ormond Beach you can find Juniper Springs. Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s, Juniper Springs is riddled with trails and campsites that are shaded by a beautiful canopy of oaks and palm trees.

Troy Spring State Park

Near Branford, Florida, Troy Spring State Park is home to a freshwater spring that flows into the Suwannee River. Offering hiking trails, swimming, and even snorkeling opportunities to explore the underwater remains of the Madison, a sunken Civil War era steamboat!

Salt Springs

Part of the Ocala National Forest, Salt Springs is another gem amongst great Florida springs to visit. This spring gets its name from its water, which contains potassium, magnesium, and sodium salts that give it a salinity unlike any other natural spring.

De Leon Springs State Park

De Leon Springs State Park is named after Ponce De Leon, who is believed to have visited this particular spring. This 625 acre state park features an antique sugar mill that is now a restaurant and a spring that produces 19 million gallons of 72 degree water daily!

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Alexander Springs Recreation Area

Alexander Springs is a crystal clear turquoise oasis that is perfect for spending a hot summer day at. Within the park visitors can fish, swim, canoe and even scuba dive, as it is the only spring in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted.

 

What is your favorite Florida spring?

 

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3 comments

  1. Deleon, Blue and Rock are my top three

  2. I’ve only been to Wekiva and De Leon. I’m a wheelchair user, and these two are awesome for accessibility. I really want to visit Rainbow and Silver soon!

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