Summertime in Florida can have you praying for winter’s chill, and while most Florida natives take this opportunity to flee to the beach, we know that it’s important to mix it up! And one of the best ways to spend your hot summer days is by packing up the car, and heading to one of the springs. Whether you’re in the mood to kayak, swim, snorkel, or just float in the water, here’s a few natural Florida springs that you should check out while the weather is warm and your calendar is empty (or emptier). Each less than three hours away from St. Augustine, they’re the perfect heat-beating day trips. Just be sure to remember your sunscreen!
This gem is located just over an hour outside of St. Augustine, making it the perfect trip for a spontaneous day’s adventure! While you can’t tube down this river, you can bring your own floatation device or rent a tube to lounge in the miniature pool-sized spring. If you’re in the mood to do more than float, then rent a kayak or canoe and make the 7-mile journey along Juniper Creek for beautiful views and a great workout! There is also a 1-mile hiking trail that leads you from Juniper Spring toward Fern Hammock Spring and picnic tables scattered throughout the grounds. So pack a lunch, bring a frisbee, and be on your way!
This spring is well-known for its long stretch of crystal blue water that allows visitors to sit back, relax, and float away. Open every day from 8am until sunset, this beautiful state park is the perfect getaway on a hot summer day! You have the option to swim, tube, snorkel, paddle, scuba dive, and more! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Ichentucknee for a day spent enjoying all the experiences that this park has to offer.
This spring is a fan-favorite, and a great way to escape for the day. Ginnie Springs gives visitors the option of spending the day on their grounds, or camping overnight! Not only will you have the chance to float down and swim in one of the seven refreshing springs located here, but if you’re a certified scuba diver, you can also explore the depths of Devil’s Den. The park is open Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm, and Sunday 8am-8pm.
Blue Spring State Park
Known as the home of the sea cow, the beautiful Blue Spring State Park is where manatees often retreat to, so you may be able to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants! Visitors of the Spring have the choice of swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving (with proof of certification). There is also an option of canoeing, kayaking, or hiking the 4.5-mile trail that runs alongside the spring. The park is open every day from 8am until sunset.
This breathtaking state park is located conveniently outside of Orlando, making it an easy day trip with the option to extend your stay and enjoy the city as well! Wekiwa Springs offers refreshing waters to cool off in, as well as hiking trails that vary in length for all types of explorers. So whether you’re just looking to take a dip in the water and have a picnic before heading to the city, or you want to experience all that this state park has to offer, Wekiwa has something for you.
There’s a reason this spring is so loved among all who visit. This state park offers visitors the chance to swim, snorkel, and hike along the grounds so no matter what there’s always something to enjoy. Dogs are also allowed on the premises, so if you can’t part with your pupper, you’re in luck! The crystal clear waters at Rainbow Springs are not only beautiful, but legend says that they have healing powers. And while we can’t prove if the legend is true, there’s no doubt that this Florida wonder is breathtaking.
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