The temperature is rising and that means it is time to visit your favorite water holes. Here in Florida we have some beautiful destinations to cool off and relax on a hot summers day. If you haven't visited a Spring before you may be wondering what it is exactly. A Spring is where the ground water flows out of the ground and the aquifer meets the Earth. To most people the Spring water feels really cold. There are more than 900 freshwater springs in Florida, 19 of these are Florida State Parks. That could keep us busy all summer and longer.
- Fanning Springs State Park - is located on the Suwannee River and one of my favorite Florida spots. It is beautiful! There is a platform the children will love jumping off of. The swimming area is really nice and big. You can get to the Spring by either boat or car. There is also a very nice play area for the children and a camp ground with cabins.
- Weeki Wachee Springs State Park - Weeki Wachee Springs is known as the home of mermaids. There is plenty to do at Weeki Wachee. Visitors can enjoy the Spring, take a river boat cruise, kayak, enjoy the white sandy beaches, grab a mermaid show, play in Bucaneer Bay or have a picnic. Bucaneer Bay is where you'll find the flume ride . A great place to have some family fun.
- Ichetucknee Springs - Beautiful Ichetucknee Springs State Park flows into the Santa Fe River. During the hot months it is known for tubing. Bring your own, or rent one along the way. There are tons of stops where you can pick up a tube or boat although if you have a car load this can add up. I totally recommend going down in a boat. I like to have something between myself and any critters that may be in the water. The kids love splashing and playing in the tubes. Ichetucknee Springs State Park can be found in Fort White, Florida.
- Ginnie Springs - is a privately owned spring and cost a little bit more to get into than the state parks do. Ginnie Springs offers camping, snorkeling and scuba diving. As part of the Ginnie Springs Outdoors system there are seven separate freshwater springs to be enjoyed here. We use to camp here as children and it was always a lot of fun and just a beautiful campground.
- Blue Springs Park - (located in High Springs Florida) there are two Blue Springs so I wanted to be sure I told you right away we are talking about the one in High Springs. Blue Springs is also a privately owned park. RV and tent camping is permitted . Blue Springs is a fun place to snorkel , swim and tube.
Stay tuned through out the summer as we share more of the springs and watering holes you can find in Florida.