Imagine yourself on a hot summer day dipping your toes into crystal clear blue water while fish swim around your feet. If this sounds appealing to you, then you need to add visiting Florida springs to your bucket list! There’s no better way to spend a summer day then visiting one of these hot spots.
I recently spent a month in the van in Florida visiting as many springs as I could. We went to over 15 springs and it was one of our favorite activities we have done! This is one of the very best ways to see Florida one of the very best ways to see Florida. Read below for all the info you need before you go!
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Everything You Need to Know About Florida’s Springs
What are Springs?
Springs occur when water pressure underground is so strong that it pushes the water to the surface. These are natural occurring phenomena and there are hot springs and cold springs throughout the world.
Most if not all of the springs in Florida are cold springs. These springs are often hosts to unique ecosystems and thriving underwater life. Florida springs provide more than 90% of the state’s drinking water, so they are very precious resources. Follow all rules and regulations when you visit to protect these natural pools.
Where Can I find Springs?
People have found more than 700 springs in Florida, so the better question is where can’t you find them? They exist all over the state and there are many guides and maps that detail exactly where you can find the best springs.
Some of the most popular are in state parks and others are on private land. There are even springs that are just in the wild and you can take a dip for free without paying any fee at all. I highly recommend you look up the closest spring to you the next time that you visit Florida.
Which are the Best Springs?
Picking a favorite spring is one of the hardest things to do. Each of the springs that we visited are unique in their own way. Some springs in the state are good for scuba diving, others are good for swimming, and others are best for boating. It all depends on what you want to do when you visit springs.
You can find a video detailing our impressions of 13 springs and choosing our favorites in Florida here. Below you can find a map of the springs we visited and learn more about them!
Are you visiting any Florida Springs soon? Let me know in the comments!