Looking for something fun to do this summer? Florida is known for its beautiful beaches but what if you wanted to experience a hidden gem or two? Nestled in Central Florida you can find some of the most breathtaking natural springs in the state. Here are 3 of Positively Osceola’s favorite springs to visit, all within an hour and a half drive from Kissimmee:
Blue Springs State Park, is the largest spring on the St. Johns River, which boasts 2,600 acres and is a manatee refuge and only takes 1 1/2 hours to get there from Kissimmee. The springs comfortable 73-degree temperatures are perfect for cooling off during the blazing summer heat. Swimming, kayaking, and paddling are popular amongst the pale blue waters in the swimming hole which is a quarter mile of perfection. There are also boat tours with narrated nature and ecological excursions throughout the area. Please note – swimming is not permitted during manatee season November through March. Admission is $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4 Single Occupant Vehicle. $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Be sure to plan ahead and get there early because parking spots fill up fast.
The crystal clear spring waters, lush green surroundings, and undisturbed nature make Rock Springs Run a great spot to visit this summer. Launch a canoe at the 8-mile long King’s Landing and enjoy the beauty of the river while traveling downstream at a steady rate of 3-4 miles per hour down Rock Springs Run. Animal lovers can spot wood storks in the towering cypress trees, little blue herons and tri-colored herons foraging along the banks.
Located just an hour drive from Kissimmee you can swim in the crystal clear Wekiwa Spring where the water is a refreshing 72 degrees year-round! The spring’s natural open setting is perfect for spreading a blanket, having a picnic and enjoying the day. A swim lift is available for visitors who may have difficulties using the steps to enter and enjoy the spring water. The park is open 8 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year. Admission is $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle, $4 Single Occupant Vehicle and $2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. Camping is also available, visit Wekiwa Springs State Park for more information.
PLEASE REMEMBER: If you plan on visiting any of these Florida Springs, plan ahead, the parking lots fill up quickly! Also remember to bring your snorkels, sunscreen, and a towel. Have an awesome summer from Positively Osceola!
Photo Credit: floridastatepark.org, J. Parker Natural Florida Photographer