Surrounded by a forest of maple trees, Alexander Springs’ natural waters make it the ideal spot for a refreshing soak. Located in Ocala—otherwise known as Florida’s horse country—the area also bears historic importance to one of Florida’s Native American tribes, the Timucua who settled in the forests surrounding the spring.
With hundreds of bubbling springs along a seven-mile (11-kilometer) creek, this area is perfect for peaceful canoeing. Juniper Springs boasts a swimming area, nature trails, and plenty of shade under luscious oak trees.
A sanctuary for migrating manatees, the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River is a refuge for the gentle beasts that congregate here during the winter months. Visitors can view them from the boardwalk, but for swimming, guests must reach the springs via boat or kayak.
Perched on the south side of the Santa Fe River, Ginnie Springs shines for its clear blue water that draws in scuba divers and snorkelers to explore its limestone bottom and caves. Visitors will spot turtles, wading birds, and other wildlife near the area, while the bubbling string of springs along the river is perfect for tubing and kayaking.
Ginnie Springs, 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd, High Springs, FL, USA, +1 386 454 7188
The largest of springs at the Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Blue Hole Spring flows from an underwater cavern with a strong current; therefore, only experienced swimmers should venture here. The spring spurs out over 26,000 gallons of water per minute and runs 40 feet (12 meters) deep, which also makes it a top spot for scuba diving.
Located in northern Florida, the Vortex Spring is home to koi fish, eels, and boasts platforms for diving. The spring is a popular site for novice and experienced divers. However, only certified cave divers are allowed through the dangerous sections of its underwater caves, as it has previously resulted in many accidents.