6 Cool Swimming Holes to Discover in Florida

Rainbow Springs, Florida | ©mbarrison \ Flickr
Rainbow Springs, Florida | ©mbarrison \ Flickr
Photo of Karina Castrillo
2 December 2017

If you’ve had enough of saltwater beaches, take a swim in the clear fresh water springs of Florida. From prehistoric caves to man-made grottos, these are the best swimming holes to explore.

Venetian Pool

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Venetian Pool in Coral Gables, Miami. The Venetian Pool is an 820,000-gallon swimming oasis
© Dorling Kindersley ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Made or coral rock quarry, the historic Venetian Pool in Miami boasts two waterfalls and cave-like grottos swimmers can enjoy. Built in 1923, the facility was designed in an Italian style architecture with loggias, porticos and a bridge that emulates the historic bridges in Venice, Italy. The pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer and is drained daily in the spring and summer months.

Blue Hole in Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Remote, and enclosed within the woods, Blue Hole is the largest of the seven springs in Ichetucknee Springs. Swimmers can wade through its beautiful clear waters that flow from a limestone submerged cavern in the area.

Blue Hole | © Kurt Naks Flickr

Crystal River

Ever tried swimming with sea cows? Crystal River in western Florida is a popular spot for swimmers and snorkelers alike because it’s a shelter for manatees. The gentle sea creatures migrate to Crystal River for its warm temperatures (on average 72 degrees Fahrenheit), and swimmers can get a close up view of them in the clear blue waters. While touching the manatees is allowed, it is not permitted to chase them – remember, they’re endangered!

Close up of manatees | ©psyberartist Flickr

Ginnie Springs

Take a dip into the Ginnie Springs to see large bass, catfish and turtles in the crystal clear water. The scenic spring is located on the south side of the Santa Fe River in High Springs, Florida. Visitors can also go tubing through the Santa Fe River since it connects to the spring. Only experienced swimmers should take a dive in the waters since there are no lifeguards on duty at the property.

Ginnie Springs | © Julia Putnam Flickr

Rainbow Springs

Florida’s fourth largest spring has been used by people for over 10,000 years. The popular swimming spot is also available for snorkeling, kayaking and canoeing. The spring stretches far and wide so swimmers won’t feel confined and has depths ranging from 5 to 18 feet. Feel free to sprawl out on this grand pool.

Rainbow Springs | © Gregg Workman Flickr

Juniper Springs

Float your worries away and relax on the calm waters of Juniper Springs. Sheltered by plenty of shade from the lush oak trees in the landscape, this heavenly hub is perched in the Ocala National Forest and offers visitors a peaceful swim in its warm waters that spring from natural caverns.

Juniper Springs | Susan Blake Flickr