Due to the overwhelming tips received from readers regarding our last article on 10 Jaw Dropping Springs of Florida You Must Visit we have combined yet another list of amazing springs suggested by YOU, our beloved readers. We did our research and these springs came up as the top 10 suggested. We can’t wait to get our feet wet in these fresh water springs, enjoy.
1. Troy Springs, Branford, FL
Troy Springs is a 70-foot deep offering swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Troy Spring contains many interesting spring vents and vertical limestone walls and great clear visibility! Speaking of visibility, one very interesting feature of Troy Springs are the remains of the Civil War–era steamboat Madison that can still be seen in this fresh water spring. The steamboat was scuttled in 1863 to keep it from being captured while its owner was away fighting in Virginia.
2. Hart Springs, Bell, FL
Hart Springs is one of the largest spring-fed swimming areas in the state of Florida. There is so much to do here and the park is very family oriented equipped with many outdoor activities. Take a walk down the half-mile boardwalk and rent canoes, kayaks, tubes, bikes, basketballs, and volleyballs. Hart Springs is also connected to the Florida Greenway trail that make it an ideal place for bicycle explorations.
3. Little River Springs, Live Oak, FL
This spring is great for swimming, snorkeling and even diving! The spring run is approximately 150 feet long with a cave system that is more than 1,200 feet long. An extensive cave system exists below this spring reaching depths of well over 100 ft.
4. Salt Springs, Ocala, FL
A salty spring? YES! This ancient spring flows year-round at a constant temperature of 72 degrees and pumps approximately 53 million gallons of crystal clear water per day. The pool contains clear, blue, salty-tasting water that is the result of water rising to the surface through salt deposits that contain a variety of minerals & rare trace elements giving it the mild salt taste.
5. Manatee Springs, Chiefland, FL
Manatee Springs is a spring that completely lives up to its name as West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of these springs. This beautiful park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. Manatee Springs is a popular spot for snorkeling and scuba diving and also of course, a great spot for swimming and relaxing in general. Get lazy here 🙂
6. Alexander Springs, Altoona, FL
The best spring for exploring, especially if diving is your thing! This spring is the only place in the Ocala National Forest where scuba diving is permitted! Alexander Springs has a unique and naturally gently sloped spring pool that visitors can ease their way into the crisp 69 degree waters.
7. Ponce De Leon Springs, Ponce De Leon, FL
Possibly the fountain of youth that Ponce De Leon discovered hundreds of years ago? Visitors might can hold onto their youth by taking a dip in the cool, clear waters of this beautiful spring that stays at a constant 68 degrees all year round 😉 try it out for yourself.
8. Vortex Springs, Ponce De Leon, FL
This particular spring is great for swimming, but it’s also well known for the cave dives. The spring basin is about 50 feet for a cavern dive and approximately 115 feet for a cave dive. The bottom of the spring bowl is filled with sand and limestone. The spring pool also has many other water activities in addition to the swimming area, including a diving board, two high jumping platforms, a “zip line,” 2 slides, and an old-fashioned rope swing 🙂
9. Weeki Watchee Springs, Weeki Watchee, FL
Weeki Watchi has mermaids! That’s right, MERMAIDS! The mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park have entertained visitors since 1947. Be mesmerized by the magic of the mermaids or take a river boat cruise! The spring is also open for canoe’s or kayaking.
10. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs, Live Oak, FL
Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park has two major springs, a spring run and six sinkholes! This spring is also known for its underwater caves and divers travel from all over the world to explore nearly 33,000 feet of underwater passages. Wes Skiles Peacock Springs features one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental United States.