Here it is folks, the list you’ve been waiting for – and for some, the list they didn’t know they wanted! Florida has the best springs for kayaking and nature watching, especially if you love manatees and otters!
1. Blue Springs, Orange City
The spring is a designated manatee refuge with a large winter population of West Indian Manatee.
2. Three Sister Springs, Crystal River
Great place to kayak and you can see a TON of manatees! Total Kayak time is 4hr to 8 hours! Get there early as kayak rentals are due at 4PM. located in the heart of Crystal River, Florida.
3. Ginnie Springs, High Springs
The park is very popular with open-water divers and cave divers due to the clear water, sand and a limestone bottom.
4. Silver Glenn Springs, Ocala
The Silver River is one of the most beautiful and peaceful rivers you will ever paddle. With three launching points, you have the option to paddle the entire 5.4 mile river, or enjoy shorter sections at your leisure. There is also a glass bottom boat named the “Chief Coahajo” that gives a phenomenal tour of the springs without getting wet 🙂
5. Ichetucknee River, Fort White
The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River.
6. Juniper Springs, Ocala
This central Florida gem is located at the Ocala National Forest,
7. Wekiva Springs, Apopka
Located in Apopka, Florida! Wekiva Springs is full of wild animals that can be seen for your enjoyment while paddling downstream. The name of the springs comes from the Indian word “bubbling waters.”
8. Rainbow Springs, Dunnellon
Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years. Rainbow Springs is also the fourth largest spring in the state.
9. Cypress Springs, Vernon
Crystal blue waters and so much fun! Water is so clear it will look like your boat is floating in the air!
10. Fanning Springs, Fanning Springs
Located on the Suwannee River, this inviting source of cool, clear water has attracted people for thousands of years.Fanning Springs now produces less than 65 million gallons of water daily, making it Florida’s second largest spring.