- Weeki Wachee Springs
First on our list is probably the most popular natural springs in Florida. Located very close to Tampa, Weeki Wachee Springs connect to the Gulf of Mexico. The Springs are also only 2-hour drive away from the city of Orlando. The entrance fee to the springs is above 10 dollars per adult and there is also a smaller fee for children.
Back in the day, the place grew rapidly in popularity due to its famous “Mermaids of Weeki Wachee”, which delighted and surprised the visitors. Today, you can still the enjoy a show of the mermaids that is held regularly.
Weeki Wachee is also popular among water sports enthusiasts. Kayaking and canoeing activities are frequently happening in the park throughout the year. There are also families coming here for a chill time, simply enjoying the springs to relax or to swim. Boat cruises are also available.
Another one located very close to the city of Orlando. The park is open year-round and is frequently visited by Floridans who enjoy the relaxation its freshwater provides.
The water level at Wekiwa Springs is relatively low, which makes it especially suitable for a chill family trip with toddlers. The entrance to the car is around 10 dollars per vehicle.
Wekiwa Springs is a great place where everyone can find something enjoyable to do. There are magnificent trails for hiking, biking or even horseback riding. There is also a big campground where you can either set up your tents or camp with your RV. Electricity and water are available for everyone individually.
Ginnie Springs is one of the most popular springs of North Florida. The reason why it attracts so many people is because it’s massive in size and encompasses multiple springs for everyone to enjoy, thus preventing over-crowdedness despite the massive amount of visitors it gets year-round.
Ginnie Springs provide extremely clear water where you can not only bath, but also swim and even do diving as the water is not too shallow. In fact, there are many underwater caves and passages, which attracts thousands of diving enthusiasts all over the state to Ginnie Springs.
Overall, Ginnie Springs is highly recommended for everyone and is packed with activities to enjoy. The park is only a 2-hour drive away from Orlando and Jacksonville.
4-Three Sisters Springs
Three Sisters Springs are especially famous for being home to many manatees. The park attracts considerably more visitors in winter when manatees flock to there. Photographers and enthusiasts of subaquatic life are among the regular visitors of Three Sisters Springs.
Aside from bathing and swimming, visitors can kayak and canoe here with their friends and family. There are also designated trails where you can enjoy the nature, if you’d like to avoid the water.
Rainbow Springs is among the oldest and most popular springs in Florida. Its state-owned status means the entrance is considerably cheaper than the other springs mentioned in our list. It is also fairly central, which means residents from all the major cities of the state, such as Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando and many more, have easy access to this spot.
The biodiversity in Rainbow Springs is massive with many plants, trees, and animals for visitors to observe. The springs itself is very enjoyable to swim and bath in, as well as for a wide range of water sports.
We recommend every Floridan to visit this beautiful place at least once in their lifetime, enjoy the calming water, the magnificent scenery and the breathtaking nature. Despite occupying the last place on our list, it’s a must-visit for every resident or visitor of Florida.