Sitting around dreaming of fun things to do once the quarantine is lifted? Visit one of the beautiful springs in Florida. The parks are closed now but when they open there is no better way to enjoy nature, cool off and have some fun with your family. Here is a rundown of the ones close to us.
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs is one of the most famous of the springs, from their crystal clear water to the glass bottom boats it is a favorite place for camping, kayaking, and the Silver River Museum.
Silver Springs State Park is open 365 days a year from 8:00 am – sundown and had many options available for hiking and camping. There is an $8 per car admission. ou can see all of their fees here. They also offer pavilion rentals, camping and cabin rentals in the park.
They are located at 1425 NE 58th Ave, Ocala, FL 34470. Check out their website for all the details.
Blue Springs State Park
Blue Springs State Park is famous for viewing the manatees. Each year they congregate in the consistently 72-degree water to stay warm. Blue Springs is full of all sorts of species of birds including osprey, eagles, and kingfishers. IT is a birdwatchers paradise. You can bring your own tubes or kayaks or take advantage of the rentals in the park.
Blue Springs also offers hiking, camping, swimming and snorkeling among many other fun activities. They are open 8:00 am until sundown and there is a $6 per vehicle admission charge. See all their fees here. They are located at 2100 W. French Ave, Orange City, FL. See their full website and information here.
Deleon Springs State Park
Deleon Springs State Park features a recreational swimming area, hiking trails and a boat trip filled with history. The boat ride is about an hour and travels through the park and the Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge. Deleon Springs has all sorts of activities including bird watching, fishing, hiking, snorkeling, paddling, and boating. There is a boat ramp, a nature trail and a playground for the kids.
They are open from 8 am – sunset, 365 days a year and there is a $6 admission fee per car. You can see all their fees here. They are located at 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Deleon Springs, FL 32130. Check out their full website here.
Silver Glen Springs
Silver Glen Springs is far and away one of the most beautiful of all of the springs in Florida. The water is sparkling and clear. It is an excellent place for swimming and snorkeling. There is a picnic area and you can rent a boat to tour yourself.
Silver Glen is located in the Ocala National Forest. Along with the Salt Springs Marina, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs, and Clearwater Lake. Each of these offer canoe rentals. Here is some more information on Silver Glen Springs.
If you choose to visit one of the local springs you won’t be disappointed. Visiting Florida State Parks is an inexpensive way to enjoy a day of family fun!