Florida is known for its hot days, but did you also know about the cool waters? We're going to let you in on 5 of Florida's most awe-inspiring natural springs. Although our summer days can top 100 degrees, the springs sparkling clear water stays right around 72, so you'll be cooled off in no time. Now for the list:
1. Mermaid in the Shade
At Weeki Wachee River, the spring isn't the only thing that keeps people coming back. A real life mermaid show has been delighting guests since 1947. You can catch the show 365 days a year, and in the summer months you'll love Buccaneer Bay.
It's a thrilling attraction with water slides, and a sandy beach that's perfect for a tan. Want more action? Grab a kayak and head down the river, one of the most scenic paddling trips in the state! Whatever happens, you're sure to have good Florida fun at Weeki Wachee.
2. Lu Goes There?
Who loves springs more than hot summer sunbathers? Manatees of course! At Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, you're in the heart of manatee country. But, don't forget to give a little love to Lu the Hippo. Who's that? We're glad you asked!
He's just you're average famous hippo, except of course that he was granted special Florida citizenship in 1991 by Gov. Lawton Chiles. While you're there, stop by Crystal River's Three Sisters Spring, one of the most amazing sites in the state! If you love manatees, then winter is a great time to go, because there's tons of them. Grab a paddle board and become one with the sea cows!
3. The Black Lagoon
While there might be no Creature from the Black Lagoon here, you just might remember this place from an old movie. Just 15 outside of Florida's capital, Wakulla Springs State Park is the deepest freshwater spring in the world! The springs aren't just famous for one movie, they are a popular location for many Hollywood Classics. While you're there, be sure to hop on the famous river cruise.
4. The Rocks & Ramblers
Located in beautiful Orange County, this spring is a refreshing experience for the whole family. At the springs head, cool water spills in at a rate of 26,000 gallons per minute. Choose to wade or tube in the clear waters of the stunning Rock Spring Run. Rent tubes or bring your own, plus you can stay overnight and enjoy the springs for a few days.
The springs also run for 8 miles through Rock Spring Run State Preserve and Wekiwa Springs State Park. You can access these waters through Kings Landing, a private company, where you can rent canoes and kayaks to paddle the length of the river. Get ready for some fun in the sun!