Florida has more than 700 natural freshwater springs, more than anywhere else on earth, with water so pristine that it is not uncommon to spot exotic fish and manatee floating nearby. Whether you’re planning a family outing or just want to cool off on one of Florida’s infamously hot summer days, the refreshing spring water in one of these unique nature spots is sure to meet your needs. Great for swimming, kayaking, paddling, and manatee watching, here are 10 gorgeous springs in Florida for the nature enthusiast.
If swimming with manatees is on your bucket list, visiting Crystal River is a must. Loved by photographers and nature lovers alike, locals flock to the area for a chance to observe while these gentle giants interact in their natural environment. You can either take a tour and let an expert lead you to the manatees, and introduce you to one of the most lovable endangered species, or you can grab a canoe, kayak or snorkel gear and explore the park for yourself. (Three Sisters Springs will be closed from April 2016-November 2016 for a large scale restoration project)