Florida Springs to Visit This Summer

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We are almost three weeks into the Summer season, so don't think it's too late to plan a trip to one Floridas amazing springs and cool off from the heat! The springs are a perfect vacation to take your friends or family to as most of the parks offer Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand-up Paddle boards, Tubes, Wildlife, & Nature Trails. 

1. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

To kick things off, we wanted to give Weeki Wachee Springs the spotlight. Weeki Wachee Springs is located in Spring Hill, Florida, 45 minutes north of Tampa and 2 hours west of Orlando. Weeki Wachee State Park offers Kayaks, Paddle boards, & tubes that are available to rent. Now if you are a person who owns either a Kayak and Paddle board, you are in luck, the park allows visitors to launch your vessel without issue. 

"This leisurely 3-hour, 5.5-mile paddle down the clear, sparkling waters of the Weeki Wachee River is the perfect way to experience the park’s natural beauty and wildlife up close."

Weeki Wachee is one of our personal favorites springs in Florida and we post a ton of pictures of the Natural Spring on our Instagram. Make sure to follow us as we uncover the most beautiful places in Florida daily.

2. Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park is another favorite park our family enjoys bringing friends to. Some activities a person might do when visiting Rainbow Springs are Swimming, Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, and floating down their natural Lazy River on a tube.

As well as being known for having crystal clear water, Rainbow Springs State Park has been recognized for its hiking and nature trail. The trail is approximately 2.5 miles long from the visitors center and passes by three man-made waterfalls and a native plant garden.

Throughout the park, on all of the nature trails and along the river exist many wonderful birding opportunities.

3. Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Last but not least, we wanted to feature Silver Springs State Park in this blog post. This park has been open since 1870 is one of the oldest tourist attractions in our state. Silver Springs is home to their world famous glass bottom boat tours. Glass Bottom Boats showcase the crystal clear springs and the underwater life that naturally inhabits Silver Springs.

Other activities visitors might find themselves doing at Silver Springs is kayaking, canoeing, birding, and hiking. Park admission is definitely on the cheap side at $2.00 per person and I would say the activities are fairly cheap at this park as-well.

Make sure to check each State Parks website links below for more details on activities, dining, and lodging! We hope you have a summer full of adventure! - Florida Brand

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  • Rainbow springs was the best, it had a nice campground at one time used to go every weekend with my boys in the late 90s and 2000, used to get by river, go swimming and launch our tubes and canoes, and go up to main spring float down to bridge get out go back to campground have a fire to thaw and cook supper sit around and play man hunt, now it’s no fun up there, can’t launch from campground, swim just like salt springs I grew up going to 40 yrs ago loved it now it’s all privatized you can’t have fun anymore.

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