Top Ten Natural Springs in Florida That Are a Must-See for the Outdoor Enthusiast
Explore the top ten natural springs in Florida that offer breathtaking views, crystal clear water, and a unique experience for the outdoor enthusiast.
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Florida's Natural Springs

Florida is a state known for its beautiful beaches and warm climate, but it's also home to some of the most stunning natural springs in the country. From swimming, kayaking, or simply enjoying the scenic views, there's something for everyone in Florida's natural springs. In this article, we'll highlight the top ten natural springs in Florida that are a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts.

What Are the Top Ten Natural Springs in Florida That Are a Must-see For Outdoor Enthusiasts?

1. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

3. Blue Spring State Park

4. Rainbow Springs State Park

5. Juniper Springs Recreation Area

6. Ginnie Springs Outdoors

7. Wekiwa Springs State Park

8. Alexander Springs Recreation Area

9. De Leon Springs State Park

10. Silver Springs State Park

Let's explore each beautiful spring in detail. Parks are not listed in a ranking order.

1. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park
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Located in north-central Florida, Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers visitors the chance to swim, tube, and snorkel in crystal clear waters that remain a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles, fish, and birds. Visitors can take a leisurely float down the Ichetucknee River or explore the park's many nature trails.
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1.  According to the Ichetucknee Springs State Park website, "Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for both tubing and paddling. Reservations will both ensure your float experience on your selected date and get you on the river more quickly upon your arrival at the park. Liability waivers are required for both tubing and paddling and should be completed online as part of the reservation process."

2. Dogs are not allowed in or near the water. 

3. No camping in the park.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Comfort Suites Lake City
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Comfort Inn and Suites offer a variety of amenities, including complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is conveniently located near Interstate 75, providing easy access to local attractions such as Ichetucknee Springs State Park and the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. Comfort Suites in Lake City is popular with business and leisure travelers seeking comfortable and convenient accommodations.
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Hampton Inn & Suites Lake City
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The Hampton Inn and Suites offers a range of amenities, including complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a business center. The rooms and suites are equipped with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. The hotel is conveniently located near many popular attractions in the area, such as Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Suwannee River, and O'Leno State Park.
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 2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is home to the world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids, who perform daily shows in the park's underwater theater. Visitors can also take a riverboat ride, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or swim in the clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River. The park is also home to a variety of native Florida wildlife, including manatees and alligators.
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Notes:

1. According to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park website, "Spring and summer are busy seasons for Weeki Wachee Springs. Please plan to arrive early. On weekends and during the summer the park reaches capacity quickly. Guests will be turned away when the park is full. Guests will be admitted later in the day, when there is space."

2. Pets are not permitted inside the park. However, service animals as defined by the ADA are permitted.

3. No camping in the park.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotel:

Chassahowitzka Hotel
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The Chassahowitzka Hotel is a historic hotel located in Homosassa, Florida, known for its charming atmosphere and a prime location near the Chassahowitzka River. Built-in the 1940s, the hotel has recently undergone renovations to restore its vintage appeal while also providing modern amenities. Each room at the hotel is uniquely decorated and furnished with comfortable beds, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV during their stay. The Chassahowitzka Hotel is surrounded by natural beauty, with opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities just a short distance away. Additionally, the hotel is conveniently located near several local restaurants and shops. Overall, The Chassahowitzka Hotel is a great choice for tourists looking for a cozy and relaxing stay in a historic setting while also enjoying the natural wonders of Homosassa, Florida.
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Spring Hill, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Express - Springhill, Florida is approximately 11 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, Florida. The hotel features comfortable rooms with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a business center. The hotel is located in a convenient location for visitors looking to explore nearby attractions such as Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, the Hernando Heritage Museum, and the Bayport Park.
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3. Blue Spring State Park

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Located on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring State Park is a popular spot for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The park's crystal clear waters are home to a large population of West Indian manatees during the winter months, making it a great place for visitors to see these gentle giants up close. The park also has a variety of nature trails and picnic areas.
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Notes:

1. According to Blue Spring State Park's website, "during periods of high visitation, visitors may experience long lines to enter Blue Spring State Park. The park frequently reaches capacity and may temporarily close. Closures occur intermittently and may last several hours. Visitors with camping or boat tour reservations will be admitted to the park while it is closed, but pedestrians and bicyclists will not be allowed to enter until the park reopens."

2. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Where allowed, pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet and be well-behaved at all times. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the parks.

3. Camping and cabins are available by reservation. See the link below to reserve a site.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Orange City Motel
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The Quality Inn near Blue Spring is located about 1.5 miles from Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Florida. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area, as it offers comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, which is perfect for a refreshing dip after a day exploring the nearby state park. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, which includes a variety of hot and cold items. The rooms at the Quality Inn near Blue Spring are equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a coffee maker. The rooms are also spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings. In addition to its proximity to Blue Springs State Park, the Quality Inn near Blue Spring is also just a short drive from other popular attractions in the area, such as the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Daytona International Speedway.
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orange City - Deltona, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Orange City - Deltona is located in Orange City, Florida, just 5 miles from Blue Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among travelers due to its convenient location and comfortable accommodations. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Orange City - Deltona are well-appointed and spacious, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The location of the hotel makes it a great base for exploring the nearby Blue Springs State Park, which is home to crystal clear springs, hiking trails, and opportunities for wildlife watching. In addition to the state park, the hotel is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Daytona International Speedway.
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Hampton Inn Debary/Deltona
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This hotel is located about 8 miles from Blue Spring State Park and features an outdoor pool, free breakfast, and spacious rooms.
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4. Rainbow Springs State Park

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Rainbow Springs State Park is home to the fourth-largest spring in Florida and offers visitors the chance to swim, kayak, or tube in crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. The park is also home to a variety of native wildlife, including otters, turtles, and birds. Visitors can explore the park's many nature trails or enjoy a picnic in one of the park's shaded areas.
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Notes:

1. According to the Rainbow Springs State Park website, "the park has very high visitation on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity at the headsprings entrance, the park will close to all visitors. When the park is closed, vehicles may not wait in line in the park or on adjacent roads. Due to high visitation, Annual Pass sales are restricted to weekdays and non-holidays only."

2. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Where allowed, pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet and be well-behaved at all times. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the parks.

3. Camping is available by reservation. See the link below to reserve a site. 

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Comfort Suites near Rainbow Springs
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The Comfort Suites near Rainbow Springs Dunnellon is located in Dunnellon, Florida, just 4 miles from Rainbow Springs State Park. This hotel is a great choice for visitors to the area, as it offers comfortable accommodations and convenient access to the state park. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Comfort Suites near Rainbow Springs Dunnellon are spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The location of the hotel makes it an ideal base for exploring the nearby Rainbow Springs State Park, which is home to crystal clear springs, waterfalls, and opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and tubing. In addition to the state park, the hotel is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Ocala National Forest and the historic town of Dunnellon.
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The Gator Den Motel
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The Gator Den provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking and a bar and is located only 4.9 miles from Rainbow Springs State Park. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Guest rooms include a private bathroom and hairdryer. Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.
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5. Juniper Springs Recreation Area

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Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs Recreation Area is a popular spot for swimming, canoeing, and camping. The park's crystal clear waters are fed by the Juniper Springs, which flow at a constant 72 degrees year-round. Visitors can also explore the park's many hiking trails or take a scenic drive through the forest.
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Notes:

Juniper Springs is located in the Ocala National Forest as stated in the details. Make sure to visit the Florida Forest Service website, also in the details above, for special alerts, admission fees, and campground capacity closures. Campgrounds fill up quick, especially on the weekend. It is recommended to have a back-up plan in mind.

1. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all areas of the recreation area, including the campground and on the river.

2. Pets are allowed in designated areas only and must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

3. Glass containers are not allowed on the river or in any other areas of the recreation area.

4. Swimming is only allowed in designated swimming areas.

5. Fires are only allowed in designated fire rings and grills, and must be attended at all times.

6. Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

7. Motorized vehicles are only allowed on designated roads and parking areas.

8. Hunting and fishing are prohibited within the recreation area.

9. Use of generators is only allowed during designated hours.

10. All trash must be disposed of in designated receptacles.

It's always a good idea to check the official website or inquire with park staff for any updates or additional rules. Click on Details above for link to website and additional information.

Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Silver Springs-Ocala, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs - Ocala is located in Silver Springs, Florida, approximately 16 miles from Juniper Springs Recreation Area. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its comfortable accommodations and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs - Ocala are modern and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area, it's only a short drive away. The recreation area is home to crystal clear springs, hiking trails, and opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and tubing. In addition to Juniper Springs, the hotel is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Silver Springs State Park and the Ocala National Forest.
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Idle Awhile Resort
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The Idle Awhile Resort is located in Georgetown, Florida, and is approximately 35 miles from Juniper Springs Recreation Area. This hotel is a popular choice for visitors to the area due to its peaceful setting and range of amenities. The hotel features a range of accommodations, including cabins, cottages, and RV sites, to suit a variety of travelers. The cabins and cottages are well-appointed and come with full kitchens, private bathrooms, and comfortable beds. The RV sites feature full hookups and access to the resort's amenities. The Idle Awhile Resort is located on the St. John's River and offers a range of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, and kayaking. Guests can also relax in the resort's swimming pool or hot tub, or explore the nearby attractions, such as the Ocala National Forest and the historic town of St. Augustine. While the Idle Awhile Resort is not located directly next to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area, it's only a short drive away. The recreation area is home to crystal clear springs, hiking trails, and opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and tubing.
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6. Ginnie Springs Outdoors

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Ginnie Springs Outdoors is a popular spot for snorkeling, swimming, and diving in the crystal clear waters of the Santa Fe River. The park is also a popular camping spot, with over 200 campsites available. Visitors can explore the park's many hiking trails or take a paddleboard or kayak down the river.
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Notes:

1. No pets or emotional support animals.

2. If you are under 18 years-of-age, you must be accompanied by a parent.

3. Guests must have their passes to enter and exit the park.

4. A waiver must be signed. This waiver is available online. Please find the link in the details above.

5. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotel:

BlueGem Motel
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Located just 7.8 miles from Ginnie Springs, The BlueGem Motel offers rooms with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also available. BlueGem is highly rated for a couples stay.
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7. Wekiwa Springs State Park

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Located just outside of Orlando, Wekiwa Springs State Park offers visitors the chance to swim, snorkel, or kayak in crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears and bobcats. Visitors can explore the park's many nature trails or enjoy a picnic in one of the park's shaded areas.
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Notes:

1. According to the Wekiwa Spring State Park website, "During periods of high visitation, visitors may experience long lines to enter Wekiwa Springs State Park. The park frequently reaches capacity and may temporarily close. Closures occur intermittently and may last several hours. Campers with reservations will be admitted to the park when it is closed, but pedestrians and bicyclists will not be allowed to enter until the park reopens."

2. Pets are allowed at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

     -All pets must be on a hand-held, 6-foot leash at all times.

     -Pets may not be left unattended.

     -You may walk your pet along the trails and in use areas,

       but they are not allowed in the swimming area.

     -Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all         pet droppings in trash receptacles.

     -Service animals are allowed in all areas of the park.

3. There is an equestrian trail.

4. RV and tent campers enjoy this park.

5. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando-North
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The Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North hotel is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and is approximately 10 miles from Wekiwa Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its modern accommodations and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North are spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to Wekiwa Springs State Park, it's only a short drive away. The park is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Orlando Science Center, and the Amway Center.
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Hilton Garden Inn Orlando North/Lake Mary
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The Hilton Garden Inn Lake Mary is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and is approximately 10 miles from Wekiwa Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its comfortable accommodations and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. The rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Lake Mary are spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to Wekiwa Springs State Park, it's only a short drive away. The park is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Hilton Garden Inn Lake Mary is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Seminole County Sports Complex, and the Amway Center.
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando-Maitland
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The Homewood by Hilton Orlando North Maitland hotel is located in Maitland, Florida, and is approximately 13 miles from Wekiwa Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its spacious suites and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay comfortable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The suites at the Homewood by Hilton Orlando North Maitland are spacious and well-appointed, with separate living areas, full kitchens, and free Wi-Fi. While the hotel is not located directly next to Wekiwa Springs State Park, it's only a short drive away. The park is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Homewood by Hilton Orlando North Maitland is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Science Center, and the Amway Center.
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8. Alexander Springs Recreation Area

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Alexander Springs Recreation Area is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Alexander Springs. The park also has a variety of nature trails for visitors to explore, as well as a campground for those looking to stay overnight.
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Notes:

1. Alexander Springs is also located in the Ocala National Forest.

2. Pets are allowed in designated areas only and must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. 

3. There is a 67-unit campground that can accommodate tents and recreation vehicles (up to 35-feet long).

4. Electrical, water or sewer hookups are not available; Hot showers and a dump station are provided.

5.  Some campsites are offered on a "first come, first served" basis.  A selection of other sites are available for reservation. 

6. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is located approximately 22 miles (about 35 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is a waterfront resort situated on the St. Johns River in DeLand, Florida. The resort offers a range of accommodations including cabins, villas, and suites, many of which have river views. The resort features amenities such as a marina, outdoor pool, hot tub, and a restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can also rent boats, kayaks, and paddleboards to explore the nearby waterways. Although the resort is not immediately adjacent to De Leon Springs State Park, it provides a peaceful and scenic base for exploring the park and the surrounding area.
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Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown
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The Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown is located in the heart of downtown DeLand, Florida, and is approximately 30 miles from Alexander Springs Recreation Area. This hotel is a popular choice for travelers looking to explore the historic downtown area of DeLand and its surrounding attractions. The hotel offers a range of amenities to make your stay comfortable, including an outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. The rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown are modern and spacious, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to Alexander Springs Recreation Area, it is a convenient base for exploring the surrounding areas. The recreation area is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Alexander Springs Recreation Area, the Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown is also close to other popular attractions, such as Stetson University, Blue Spring State Park, and the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum.
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The Historic Artisan Downtown Hotel
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Artisan Downtown is located approximately 13 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Artisan Downtown is a boutique hotel situated in a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of DeLand's downtown district. The hotel features unique and stylish rooms with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges. Guests can enjoy the hotel's rooftop terrace, fitness center, and restaurant which serves farm-to-table cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel's location provides easy access to De Leon Springs State Park, as well as to the many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions of downtown DeLand.
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9. De Leon Springs State Park

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De Leon Springs State Park is home to the Fountain of Youth, a natural spring that has been attracting visitors for centuries. The park offers visitors the chance to swim, snorkel, or kayak in crystal clear waters, as well as explore the park's many nature trails. The park also has a restaurant that serves up pancakes made on a griddle built into the table.
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1. Pets are welcome at De Leon Springs State Park, but not in swimming     areas. All pets must be on a hand-held, 6-foot leash at all times.

2. Camping is not available, but there are picnic areas with grills. 

3. The main restroom has outdoor showers.

4. A visitor's center offers exhibits featuring the park's 6,000-year          history.

5. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

The Ann Stevens House 1895 Historic Bed & Breakfast
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The Ann Stevens House is located about 9 miles (15 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. The Ann Stevens House is a historic bed and breakfast that offers guests a charming and elegant stay. The building dates back to 1906 and features beautiful architecture and antique furnishings. The guest rooms are spacious and individually decorated, with private bathrooms and modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning in the dining room or on the outdoor patio, and the hotel also offers a library and a garden area for relaxation. The Ann Stevens House is a great option for those looking for a peaceful and luxurious stay near De Leon Springs State Park.
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The Historic Artisan Downtown Hotel
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Artisan Downtown is located approximately 13 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Artisan Downtown is a boutique hotel situated in a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of DeLand's downtown district. The hotel features unique and stylish rooms with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges. Guests can enjoy the hotel's rooftop terrace, fitness center, and restaurant which serves farm-to-table cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel's location provides easy access to De Leon Springs State Park, as well as to the many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions of downtown DeLand.
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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is located approximately 22 miles (about 35 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is a waterfront resort situated on the St. Johns River in DeLand, Florida. The resort offers a range of accommodations including cabins, villas, and suites, many of which have river views. The resort features amenities such as a marina, outdoor pool, hot tub, and a restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can also rent boats, kayaks, and paddleboards to explore the nearby waterways. Although the resort is not immediately adjacent to De Leon Springs State Park, it provides a peaceful and scenic base for exploring the park and the surrounding area.
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10. Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park is home to the famous glass-bottom boats, which allow visitors to see the park's crystal clear waters and native wildlife up close. Visitors can also swim, kayak, or explore the park's many hiking trails. The park is also home to a variety of exotic animals, including monkeys and alligators.
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Notes:

1. Well-behaved pets are welcome in the campground, picnic area and on hiking trails.

2. As of now, swimming is not permitted at Silver Springs.

3. Fishing, alcohol, and smoking are not permitted.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Equus Inn
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The Eqqus Inn in Ocala, Florida is located approximately 6 miles (about 12 minutes by car) from Silver Springs State Park. The Eqqus Inn is a boutique hotel with 48 rooms that feature modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cable TV, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a continental breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel is conveniently located near many popular attractions in the area including Silver Springs State Park, the Ocala Downtown Square, the Appleton Museum of Art, and the Ocala National Forest.
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Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center, an IHG Hotel, is located approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Silver Springs State Park. This hotel features contemporary rooms with modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, fitness center, and an on-site restaurant and bar. The hotel is situated near several restaurants and shopping options.
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Comfort Inn Ocala Silver Springs
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The Comfort Inn Ocala Silver Springs is located just 2 miles (3.2 km) from Silver Springs State Park, which is approximately a 5-minute drive. The hotel features comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and microwaves. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Other amenities include a business center, free parking, and a guest laundry facility. The hotel is also conveniently located near other attractions such as the Ocala National Forest, Wild Waters Water Park, and the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.
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FAQ's:

Q: Do I need to bring my own equipment to the springs?

A: It depends on the park. Some parks, like Weeki Wachee and Ginnie Springs, offer equipment rentals on site. Other parks, like Blue Spring and Ichetucknee, require visitors to bring their own equipment. Remember to click the website link for each spring in the "Details."

Q: Are the natural springs safe to swim in?

A: Yes, the natural springs in Florida are generally safe for swimming, as the water is constantly flowing and is filtered by the underground aquifer.

Q: Can I bring my dog to the parks?

A: It depends on the park. Some parks, like Wekiwa Springs, allow dogs on a leash. Other parks, like Weeki Wachee, do not allow dogs.

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Florida is home to some of the most stunning natural springs in the country, offering outdoor lovers the chance to swim, kayak, dive or simply enjoy the scenic views. Whether you're looking to see manatees up close or take a leisurely float down a river, there's something for everyone in Florida's natural springs. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your visit to one of the top ten natural springs in Florida that are a must-visit for the outdoor enthusiast today!

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Top Ten Natural Springs in Florida That Are a Must-See for the Outdoor Enthusiast
Explore the top ten natural springs in Florida that offer breathtaking views, crystal clear water, and a unique experience for the outdoor enthusiast.
34 Places • 2 Saves • ago
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Florida's Natural Springs

Florida is a state known for its beautiful beaches and warm climate, but it's also home to some of the most stunning natural springs in the country. From swimming, kayaking, or simply enjoying the scenic views, there's something for everyone in Florida's natural springs. In this article, we'll highlight the top ten natural springs in Florida that are a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts.

What Are the Top Ten Natural Springs in Florida That Are a Must-see For Outdoor Enthusiasts?

1. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

3. Blue Spring State Park

4. Rainbow Springs State Park

5. Juniper Springs Recreation Area

6. Ginnie Springs Outdoors

7. Wekiwa Springs State Park

8. Alexander Springs Recreation Area

9. De Leon Springs State Park

10. Silver Springs State Park

Let's explore each beautiful spring in detail. Parks are not listed in a ranking order.

1. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Ichetucknee Springs State Park
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Located in north-central Florida, Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers visitors the chance to swim, tube, and snorkel in crystal clear waters that remain a refreshing 72 degrees year-round. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including turtles, fish, and birds. Visitors can take a leisurely float down the Ichetucknee River or explore the park's many nature trails.
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Notes:

1.  According to the Ichetucknee Springs State Park website, "Advance reservations are strongly encouraged for both tubing and paddling. Reservations will both ensure your float experience on your selected date and get you on the river more quickly upon your arrival at the park. Liability waivers are required for both tubing and paddling and should be completed online as part of the reservation process."

2. Dogs are not allowed in or near the water. 

3. No camping in the park.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Comfort Suites Lake City
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Comfort Inn and Suites offer a variety of amenities, including complimentary breakfast, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel is conveniently located near Interstate 75, providing easy access to local attractions such as Ichetucknee Springs State Park and the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park. Comfort Suites in Lake City is popular with business and leisure travelers seeking comfortable and convenient accommodations.
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Hampton Inn & Suites Lake City
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The Hampton Inn and Suites offers a range of amenities, including complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a business center. The rooms and suites are equipped with comfortable beds, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers. The hotel is conveniently located near many popular attractions in the area, such as Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Suwannee River, and O'Leno State Park.
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 2. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is home to the world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids, who perform daily shows in the park's underwater theater. Visitors can also take a riverboat ride, rent a kayak or paddleboard, or swim in the clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River. The park is also home to a variety of native Florida wildlife, including manatees and alligators.
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Notes:

1. According to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park website, "Spring and summer are busy seasons for Weeki Wachee Springs. Please plan to arrive early. On weekends and during the summer the park reaches capacity quickly. Guests will be turned away when the park is full. Guests will be admitted later in the day, when there is space."

2. Pets are not permitted inside the park. However, service animals as defined by the ADA are permitted.

3. No camping in the park.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotel:

Chassahowitzka Hotel
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The Chassahowitzka Hotel is a historic hotel located in Homosassa, Florida, known for its charming atmosphere and a prime location near the Chassahowitzka River. Built-in the 1940s, the hotel has recently undergone renovations to restore its vintage appeal while also providing modern amenities. Each room at the hotel is uniquely decorated and furnished with comfortable beds, air conditioning, and a private bathroom. Guests can also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV during their stay. The Chassahowitzka Hotel is surrounded by natural beauty, with opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities just a short distance away. Additionally, the hotel is conveniently located near several local restaurants and shops. Overall, The Chassahowitzka Hotel is a great choice for tourists looking for a cozy and relaxing stay in a historic setting while also enjoying the natural wonders of Homosassa, Florida.
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Spring Hill, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Express - Springhill, Florida is approximately 11 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, Florida. The hotel features comfortable rooms with modern amenities including free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a business center. The hotel is located in a convenient location for visitors looking to explore nearby attractions such as Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, the Hernando Heritage Museum, and the Bayport Park.
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3. Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park
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Located on the St. Johns River, Blue Spring State Park is a popular spot for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. The park's crystal clear waters are home to a large population of West Indian manatees during the winter months, making it a great place for visitors to see these gentle giants up close. The park also has a variety of nature trails and picnic areas.
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Notes:

1. According to Blue Spring State Park's website, "during periods of high visitation, visitors may experience long lines to enter Blue Spring State Park. The park frequently reaches capacity and may temporarily close. Closures occur intermittently and may last several hours. Visitors with camping or boat tour reservations will be admitted to the park while it is closed, but pedestrians and bicyclists will not be allowed to enter until the park reopens."

2. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Where allowed, pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet and be well-behaved at all times. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the parks.

3. Camping and cabins are available by reservation. See the link below to reserve a site.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Orange City Motel
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The Quality Inn near Blue Spring is located about 1.5 miles from Blue Springs State Park in Orange City, Florida. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area, as it offers comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, which is perfect for a refreshing dip after a day exploring the nearby state park. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, which includes a variety of hot and cold items. The rooms at the Quality Inn near Blue Spring are equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and a coffee maker. The rooms are also spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds and modern furnishings. In addition to its proximity to Blue Springs State Park, the Quality Inn near Blue Spring is also just a short drive from other popular attractions in the area, such as the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Daytona International Speedway.
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orange City - Deltona, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Orange City - Deltona is located in Orange City, Florida, just 5 miles from Blue Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among travelers due to its convenient location and comfortable accommodations. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Orange City - Deltona are well-appointed and spacious, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The location of the hotel makes it a great base for exploring the nearby Blue Springs State Park, which is home to crystal clear springs, hiking trails, and opportunities for wildlife watching. In addition to the state park, the hotel is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens and the Daytona International Speedway.
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Hampton Inn Debary/Deltona
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This hotel is located about 8 miles from Blue Spring State Park and features an outdoor pool, free breakfast, and spacious rooms.
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4. Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park
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Rainbow Springs State Park is home to the fourth-largest spring in Florida and offers visitors the chance to swim, kayak, or tube in crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. The park is also home to a variety of native wildlife, including otters, turtles, and birds. Visitors can explore the park's many nature trails or enjoy a picnic in one of the park's shaded areas.
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Notes:

1. According to the Rainbow Springs State Park website, "the park has very high visitation on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity at the headsprings entrance, the park will close to all visitors. When the park is closed, vehicles may not wait in line in the park or on adjacent roads. Due to high visitation, Annual Pass sales are restricted to weekdays and non-holidays only."

2. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Where allowed, pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet and be well-behaved at all times. Service animals are welcome in all areas of the parks.

3. Camping is available by reservation. See the link below to reserve a site. 

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Comfort Suites near Rainbow Springs
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The Comfort Suites near Rainbow Springs Dunnellon is located in Dunnellon, Florida, just 4 miles from Rainbow Springs State Park. This hotel is a great choice for visitors to the area, as it offers comfortable accommodations and convenient access to the state park. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Comfort Suites near Rainbow Springs Dunnellon are spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. The location of the hotel makes it an ideal base for exploring the nearby Rainbow Springs State Park, which is home to crystal clear springs, waterfalls, and opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and tubing. In addition to the state park, the hotel is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Ocala National Forest and the historic town of Dunnellon.
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The Gator Den Motel
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The Gator Den provides accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking and a bar and is located only 4.9 miles from Rainbow Springs State Park. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. Guest rooms include a private bathroom and hairdryer. Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.
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5. Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Juniper Springs Recreation Area
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Located in the heart of the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs Recreation Area is a popular spot for swimming, canoeing, and camping. The park's crystal clear waters are fed by the Juniper Springs, which flow at a constant 72 degrees year-round. Visitors can also explore the park's many hiking trails or take a scenic drive through the forest.
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Notes:

Juniper Springs is located in the Ocala National Forest as stated in the details. Make sure to visit the Florida Forest Service website, also in the details above, for special alerts, admission fees, and campground capacity closures. Campgrounds fill up quick, especially on the weekend. It is recommended to have a back-up plan in mind.

1. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all areas of the recreation area, including the campground and on the river.

2. Pets are allowed in designated areas only and must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

3. Glass containers are not allowed on the river or in any other areas of the recreation area.

4. Swimming is only allowed in designated swimming areas.

5. Fires are only allowed in designated fire rings and grills, and must be attended at all times.

6. Quiet hours are enforced from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

7. Motorized vehicles are only allowed on designated roads and parking areas.

8. Hunting and fishing are prohibited within the recreation area.

9. Use of generators is only allowed during designated hours.

10. All trash must be disposed of in designated receptacles.

It's always a good idea to check the official website or inquire with park staff for any updates or additional rules. Click on Details above for link to website and additional information.

Hotels:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Silver Springs-Ocala, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs - Ocala is located in Silver Springs, Florida, approximately 16 miles from Juniper Springs Recreation Area. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its comfortable accommodations and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Holiday Inn Express Silver Springs - Ocala are modern and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area, it's only a short drive away. The recreation area is home to crystal clear springs, hiking trails, and opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and tubing. In addition to Juniper Springs, the hotel is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Silver Springs State Park and the Ocala National Forest.
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Idle Awhile Resort
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The Idle Awhile Resort is located in Georgetown, Florida, and is approximately 35 miles from Juniper Springs Recreation Area. This hotel is a popular choice for visitors to the area due to its peaceful setting and range of amenities. The hotel features a range of accommodations, including cabins, cottages, and RV sites, to suit a variety of travelers. The cabins and cottages are well-appointed and come with full kitchens, private bathrooms, and comfortable beds. The RV sites feature full hookups and access to the resort's amenities. The Idle Awhile Resort is located on the St. John's River and offers a range of outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, and kayaking. Guests can also relax in the resort's swimming pool or hot tub, or explore the nearby attractions, such as the Ocala National Forest and the historic town of St. Augustine. While the Idle Awhile Resort is not located directly next to the Juniper Springs Recreation Area, it's only a short drive away. The recreation area is home to crystal clear springs, hiking trails, and opportunities for swimming, kayaking, and tubing.
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6. Ginnie Springs Outdoors

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Ginnie Springs Outdoors is a popular spot for snorkeling, swimming, and diving in the crystal clear waters of the Santa Fe River. The park is also a popular camping spot, with over 200 campsites available. Visitors can explore the park's many hiking trails or take a paddleboard or kayak down the river.
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Notes:

1. No pets or emotional support animals.

2. If you are under 18 years-of-age, you must be accompanied by a parent.

3. Guests must have their passes to enter and exit the park.

4. A waiver must be signed. This waiver is available online. Please find the link in the details above.

5. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotel:

BlueGem Motel
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Located just 7.8 miles from Ginnie Springs, The BlueGem Motel offers rooms with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi is also available. BlueGem is highly rated for a couples stay.
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7. Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park
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Located just outside of Orlando, Wekiwa Springs State Park offers visitors the chance to swim, snorkel, or kayak in crystal clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including black bears and bobcats. Visitors can explore the park's many nature trails or enjoy a picnic in one of the park's shaded areas.
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Notes:

1. According to the Wekiwa Spring State Park website, "During periods of high visitation, visitors may experience long lines to enter Wekiwa Springs State Park. The park frequently reaches capacity and may temporarily close. Closures occur intermittently and may last several hours. Campers with reservations will be admitted to the park when it is closed, but pedestrians and bicyclists will not be allowed to enter until the park reopens."

2. Pets are allowed at Wekiwa Springs State Park.

     -All pets must be on a hand-held, 6-foot leash at all times.

     -Pets may not be left unattended.

     -You may walk your pet along the trails and in use areas,

       but they are not allowed in the swimming area.

     -Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all         pet droppings in trash receptacles.

     -Service animals are allowed in all areas of the park.

3. There is an equestrian trail.

4. RV and tent campers enjoy this park.

5. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando-North
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The Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North hotel is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and is approximately 10 miles from Wekiwa Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its modern accommodations and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The rooms at the Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North are spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to Wekiwa Springs State Park, it's only a short drive away. The park is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Hyatt Place Lake Mary/Orlando North is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Orlando Science Center, and the Amway Center.
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Hilton Garden Inn Orlando North/Lake Mary
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The Hilton Garden Inn Lake Mary is located in Lake Mary, Florida, and is approximately 10 miles from Wekiwa Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its comfortable accommodations and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay enjoyable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and an on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. The rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Lake Mary are spacious and well-appointed, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to Wekiwa Springs State Park, it's only a short drive away. The park is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Hilton Garden Inn Lake Mary is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the Seminole County Sports Complex, and the Amway Center.
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando-Maitland
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The Homewood by Hilton Orlando North Maitland hotel is located in Maitland, Florida, and is approximately 13 miles from Wekiwa Springs State Park. This hotel is a popular choice among visitors to the area due to its spacious suites and convenient location. The hotel features a range of amenities to make your stay comfortable, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a complimentary breakfast each morning. The suites at the Homewood by Hilton Orlando North Maitland are spacious and well-appointed, with separate living areas, full kitchens, and free Wi-Fi. While the hotel is not located directly next to Wekiwa Springs State Park, it's only a short drive away. The park is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Wekiwa Springs State Park, the Homewood by Hilton Orlando North Maitland is also close to other popular attractions, such as the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Science Center, and the Amway Center.
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8. Alexander Springs Recreation Area

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Alexander Springs Recreation Area is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving in the crystal clear waters of the Alexander Springs. The park also has a variety of nature trails for visitors to explore, as well as a campground for those looking to stay overnight.
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Notes:

1. Alexander Springs is also located in the Ocala National Forest.

2. Pets are allowed in designated areas only and must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times. 

3. There is a 67-unit campground that can accommodate tents and recreation vehicles (up to 35-feet long).

4. Electrical, water or sewer hookups are not available; Hot showers and a dump station are provided.

5.  Some campsites are offered on a "first come, first served" basis.  A selection of other sites are available for reservation. 

6. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is located approximately 22 miles (about 35 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is a waterfront resort situated on the St. Johns River in DeLand, Florida. The resort offers a range of accommodations including cabins, villas, and suites, many of which have river views. The resort features amenities such as a marina, outdoor pool, hot tub, and a restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can also rent boats, kayaks, and paddleboards to explore the nearby waterways. Although the resort is not immediately adjacent to De Leon Springs State Park, it provides a peaceful and scenic base for exploring the park and the surrounding area.
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Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown
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The Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown is located in the heart of downtown DeLand, Florida, and is approximately 30 miles from Alexander Springs Recreation Area. This hotel is a popular choice for travelers looking to explore the historic downtown area of DeLand and its surrounding attractions. The hotel offers a range of amenities to make your stay comfortable, including an outdoor pool, fitness center, and on-site restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. The rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown are modern and spacious, with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. While the hotel is not located directly next to Alexander Springs Recreation Area, it is a convenient base for exploring the surrounding areas. The recreation area is a popular destination for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking in the crystal clear springs, as well as hiking and camping in the surrounding forest. In addition to Alexander Springs Recreation Area, the Courtyard by Marriott DeLand Historic Downtown is also close to other popular attractions, such as Stetson University, Blue Spring State Park, and the DeLand Naval Air Station Museum.
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The Historic Artisan Downtown Hotel
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Artisan Downtown is located approximately 13 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Artisan Downtown is a boutique hotel situated in a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of DeLand's downtown district. The hotel features unique and stylish rooms with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges. Guests can enjoy the hotel's rooftop terrace, fitness center, and restaurant which serves farm-to-table cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel's location provides easy access to De Leon Springs State Park, as well as to the many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions of downtown DeLand.
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9. De Leon Springs State Park

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De Leon Springs State Park is home to the Fountain of Youth, a natural spring that has been attracting visitors for centuries. The park offers visitors the chance to swim, snorkel, or kayak in crystal clear waters, as well as explore the park's many nature trails. The park also has a restaurant that serves up pancakes made on a griddle built into the table.
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1. Pets are welcome at De Leon Springs State Park, but not in swimming     areas. All pets must be on a hand-held, 6-foot leash at all times.

2. Camping is not available, but there are picnic areas with grills. 

3. The main restroom has outdoor showers.

4. A visitor's center offers exhibits featuring the park's 6,000-year          history.

5. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

The Ann Stevens House 1895 Historic Bed & Breakfast
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The Ann Stevens House is located about 9 miles (15 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. The Ann Stevens House is a historic bed and breakfast that offers guests a charming and elegant stay. The building dates back to 1906 and features beautiful architecture and antique furnishings. The guest rooms are spacious and individually decorated, with private bathrooms and modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Guests can enjoy a gourmet breakfast each morning in the dining room or on the outdoor patio, and the hotel also offers a library and a garden area for relaxation. The Ann Stevens House is a great option for those looking for a peaceful and luxurious stay near De Leon Springs State Park.
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The Historic Artisan Downtown Hotel
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Artisan Downtown is located approximately 13 miles (about 20 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Artisan Downtown is a boutique hotel situated in a beautifully restored historic building in the heart of DeLand's downtown district. The hotel features unique and stylish rooms with modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and mini-fridges. Guests can enjoy the hotel's rooftop terrace, fitness center, and restaurant which serves farm-to-table cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The hotel's location provides easy access to De Leon Springs State Park, as well as to the many shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions of downtown DeLand.
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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is located approximately 22 miles (about 35 minutes by car) from De Leon Springs State Park in DeLand, Florida. Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is a waterfront resort situated on the St. Johns River in DeLand, Florida. The resort offers a range of accommodations including cabins, villas, and suites, many of which have river views. The resort features amenities such as a marina, outdoor pool, hot tub, and a restaurant and bar that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can also rent boats, kayaks, and paddleboards to explore the nearby waterways. Although the resort is not immediately adjacent to De Leon Springs State Park, it provides a peaceful and scenic base for exploring the park and the surrounding area.
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10. Silver Springs State Park

Silver Springs State Park
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Silver Springs State Park is home to the famous glass-bottom boats, which allow visitors to see the park's crystal clear waters and native wildlife up close. Visitors can also swim, kayak, or explore the park's many hiking trails. The park is also home to a variety of exotic animals, including monkeys and alligators.
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Notes:

1. Well-behaved pets are welcome in the campground, picnic area and on hiking trails.

2. As of now, swimming is not permitted at Silver Springs.

3. Fishing, alcohol, and smoking are not permitted.

4. See website in Details above for additional information.

Hotels:

Equus Inn
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The Eqqus Inn in Ocala, Florida is located approximately 6 miles (about 12 minutes by car) from Silver Springs State Park. The Eqqus Inn is a boutique hotel with 48 rooms that feature modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cable TV, mini-fridges, and microwaves. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a continental breakfast is included in the room rate. The hotel is conveniently located near many popular attractions in the area including Silver Springs State Park, the Ocala Downtown Square, the Appleton Museum of Art, and the Ocala National Forest.
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Holiday Inn & Suites Ocala Conference Center, an IHG Hotel
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The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center, an IHG Hotel, is located approximately 7 miles (11 kilometers) from Silver Springs State Park. This hotel features contemporary rooms with modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool, fitness center, and an on-site restaurant and bar. The hotel is situated near several restaurants and shopping options.
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Comfort Inn Ocala Silver Springs
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The Comfort Inn Ocala Silver Springs is located just 2 miles (3.2 km) from Silver Springs State Park, which is approximately a 5-minute drive. The hotel features comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges, and microwaves. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, an outdoor pool, and a fitness center. Other amenities include a business center, free parking, and a guest laundry facility. The hotel is also conveniently located near other attractions such as the Ocala National Forest, Wild Waters Water Park, and the Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.
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FAQ's:

Q: Do I need to bring my own equipment to the springs?

A: It depends on the park. Some parks, like Weeki Wachee and Ginnie Springs, offer equipment rentals on site. Other parks, like Blue Spring and Ichetucknee, require visitors to bring their own equipment. Remember to click the website link for each spring in the "Details."

Q: Are the natural springs safe to swim in?

A: Yes, the natural springs in Florida are generally safe for swimming, as the water is constantly flowing and is filtered by the underground aquifer.

Q: Can I bring my dog to the parks?

A: It depends on the park. Some parks, like Wekiwa Springs, allow dogs on a leash. Other parks, like Weeki Wachee, do not allow dogs.

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