Springtime in Florida doesn’t quite mean what it does for the rest of the county. While other states are enjoying budding flowers and slowly warming temps, Floridians are thrust right back into killer humidity and heatwaves.
Luckily, there’s no shortage of ways to cool off in the Sunshine State, and the views certainly aren’t lacking either. Next time you’re looking for a cool spot to beat the heat, be sure to check out one of the six clearest bodies of water in Florida.
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Address: 5722 Baptist Camp Rd., Apopka, FL
Why You Need To Go: King's Landing is natural and spring-fed right off of the Wekiva River, where you can kayak, paddleboard, and float through crystal clear waters. You can even camp on the riverbank for just $5!
Silver Springs State Park
Address: 5656 E Silver Springs Blvd., Silver Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: This state park will make you feel like Mowgli lost in the Jungle Book as you float through vibrant greenery and blue waters. You might even spot some wild monkeys roaming through the trees!
Address: 300 Ginnie Springs Rd., High Springs, FL
Why You Need To Go: Float, paddle, and even dive at the famous Devil’s Eye hole at Ginnie Springs. The clear waters make a beautiful sight, especially where they start to mix with the deep amber of the Santa Fe River.
Anna Marie Island
Address: 100 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, FL
Why You Need To Go: Depending on where you’re coming from, you may have to pay a few tolls on your way to this pristine and secluded gem, but beach access is free and available at all hours around the island. Enjoy soft white sands and clear blue waters, and of course some choice shelling and dolphin watching spots.
Weeki Watchi Springs
Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL
Why You Need To Go: Just an hour outside of Tampa, you can coast over crystal blue waters and even check out the famous mermaid shows held daily at the Weeki Watchi Springs State Park.
Address: 8919 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL
Why You Need To Go: Famous for its sea turtle nesting grounds, Turtle Beach is a hidden gem near Siesta Key where you can enjoy sparkling blue waters and sugary white sands.