If there's one thing Orlando's known for, it's the amusement parks; however, many forget if you venture away from the city just a little bit you'll find some of the most gorgeous bodies of water imaginable. If you're looking for a beautiful place to cool off this summer, Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is only a 2.5-hour road trip from Orlando.\nYou'll want to get your Spotify playlists ready as you drive towards Gilchrist Blue in High Springs Florida — a true holy ground of turquoise hues that you'll never want to leave. You'll see just why this spring is considered one of the clearest in the state due to being a second magnitude spring.\nThe 2nd magnitude Gilchrist Blue produces over 44 million gallons of water a day that filters back out a shallow spring run and into the Santa Fe River, keeping it crystal clear and gorgeous — you can literally see the bottom.\n\n View this post on Instagram That clear water 🥰🥰 .. . . . . #nature #magic #trees #springs #floridaexplored #therealflorida #florida #roamflorida #springhunters #floridasprings #protectthesprings #saveourspring #naturalflorida #conserveflorida #kayak #kayaking #realflorida #wildflorida #floridanature #floridawildlife #floridahikes #keepflwild #adventure #waterpath #gilchristbluesprings #paradise #bluewater #floridastateparks A post shared by Alisha Saylor (@lisha2211) on Jul 29, 2019 at 2:46pm PDT\n\nAnd the underwater shots that you can get are seriously incredible. Many like to dive down towards the bottom of the big hole in the spring.\n\n View this post on Instagram You gotta find someone who pushes you mentally and spiritually. You gotta be on the same wave. Physical attraction just won’t cut it. #floridasprings #gilchristbluesprings #mermaidvibes #adventurenthusiasts #powercouple #gopro #cleanseyoursoul #challengeyourself #mondaymoods A post shared by Kiya Terry (@theroad2there) on Jun 3, 2019 at 9:04am PDT\n\nGilchrist Blue is also great for camping and kayaking too — the perfect peaceful escape from the city. Their shallow spring run is popular for kayakers, offering some extreme serene vibes.\n\n View this post on Instagram The dew shaking off the trees 🌳💦 . . . . . . . #nature #magic #trees #springs #floridaexplored #therealflorida #florida #roamflorida #springhunters #floridasprings #protectthesprings #saveourspring #naturalflorida #conserveflorida #kayak #kayaking #realflorida #wildflorida #floridanature #floridawildlife #floridahikes #keepflwild #adventure #waterpath #gilchristbluesprings #flstateparks #paradise A post shared by Alisha Saylor (@lisha2211) on Aug 3, 2019 at 5:34pm PDT\n\nWhether you make it a day trip or camp out the entire weekend adventure, you'll never forget (or want to leave) the gorgeous and clear blue depths of Gilchrist Blue Springs.\n View this post on Instagram Aksdjkdjdjsks so ive been visiting and swimming in the springs here in Florida and OH MY GOD. It is sooooo amazing to experience an entirely different place!! Freshwater + freezing cold water + really amazing clarity!!!! And since its freshwater I had no problem with being buoyancy. Ugh I had such a great time hanging out with everyone at Ginnie on Thursday!!! Thank you soooo much for existing and chillin with meeeee!IT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME 💖 @evilqueensiren @mermaid_mira @skullsandscales @mergazephotography @mermaidd305 @mermaid_jennalove @lori_florida_springs_mermaid @siren_sapphire @fairytaleblonde @sinderella1987 @olivethealchemist @luckofthesiren @sirena_sarah (if i missed anyone im so sorry 😭) A post shared by MERLIAH MERMAID (@merliahmermaid) on Jun 15, 2019 at 5:42am PDT\n\nIf you need more nature-filled road trips in your future, you can go on a wildlife safari on a secret road near Orlando; if a spontaneous day trip is more your style, you can take an indoor succulent safari at a hidden cactus-filled greenhouse — and maybe even head home with a new plant baby too.\nGilchrist Blue Springs State Park\nPrice: $4-6 per vehicle.\nAddress: 7450 NE. 60th St., High Springs, FL 32643\nHours: 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year\nWhy You Need To Go: Gilchrist Blue is considered one of the clearest in the state, and it's incredibly blue and beautiful. A true sunshine state paradise!\nWebsite\n\n\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.\n\n\n\n\nThere are stories everywhere! If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityUSA on Facebook and Instagram.