The Sunshine State's beautiful beaches are the first to pop into people's minds and dreams when one thinks about swimming. While Florida's serene beaches are certainly on a level of their own, folks shouldn't forget about the inland spots to take a dip. There are plenty of amazing swimming holes in Florida that are less crowded and provide just as much fun.

The state's inland water basins are just as diverse and varied as the coastline. From deep, underground lakes that have been around since the prehistoric times to springs covered by beautiful tropical foliage, you will have no problem finding a spot to cool off from the summer heat.

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These spots can provide a wonderous amount of excitement and enchantment. College kids turn up the volume on the party at Alexander Springs near Gainsville.

Over on Florida's West Coast, swimmers can indulge in a day at Weeki Wachee Springs and witness the mermaids that populate this famed watering hole.

These six fabulous swimming holes show you don't need to visit the beach to have fun in the water.

Wekiwa Springs 

Admission: $6 per vehicle

Address: 1800 Wekiwa Cir. Apopka, FL

Why You Should Swim Here: As one of the state's popular spots, Wekiwa Springs is Central Floridian's alternative to a beach day.


Alexander Springs 

Admission: $6 per person

Address: Hwy 450, Ocala, FL

Why You Should Swim Here: Sitting in the middle of the lush Ocala National Forest, Alexander Springs is a college kid's paradise for swimming and hanging out with the crew.


Weeki Wachee Springs 

Admission: $13 per person

Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL

Why You Should Swim Here: This spring has it all: a mermaid show, water park, and the turquoise waters that will have you forgetting about the shore.


Devil's Den 

Admission: $38 for diving

Address: 5390 N.E. 180th Ave., Williston, FL

Why You Should Swim Here: This swimming hole goes back to the age of dinosaurs but has since become a favorite for divers and snorkelers.


Fanning Springs 

Admission: $6 per vehicle

Address: 18020 NW Highway 19, Fanning Springs, FL

Why You Should Swim Here: This beautiful blue-green spring has lush surroundings and is set to the perfect temperature to cool off during those hot Florida days.


De Leon Springs 

Admission: $6 per vehicle

Address: 601 Ponce de Leon Blvd., DeLeon Springs, FL

Why You Should Swim Here: One of the more famed spots in the state, this Central Florida spring is all about history and fun in the water.


Make sure you pack your bathing suit or swim trunks and hit these six great watery paradises before the summer is over.

We 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.