Summer is right around the corner and temperatures are rising in the Sunshine State. When you're melting in the heat, there are several beautiful nature escapes you can visit. On May 4, seven state parks with natural springs in Florida officially reopened with restrictions. You can dip your toes, kayak, or simply enjoy the view at these sparkling clear springs. 

Each park has implemented its own definition of limited use and capacity while following Gov. Ron DeSantis Phase 1 plan guidelines. Overall, visitors should expect the parks to be open for only day-use as to limit risk to visitors and staff, as well as cash transactions to be paid in exact change.

If you want to cool off in a crystal-clear natural pool, limited capacity swimming is currently permitted at Wekiwa Springs State Park, De Leon Springs State Park, and Blue Spring State Park. 

Day use activities are now open at Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Troy Springs State Park, and Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park. 

While it's important to remember to maintain social distancing guidelines during your visit, including staying six feet apart, don't forget to lay back and relax.

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Price: $6 per vehicle 

Address: 1800 Wekiwa Cir., Apopka, FL

Why You Need To Go: This tropical getaway features one of the most gorgeous springs in the state. Best of all, the park is just a 20-minute drive from Orlando.

De Leon Springs State Park 

Price: $6 per vehicle

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

Why You Need To Go: This historic spot has "healing" waters you can swim in and several beautiful trails throughout the park for you to wander. 

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

Price: $5 per vehicle

Address: 799 N.W. Blue Spring Rd., Mayo, FL

Why You Need To Go: Swimming at this park is closed temporarily, but you'll still get a stunning view of the water and the lush natural surroundings. 

Blue Spring State Park 

Price: $6 per vehicle

Address: 2100 W French Avenue, Orange City, FL

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for turquoise waters and winding boardwalks, this is the place for you. You can now test the waters this spring and summer. 

Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park

Price: $2 for bicycle or pedestrian, $3 per vehicle

Address: 8737 US Highway 19 N., Port Richey, FL

Why You Need To Go: You can bring your kayak and paddle through this deep natural spring, or go for a scenic walk down a meandering trail. 

Troy Spring State Park 

Price: $5 per vehicle

Address: 674 N.E. Troy Springs Rd., Branford, FL

Why You Need To Go: These bright blue waters are worth the visit. Even though swimming is closed for now, there is so much to explore at this hidden gem. 

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park 

Price: $4 per vehicle

Address: 18532 180th Street, Live Oak, FL 

Why You Need To Go: You can gaze at the blue-green waves in this beautiful state park that boasts six sinkholes and multiple natural springs. 


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.


 

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