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.
You'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.
The 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.
And 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.
Gilchrist 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.
Whether 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.
If 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.
Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park
Price: $4-6 per vehicle.
Address: 7450 NE. 60th St., High Springs, FL 32643
Hours: 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year
Why 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!
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