Summertime in the Sunshine State is one long hot spell. You don't have to tell the folks in Tallahassee how Florida's hot summers can be brutal on the psyche. Fortunately, there's a lot of springs in and around the capital to cool off on a hot summer day.
This weekend will be even more potent for Tallahassee residents to find a crystal blue spring to go for a dip. With the Saharan dust cloud on its way, it will not only put a cap on hurricane development and bless Floridians with awesome sunrises and sunsets. The dust cloud may also ward off the state's famous thunderstorms.
But, when that happens, the temperature shoots up.
Saturday's high temp in-and-around Tallahassee is forecast to be around 93 degrees, with humidity sure to be part of it. It will be a hot weekend for sure, making the regional springs a must-visit destination to beat the heat. It will be like the waters will be calling your name, luring you to its cool depths.
So, if you're plans include breaking out the swim trunks or swimsuit and hitting the springs, here are the six best around Tallahassee that you should definitely pay a visit too.
Address: 433 Wacissa Springs Rd., Monticello, FL
Why You Should Go: The Wacissa River is home to over 22 different springs, all of them offering a different experience, and all practically begging for you to explore.
Madison Blue Springs State Park
Admission: $4-to-$5 per vehicle
Address: 8300 NE State Road 6, Lee, FL
Why You Should Visit: 82-feet-wide and 25-feet-deep, this crystal blue spring has long been a popular spot for heat-drenched Tallahasseans to take a cool and refreshing dip.
Admission: $14.02 per adult
Address: 7300 Ginnie Springs Rd., High Springs, FL
Why You Should Go: Ginnie Springs is a swimming hole that offers a huge array of things to do, from tubing to good 'ol fashion swimming.
Wakulla Springs State Park
Admission: $6 per vehicle
Address: 465 Wakulla Park Dr., Wakulla Springs, FL
Why You Should Go: Wakulla Springs is one of the largest springs in the world. It's also one of the deepest, making this a go-to-spot for Tallahassee residents wanting to beat the seeing weekend heat.
Rum Island Springs
Address: Rum Island Springs County Park, Fort White, FL
Why You Should Go: This park was founded by pirates, but you won't see any when you visit Rum Island Springs. Instead, you'll be among friends splashing and cooling off in its refreshing waters.
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
Admission: $6 per vehicle
Address: 12087 SW U.S. 27, Fort White, FL
Why You Should Go: This awesome state park is known for its fantastic tubing and spring-fed cool swimming holes. Put them both together, and you have the ultimate refreshing day in the 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.