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6 Mesmerizing Turquoise Swimming Holes Within Driving Distance Of Tampa

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming...

As the Sunshine State, it comes as little surprise when Florida summers deliver scorching temps and humidity. Thankfully, locals know all the best spots to escape to and cool off from the summer sun. If you’re scouting out a new favorite swimming hole to float the days away in this season, then check out these gorgeous turquoise Florida springs just a short drive from Tampa.

The Gulf Coast boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. But if you find yourself needing a break from the salt, sand, and sun, then venturing to one of Florida’s natural springs is definitely the next best thing.

Grab an inner tube and float down a lazy river on the cheap, explore hidden channels via SUP board, or snorkel through the clearest waters you’ve ever seen. There are tons of ways to enjoy the springs, and these spots have the added bonus of being just a few hours’ drive from the Gulf Coast hub of Tampa.

Even better, most places only have a small admission fee to gain access, so you can enjoy these gorgeous spots without breaking the bank.

It’s summertime and the living’s pretty easy, especially at these Florida springs!

Three Sisters Springs

Price: $12.50

Address: Three Sisters Springs Center — 123 N.W. Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL

Drive Time From Tampa: ~ 1.5 hours

Why You Need To Go: These crystal-clear waters are perfect for a getaway trip for the day and are just a short road trip away.

Manatee Springs State Park

Price: $6

Address: 11650 N.W. 115 St., Chiefland, FL

Drive Time From Tampa: ~2.5 hours

Why You Need To Go: Admission is cheap, the park is open every day, and as a first-magnitude spring, the super clear waters allow for frequent manatee sightings.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Price: $13

Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL

Drive Time From Tampa: ~ 1 hour and 10 minutes

Why You Need To Go: Home to the deepest freshwater cave system in the country and tons of Florida wildlife, this gorgeous spring is just about an hour’s drive from Tampa.

Wekiva Springs State Park

Price: $6

Address: 1800 Wekiwa Cir., Apopka, FL

Drive Time From Tampa: ~ 1 hour and 40 minutes

Why You Need To Go: You’ll want to arrive at this spring early because it fills up fast during the summer months. While you’re in the area, check out the hidden oasis Wekiva Island.

Rock Springs Run

Price: $3

Address: 400 E Kelly Park Rd., Apopka, FL

Drive Time From Tampa: ~ 1 hour and 40 minutes

Why You Need To Go: Found at Kelly Park, Rock Springs Run offers a quiet, lazy downriver float alongside plenty of spots to stop for a swim swim.

Rainbow Springs

Price: $2 for headspring admission

Address: 19158 S.W. 81st Pl Rd., Dunnellon, FL

Drive Time From Tampa: ~ 1 hour and 40 minutes

Why You Need To Go: Soak in the 72-degree headspring or float down the natural lazy river at this beautiful spring is just a short drive from Tampa.

Happy swimming!

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.