The Sunshine State is undoubtedly blessed with great beaches. However, it's not the only way to get in touch with nature. These six nature escapes in Florida are perfect for those who are tired of the beach but still want to breathe in the fresh air.

It's hard to fathom, but the beach can get a bit old for some Floridians. Thankfully, the state is filled with other natural wonders that are just begging to be explored by beach-weary residents and visitors. If you still want to take a swim, Florida has magical springs that provide a much-cool refresh from a hot and humid day.

If you don't want to take a swim, no sweat, you can take a track through emerald green, lush forest in the heart of Central Florida. Maybe you want to kayak one of the state's great rivers. You can do that as well.

Or, you can have all of the above combined in one little-known, but no less splendid state park on the state's Atlantic coast. Truth be told, words alone won't be enough to illustrate the sheer beauty of the state that many save their entire lives to visit.

Travel to these six relaxing spots where you can immerse yourself into Florida's nature without worrying about the sand.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Price: $6 per vehicle  

Address: 12087 SW U.S. 27, Fort White, FL 

Why You Should Go: Well-known for its spring-fed swimming holes and excellent tubing, a day at Ichetucknee in North Florida will be a great alternative to a crowded beach.

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Falling Waters State Park

Price: $5 per vehicle 

Address: 1130 State Park Rd., Chipley, FL 

Why You Should Go: Not only does Falling Waters have lush sinkholes perfect for swimming and massive trees to ogle over, but this gem of a state park has the largest waterfall in the state. 

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Ocala National Forest 

Price: $60 per person 

Address: State Road 19, Astor, FL 

Why You Should Go: This lush natural forest in the heart of Central Florida provides an endless array of fun in nature. From swimming to hiking, there's no limit to adventure in this emerald green forest. 

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Devil's Den 

Price: $12 - $38 depending on the activity

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

Why You Should Go: This prehistoric spring is perfect for pitching a tent, diving, or swimming in the crystal blue waters that would make the devil itself envious. 

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Crystal River State Park 

Price: Free 

Address: 3266 N. Sailboat Ave., Crystal River, FL

Why You Should Go: Take a kayaking journey down one of Florida's best rivers. It will truly immerse you in the splendor of Old Florida. 

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Washington Oaks Gardens 

Admission: $5 per vehicle 

Address: 6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Palm Coast, FL 

Why You Should Go: This park truly combines the best of Florida's spellbinding nature. Take a walk on a trail fronted by ancient live oaks, azaleas, and other lush plants that could only be described in one word paradise. 

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Any of these spots would make for an awesome, non-beach day in the Sunshine State. 


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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