With July fast approaching, you're probably daydreaming of relaxing in refreshing blue waters in the Sunshine State. The good news is, there are several natural springs and scenic lakes that make the perfect swimming holes in Florida. These spots have crystal clear water that'll keep you from sizzling under the summer sun. Take a dip soon, and you'll feel totally revived.

Dive in this summer at Lake Conway Chain of Lakes, Gilchrist Blue Springs, Madison Blue Springs, Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Blue Spring State Park, and Winter Haven Chain of Lakes. You'll see all the way to the bottom. 

These six watering holes are a dream come true for melting Floridians. With July and August looming, eventually sitting on your porch with a dripping popsicle just isn't going to cut it anymore. It's time to break out the bathing suit. 

Whether you want to swim laps, chill on a boat, or lay back on a pool floaty, there's something for everyone who's overheated at these gorgeous swimming holes. Just make sure you don't forget the sunscreen!

Lake Conway Chain of Lakes

Price: Free

Address: Lake Conway, Belle Isle, FL 

Why You Need To Go: If you haven't visited a lake in Florida, this a great place to start. This scenic spot has clear seafoam green waters perfect for paddleboarding. It's totally worth the trip. 

Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park 

Price: $4-$6 per vehicle

Address: 7450 N.E. 60th St., High Springs, FL

Why You Need To Go: There's nowhere prettier than Gilchrist Blue Springs. These impossibly clear blue waters will make your pink pool floaty look even cuter. You'll feel completely rejuvenated after an afternoon spent here. 

Madison Blue Springs State Park 

Price: $4-$5 per vehicle, $2 per pedestrian 

Address: 8300 N.E. State Road 6, Lee, FL

Why You Need To Go: There's a hidden swimming hole in the Panhandle where you can see right through the sapphire depths. Jump in and explore this enchanting place this summer. 

Ichetucknee Springs State Park 

Price: $6 per vehicle 

Address: 12087 S.W. U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, FL

Why You Need To Go: Bring a tube or kayak and float blissfully on the sparkling surface of Ichetucknee Springs. This incredible spot has a natural lazy river, which is pretty much heaven. 

Blue Springs State Park 

Price: $6 per vehicle

Address: 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, FL 

Why You Need To Go: This stunning swimming hole stays a perfect 72 degrees year-round. You'll feel like new again after having a soak in these translucent springs.

Chain of Lakes Winter Haven 

Price: Free

Address: Winter Haven, FL 

Why You Need To Go: Who says springs make the best swimming holes? Head to these pretty lakes in Central Florida. You can sunbathe on a boat or hop in for a refreshing dip. 

These are the swimming holes of your summer daydreams. It's scorching hot out, so throw on your favorite stripey suit and get out there. You'll feel like a new person when you emerge from these cool waves. 


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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