As long you hold your breath, you can get to this hidden place; a hole that leads to a marine oasis located in Florida's Blue Spring State Park.
This gem along the St. Johns River is a cool spring with 72-degree water, offering one of the best places to free dive. Blue Spring is known for the beautiful manatees and crystal blue waters that offers great visibility. In 2018, the number of manatees exceeded 485 and during the summer months, these beautiful creatures will be swimming next to you.
This hidden paradise also is home to a variety of wading birds, ospreys, eagles and kingfishers. Whether you hike around the spring or launch a kayak, this place will take you on an unforgettable adventure.
Two of the most popular activities to do in Blue Spring are snorkeling and scuba diving. There is a hidden cavern in the spring that leads to a mystery location and you are only allowed entry with a dive certification. Narcity spoke with a marine biologist, Sally Gal, and she said the cave can reach as deep as 90 feet.
Only certified divers are permitted to dive in the mysterious blue waters along with a dive buddy. Cave diving is available only to certified cave divers.
You can also enjoy tubing during the summer months and rent a tube at the park.
According to a Trip Advisor review, "I snorkel here regularly and am always blown away by the clear water, abundance of fish, and beautiful scenery. Spotting manatees is a special treat."
No matter the time of the year, it is always easy to spot wildlife and other marine life at this haven. If you are escaping the winter blues, this spring is the solution to your problems.
Blue Spring State Park
Address: 2100 W French Avenue Orange City FL 32763
Price: $6 per vehicle
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. until sundown
Why you need to go: This warm spring features gentle manatees and one of the best areas to scuba dive.
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