Wanderlust is the real deal when you live in Florida; fantastic year-round weather lends us a hand when we're looking to take our next adventure - and so does Mother Nature. The Sunshine State is overflowing with beautiful state parks and sparkling springs that have our hearts calling to the water. This state park has the most captivating crystal clear blue spring, and they call it The Fountain of Youth.
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park was named in honor of the explorer that came to Florida in search of the Fountain of Youth; Although not the actual Fountain of Youth that Ponce was looking for, the springs here are so clear and the most pristine shade of turquoise that it almost looks like it glows. We can see why this spring would don the name, it certainly makes us feel youthful just looking at it.
The spring produces over 14 gallons of water every single day from the 2 underground streams coming together to make this beautiful body of water. Since the spring is underground stream fed which keeps it clean as it cycles each day, and the temperature is always a crisp and cool 68 degrees for a dip on a hot summer's day.
This spring is just too beautiful to pass up - and has the most perfect lush green backdrops to your crystal clear blue water Insta-photos. You can see a few gorgeous shots of the unofficial "Fountain of Youth" below:
Aside from the gorgeous Springs, Ponce de Leon State Park also has 2 little nature trails for observing wildlife and getting a little exercise - and you can bring your furry best friend:
If you're ready to take a dip in the Fountain of Youth, The Ponce De Leon Springs State Park is located at 2860 State Park Road. Ponce de Leon Springs FL 32455; they're open 8 am to Sunset, 365 days a year - and it's only $4 to enter per vehicle seating up to 8 people. If you hoof it or cycle in, it's only $2 to enter.
For more information about Ponce de Leon Springs, check their website here.
Disclaimer: We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit a potentially hazardous location, you check for the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.