The City Beautiful is a thriving, bustling place where there’s always something to do. But if you’ve found yourself a little overwhelmed with the noise and crowds and are craving a quiet place to reset, you don’t have to travel far to find it. This pristine Florida spring in the Ocala National Forest called Juniper Springs makes for the perfect getaway day to immerse yourself in the peaceful vibes of nature.

At Juniper Springs Recreation Area, you’ll be surrounded by lush palms, bright blue waters, and only the sounds of nature to help you reset and relax. Admission to this hidden gem is just $6 during the week, and $10 on the weekends, perfect for the wayward adventurer who is also short on funds.

If you find yourself enamored with this magical spot, you can even camp overnight for just $22.

There are onsite canoe rentals for $42 — and a $20 deposit for canoe use, or you can bring your own floating craft to launch on the spring run for $6, with a $12 haul back fee.

While this gorgeous spring may feel remote, it’s just nine miles from the nearest modern amenities like gas stations, ATMs, and grocery stores.

If you’ve had your fill of watery fun, you can also explore the winding boardwalk trails of the Juniper Springs Nature Trail.

This jungle-like getaway is the perfect spot to reconvene with nature, escape the city noise, and surround yourself with calming, vibrant colors.

The Ocala National Forest is a gorgeous sub-tropical spot, and Juniper Springs will feel like a turquoise oasis hidden in the middle.

Juniper Springs Recreation Area

Price: $6 admission on weekdays, $10 on weekends

Address: 26701 FL-40, Silver Springs, FL

Why You Need To Go: Jump into crystal blue waters in this amazing sub-tropical spot.


Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.

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