Have a dreamy adventure; this makeshift ladder built into a tree is like something out of a woodland fairytale. You can find these tree ladders at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Central Florida, and when you climb to the top you will discover an epic rope swing to make a splash in the blue waters below.

Weeki Wachee Springs is only a 1-hour and 45-minute road trip from Orlando and just a 1-hour drive from Tampa. Hit the road this winter to discover these clear blue springs in Florida and go on a rope swing adventure.

You can kayak down the Weeki Wachee River and pass several of these tree ladders on the way. One of the most popular was found at the "Geronimo Tree." pictured, which fell down after succumbing to the elements in September; thankfully most of the other swinging spots are still intact.*

Dive into the sparkling waters. Of course, make sure that the water is plenty deep wherever you plan to jump and double-check that there's no one below you before taking the plunge. 

Weeki Wachee Springs is known for its turquoise waters and its deep freshwater cave system, according to Florida State Parks. The park also hosts a mermaid show with "real-life" mermaids, adding to the magic of these springs. 

Make waves at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park this winter. 

For more magical adventures, check out these articles on this island near Florida where you can see the Milky Way and this Florida State Park where you can roam among fireflies

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Price: $13

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

Why You Need To Go: If you're craving adventure, head to Weeki Wachee this winter. You can rope swing into a natural spring at this Florida State Park. 


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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