Spring Time in Florida Part I
No I am not talking about that time of the year where college students flood the touristic areas of the state, I am talking about one of the state wonders. Throughout Florida we encounter one of the many wonders that the state has to offer - The Florida Springs. With the highest concentration in the central part of the state, they provide an abundance of flora and fauna that are unique to the state. The Florida Springs maintain a consistent water temperature all year and the magnificent crystal-clear water is a must see.
On this trip, we visited two different springs, Silver Springs and Juniper Springs while camping.
Silver Springs is Florida's first tourist attraction. It is the one of the largest artesian springs. Silver Springs is famous for the Glass Bottom boat rides. The water is so crystal clear, it is amazing to see all the way to the bottom of the spring.
There are also kayaks and canoes available for rent and provide a great way to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the springs. The grounds around Silver Springs are beautifully landscaped and there are nature trails to explore as well. There is also a museum dedicated to the history of the springs and wildlife. There is a small café and sweet shop for treats after you work up an appetite from all the hiking and boating.
Juniper springs.....One of the oldest springs with the complex dating back to the 1930's, is more of a natural swimming pool. There is a large area for swimming and also activities like tubing and kayaking/canoeing. Golf cart and bicycle rentals are also available, as well as a small restaurant for snacks. An old mill is in the park which is fun to explore as well as a nature trail.
As with all the springs in FL, the water is crystal clear and there is plenty to do. Primitive camping is allowed with about 78 RV and tent campsites. A single rustic cabin that sleeps about a dozen people is also available. They use a lottery system to rent it out and with the high demand, it is sold out about a year in advance.
Wherever you decide to go, the springs are a must-see when travelling in Florida. You will not be disappointed with the sparkling, clear, refreshing water and the beauty of nature while visiting the parks.
Stay tuned for Springs part II where we take you to another beautiful natural spring located in western Florida.
Until our next adventure, Happy Camping!