Bike through the Everglades, paddle with alligators, horseback riding along the coast, scuba/ snorkel on unspoiled reefs, and swim with manatees – your Florida adventure vacation comprises everything that you have been longing for years. The south-easternmost U.S. state is blessed with idyllic beaches, natural as well as manmade waterways packed with refreshingly cool water. If you wish to cool off in this beautiful Sunshine State in summer, we have narrowed down a few places that will surely tickle your senses for sure. Here, the experts at SFR bring you a handful of places absolutely conducive for swimming in Florida.
The amazing swimming opportunities are as enticing and enthralling as the conducive weather and soothing climate. When you stay at Florida vacation rentals, it becomes quite convenient to reach out to the gorgeous swimming holes with refreshing waters and breathtaking surroundings. Check out the most suitable places to swim with your loved ones in Florida.
Drive north of Orlando from Orlando vacation rentals to reach Ocala National Forest where the crystal clear waters of Silver Glen Springs are already waiting for you. Surrounded by lush forests of pine, oak, and cedar, this is an oasis for the senses. Silver Glen Springs is a perennial Florida summertime swim that allures families with its emerald waters. As the sun shines, this splendid swimming hole along the edge of the Big Scrub bequeaths your entire family a spring run that pours out into Lake George.
If Silver Glen Springs failed to cool you off, Ocala National Forest has another gem, i.e. Juniper Springs right at your disposal. It is a beautiful subtropical swimming area flaunting clear blue waters that flow out of natural resources. Here, you will be swimming in the shaded areas under soaring palm and oak trees.
Whether you are looking for a relaxing day on the water or a vigorous adventure, padding wading through pristine waters of Ichetucknee Springs is just an ideal choice. While swimming in Ichetucknee Springs State Park is a favorite pastime of locals, you may like to try other interesting activities like kayaking with manatees under miles of leafy shaded hammocks and wetlands.
Swim to your heart’s content at Madison Blue Spring, a sinkhole pouring out a first magnitude spring into the Withlacoochee River! Another swimming destination from a short drive from your Florida vacation home, you will feel like bathing in your own swimming hole. The spring is shaded by pine and hardwood trees, which turns it even more attractive to cool off. It is perched in an eighty-five-foot wide limestone basin. It flaunts cool waters and underwater caves.
A picturesque swimming hole set within a lush surrounding, Ginnie Springs is consistently ranked amongst the clearest spring in the state. Take a dip in the cool water only to come out more refreshing, relaxing, and rejuvenating. Ginnie Springs is the right destination to say goodbye to your worries – actually, you will see your worries and sorrows being drifted away as you soak in the lush green landscape. A pure bliss!
Imagine yourself swimming with your partner in Wakulla Springs that conserves the largest and deepest freshwater spring in the world. The feeling is ecstatic, isn’t it? Rimmed by an ancient cypress swamp, Wakulla Springs is a gem in Florida, which is protected in the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. It is located 5 miles east of Crawfordville in Wakulla County and 14 miles south of Tallahassee. Bird watching, picnicking, nature trails, guided riverboat, horse trails, snorkeling, and interpretive exhibits are amongst other fascinating things to count on here in the state park.
Here at Fanning Springs State Park, you will enjoy crystal clear blue-green spring waters under ancient oaks on the historic Suwannee River. This 72-degree, 207-foot deep swimming hole with a unique shallow sandy area for kids makes one of the most sought-after swimming spots for your entire family.
A TA traveler reviews Blue Springs – “This place is neat. It's a short run, so I wouldn't rent a tube, you don't need it, if you like to be in the 72 degree water. The head spring is a short swim from the entry point. Plenty to explore near the head spring. Then float or swim the short run to the end of the park. It was fun & I would recommend to others. Plenty of pick nick areas & bathrooms.” Blue Spring, a manatee refuge covering 2,600 acres, is the largest spring on St. John’s River. Swimming in the spring is prohibited from November to March during manatee season.
How does it feel to be relaxing in the largest freshwater swimming pool in America? If you wish to experience, the Venetian Pool, a one-of-a-kind water feature, is the place to go. Holding up about 820,000 gallons of crystal clear freshwater (emptied and refilled every day with naturally filtered water), it is the only pool listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The water is always a neat and clear shade of blue.
This is a good local swimming hole that brags about 72 degrees year-round. Take a plunge into the sapphire-blue waters and become part of a story stretching back to 10,000 years when humans first made their way to Rainbow Springs State Park. The average depth is 5 feet to 18 feet. Take a rejuvenating dip in the headwaters, enjoy a meal in the picnic area, and return to your elegant abode – Florida vacation condo.