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Top 5+ Springs in Florida and Around Tampa Bay

  • May 2, 2023
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Have you visited the most magical springs in Florida? ☀️

These natural springs in Florida are watery treasures that provide beautiful scenery, aquatic activities, and unique wildlife while giving you relief from the steamy Florida heat.

Hidden away in Florida’s wilderness, many of these springs in Florida are a reasonable drive from the Tampa Bay area. Stop searching for natural springs near me, here’s everything you should know! Keep reading for a list of some of our favorite springs in Florida.

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📷 @ThreeSistersSprings

Three Sisters Springs

Three Sisters Springs is one the most breathtaking springs in Florida, located on the Crystal River, Citrus County. This gorgeous natural inlet on the east side of Kings Bay is a destination for plenty of amazing kayaking and swimming. Named after the layout of the land, it contains three spring areas to explore!

Pro-Tip: They offer shuttle service, walk-in, and bicycle-in access to the springs area, but you can’t park at the springs – so plan ahead!

*Temporarily Closed from April-November*

Hours and Location

Monday | 8:30am–4:30pm
Tuesday | 8:30am–4:30pm
Wednesday | 8:30am–4:30pm
Thursday | 8:30am–4:30pm
Friday | 8:30am–4:30pm
Saturday | 8:30am–4:30pm
Sunday | 8:30am–4:30pm

📍601 Three Sisters Springs Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429

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📷 @DiscoverCR

Crystal River

If you want to see manatees, then we have the perfect spring in Florida for you. Enjoy kayaking and canoeing in Crystal River, where you can see treasured manatees, peaceful fishing, and gorgeous lakes.

Surrounding the river is a special community of shops and restaurants – where you can sample the freshest seafood! After dinner, explore their famous trails for a bit of hiking or a stroll with the family in the great outdoors.

Hours and Location

Daily | 8:30 am–Sundown

📍915 North Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, Florida 34429

Weeki Wachee Springs

This spring in Florida has been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1947, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park entertains locals and tourists with their mermaid culture!

Mermaids will swim in their crystal clear water for shows in the Mermaid Theater. If you’re looking for a more involved experience, the park offers kayaking to see the local wildlife and a fun riverboat cruise!

Pro-Tip: If you’re planning to go to Weeki Wachee, plan for an extra visit to Buccaneer Bay which has a whole water park, beach area, and the famous Weeki Wachee mermaids!

Hours and Location

Monday | 9:00am-5:30pm
Tuesday | 9:00am-5:30pm
Wednesday | 9:00am-5:30pm
Thursday | 9:00am-5:30pm
Friday | 9:00am-5:30pm
Saturday | 9:00am-5:30pm
Sunday | 9:00am-5:30pm

📍6131 Commercial Way Weeki Wachee FL 34606

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📷 Rainbow Springs and Oklawaha River Aquatic Preserve

Rainbow Springs

Rainbow Springs, formerly known as Blue Spring, is one of the first-magnitude artesian springs in Florida formation in Marion County, Florida. Rainbow Springs is the focal point of Rainbow Springs State Park.

Ornamental gardens, human-made waterfalls, and sloping hills are visible reminders of the springs’ more recent past when the land was home to a mining operation and a privately owned tourist attraction.

Take a walk through lush, mossy hammocks and then cool off in the springs — it’s a time-honored tradition.

Hours and Location

Daily | 8:00am–Sunset

📍Rainbow Springs, Florida 34432

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📷 Rock Springs

Rock Springs

This is one of those springs in Florida that is perfect for those who love spending time outdoors, especially with a horse! Explore 17 miles of trails for hiking and camping. You can even rent your own horse so you can adventure with friends through the trails.

Hours and Location

Monday | 8:00am-6:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am-6:00pm
Thursday | 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday | 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am-6:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am-6:00pm

📍30601 County Road 433 Sorrento FL 32776

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📷 Devil's Den Prehistoric Spring

Devil's Den Prehistoric Spring

Devil’s Den is one of the most famous springs in Florida. What started as a hidden gem scuba site in 1993 has turned into a world-famous travel destination!

Swim in their crystal clear water amongst ancient rock formations, stalactites, and a dreamy view of the sky.  You can go swimming here but if you’re looking for a more expert scenario, check out their scuba experiences as well!

Hours and Location

Monday | 8:00am-4:30pm
Tuesday | 8:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday | 8:00am-4:30pm
Thursday | 8:00am-4:30pm
Friday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am-5:00pm

📍5390 NE 180th Ave Williston, FL 32696

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📷 Wekiwa Springs

Wekiwa Springs

Located in Apopka, Wekiwa Springs totally needs to be a part of any day trip! If you’re looking for natural springs near me or for outdoor activities outside of Tampa, you need to check this out. Enjoy this chill tropical oasis with tons of space to spread out in the water or relax in a hammock.

Their crystal-clear water is always the perfect temperature, making it a weekend hit with the locals! If you don’t want to hit the water, enjoy the views through their different hiking trails – with ranging lengths for any difficulty level. Can you blame us for loving these springs in Florida?

Hours and Location

Daily | 8:00am-Sundown

📍1800 Wekiwa Cir Apopka, FL 32712

King's Landing

Up for some kayaking? This is one of the best springs in Florida for kayaking! Spend a day at King’s Landing and rent a kayak or canoe for up to 4 hours! You can also bring your own vessel. The right side is known for its crystal clear emerald water and jungle-like surroundings. The left side is known more for discovering wildlife like alligators, turtles, and black bears.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to leave the dogs at home for this trip, no dogs are allowed. Be sure to make reservations for vessels in advance. From Tampa, King’s Landing is about an hour and a half away!

Hours and Location

Monday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday | 8:00am-Sundown
Thursday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Saturday | 8:00am-5:00pm
Sunday | 8:00am-5:00pm

📍5722 Baptist Camp Rd, Apopka, FL 32712

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✨ Natural springs in Florida you must visit to experience magic ✨

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