Thanks to Florida’s natural underground aquifer, about 800 billion gallons of water flow through limestone to bubble up to form more than 700 of the natural springs in the state every single day. That’s the largest collection anywhere on earth! During previous trips to Florida we saw several springs; this year we visited more.
De Leon Springs located in a state park was once a tourist attraction with a resort hotel, boat cruise, swimming area and show including a waterskiing elephant. The swimming area still exists and you can still take a boat tour.
We returned to Three Sister’s Springs where we volunteered in fall of 2019. The Manatee Festival was occurring, it was crowded with people! We saw some manatees and our friend Kim who returned to volunteer at Crystal River Wildlife Refuge this year.
Manatee Springs State Park is home to a smaller spring with a small swimming area, a boardwalk taking you through thick cypress groves to the Suwannee River.
Fanning Springs State Park, another park with a small spring once had a diving platform above the swimming area. The swimming area still exists. We saw two manatees enjoying the warm water.
We visited several springs by kayaking on the Sante Fe River with friends Jim and Lynae. You can see the springs by the change in water color from brown to blue.
With the numerous springs that Florida has to offer one can say, “So many springs, so little time”. We hope to visit them all one day.