The Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is one of those must-see destinations. With water temperatures in the low 70s year-round, a dip in the springs located near Orlando is incredibly refreshing.
A day at the springs is also cheap with entry starting at $2 for a Florida State Park. For an inexpensive fun day in the sun, check out one of these beautiful parks near Orlando.
NATURAL SPRINGS NEAR ORLANDO
Archaeological evidence indicates that people have been using this spring for nearly 10,000 years…and it continues to be a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. $2 per person at the headsprings entrance and $5 per vehicle, up to eight people, at the tube entrance. Children under six years old are free.
19158 S.W. 81st Place Road
Blue Spring State Park covers more than 2,600 acres, including the largest spring on the St. John’s River. Blue Spring is a designated Manatee Refuge in the winter, and home to a growing population of West Indian Manatees. During a cold snap, 400+ manatees can be see huddling up for warmth in the spring. $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
2100 W. French Avenue
Orange City, FL
Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring. $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
1800 Wekiwa Circle
De Leon Springs
Go in the morning to cook your own pancakes at the Sugar Mill Restaurant, and then stay for the day to take a dip in the swimming area or rent canoes. $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
601 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
De Leon Springs, FL
Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run
A favorite park for tubing, Kelly Park features a free-flowing natural spring and Rock Springs a clear, swift creek. $3 per vehicle. Use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
30601 CR 433
Play volleyball, corn toss, enjoy live music and swim in the refreshing Wekiva River. This eco-recreation destination has an old Florida feel, a bar that serves beer and wine and riverside cabanas. The park usually fills to capacity around noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Entry is $1 per person or free on the weekdays.
1014 Miami Springs Road
Longwood, FL 32779