Florida's Largest Springs
In order of size, here is where to find Florida’s largest springs with easy public access. Many, but not all, have swimming areas.
These are our books that mention specific springs as destinations. Of these, the Explorer’s Guide to North Florida & the Panhandle contains the most.
During the summer months, plan a spring-hopping adventure to beat the heat. Show up at parks at opening time, as they can get filled to capacity early on weekends.
It’s August. It’s Florida. Where do you go to cool off? The springs of the Suwannee River Valley. No matter the size, these natural swimming holes are a delight.
Not so busy thanks to their locations on the lower Suwannee River, this series of four major springs provide another 3-day weekend getaway option for active outdoor recreation in Florida
Between Madison and Marianna and across Wakulla County, explore a colorful collection of natural springs for swimming and snorkeling, all within an hour of Tallahassee.
With a dozen launch points and more than 15 springs along its 16 mile length, Holmes Creek, a tributary of the Choctawhatchee River, is a must-do paddling trip along a remote waterway.
Why Does Florida Have Springs?
Springs come out of the earth in Florida because the limestone bedrock beneath the state is very porous.
Rainfall soaks into the ground and fills natural underground reservoirs called aquifers, building up pressure. Water must emerge at the surface through crevices in the landscape.
Our spring temperatures are constant year-round, but vary by spring and location. Springs in the far northwest corner of Florida are as cool as 68F year-round.
Those in North Florida and Central Florida tend towards 70F and 72F. Warm Mineral Springs is Florida’s hottest spring at 85F.
Best Springs for Swimming
These are our favorite spring destinations for swimming and snorkeling.
Best Springs for Beauty
These are some of Florida’s most beautiful springs. Not all are open for swimming. Some can only be seen on foot, while others can be paddled to or visited by boat.