Formerly known as Downtown Disney, the popular Orlando restaurant, entertainment, and shopping district inside of Walt Disney World recently underwent a facelift. Renamed Disney Springs, this area of trendy shops and restaurants centers around a man-made spring, a nod to Florida’s most precious natural resource.
I have been slightly obsessed with springs this year, ever since my dip at Juniper Springs in the Ocala National Forest over the holidays. Having already explored the land portion of Silver Springs State Park with my girls, I returned to do some spring hunting on the Silver River.
Silver Springs State Parks sits on the edge of the town that was built up from it. Formerly a famous Florida icon, the past decades have been unkind to this natural beauty, and recently it was rescued and reclaimed by the state and given “State Park” status, much like other Florida legends such as Homosassa Springs, Weekie Wachie, and Rainbow Springs. We stopped here to take a break from our Ocala National Forest explorations…