Legends and history intertwine at Florida’s oldest attraction: The Fountain of Youth. This quiet little corner of northeast Florida has been drawing visitors since the 1500’s- and for good reason!
With over a 1,000 springs, choosing which ones to visit can be the hardest part. Here are the top 5 Florida springs you should visit this year and the reasons why they are worth the trip. So grab your kids and check out these family- friendly spring adventures!
A huge black winged bird swooped across our path and landed neatly on the picnic table in front of us. The ebony reptilian rolls around the bird’s neck jiggled as the creature leaned forward and peered into the blue and white striped canvas sack standing on the table top. I watched with a mixture of horror and fascination as the animal I recognized to be a turkey vulture, stuck his glossy beak into the bag and pulled out a piece of bread.
“Mom, do something,” my son urged.
I confess, I have a little obsession- okay a big one. I’m a hunter. You won’t find me on big game magazines or toting a gun- my prey is much too large for that- I’m a Florida Spring Hunter.
After last year’s bear hunting fiasco, I turned my attention to another direction and headed back into the wilderness for some Florida-style hunting: Spring Hunting! (No weapons required).
The Florida weather was cool, but the sun was bright during our expedition at Rainbow Springs State Park near the small town of Dunnellon, but that did not stop the brave hearted from swimming in the 72F springhead. Brrr. Okay, so they were from Quebec, so they probably thought it was downright hot…
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.