4 Natural Springs near the Tampa Area


You may have seen a friend or two post an amazing photo of their visit to one of Florida's natural springs, they are all over the place, you just need to know where to look! There are currently around 33 natural springs that you can swim, kayak or take a guided boat tour in! View them all here

If you are looking to spot a heard of Florida Manatees from mid November until late March, Three Sisters Springs is the place to be! These natural springs stay at a constant 72 degrees year round, which is great for the Manatees as the Gulf of Mexico cools off, they can migrate into the springs to stay warm. Visiting Three Sisters Springs can be done by land or by water, if you choose to visit by land you can enjoy a walk along a boardwalk and a 57 acre refuge with scenic nature trails. If you happen to be out on the boat and would like to visit, you can snorkel, swim or boat (small boat) by launching on Kings Bay. 

Weeki Watchee Springs

Weeki Wachee means winding water in Seminole. The spring discharges 112 million gallons of water each day from a small 20ft by 3ft vent at a depth of 195 ft. The force of the water coming out is too great for safe entry, so do not try to explore. Instead enjoy an amazing view of the mermaids dancing about underwater or take an exciting ride down one of the slides! Speaking of mermaids, did you know the 3 part mermaid theater was built in Clearwater and then moved to Weeki Watchee? I bet US 19 was fun that day!

Straight down, or around in circles? The choice is yours! 

Not only is Weeki Watchee springs a beautiful place to swim, you can also take some pretty great pics too! 

Silver Springs State Park

If swimming in a natural spring isn't for you, try Silver Springs! A ride on the glass bottom boats of Silver Springs will provide you a view of the nature below, without getting your hair wet!

Rainbow Springs state park

Rainbow Springs state park is a great place to go for tubing, kayaking and camping! With rentals available you can plan a day at Rainbow Springs without worry of bringing your own Kayak, Canoe or Tube! 

If getting in the water isn't your thing, enjoy the beautiful waterfalls, gardens or picnic areas with tables and grills at the ready. 

It is Florida, so beware of creatures like snakes, spiders and alligators