Beyond the glitz of Miami, and the thrill-ride theme-parks of Orlando, there’s a natural beauty to Florida few tourists ever see. In college, I spent many weekends drifting on an inflatable raft across the bright turquoise waters of the natural springs in the Ocala National Forest. Yes, they really are that blue!
Believe it or not, there are over 700 natural springs throughout Florida, making the sunshine state the largest convergence of freshwater springs on the planet. Most are located in north and north-central Florida, with a few around Tampa Bay.
Remarkably, the springs stay a cool 72°F year-round, making them a local favorite for escaping the heat.
Come discover the real Florida as I visit the five natural springs of the Ocala National Forest.