On our way to a weekend commitment, we made a one night stop at a favorite Florida natural attraction, fresh water springs! Our first taste of natural springs was the previous fall at Rainbow Springs. Both stays were way too short. A month could be spent exploring the unique springs across central Florida.
This stop was at Manatee Springs State Park. In the winter, manatees hang out in the spring to take advantage of the reliable 72-degree water. We were there a little too early for that but were able to take advantage of the 72-degree water as well, with a wetsuit. The area along the spring has been nicely built up with a few access points to enter the springs. There are kayak and canoe rentals to paddle your way out to the Suwannee River or you can walk along the boardwalk through the eerie, moss covered trees.
We did have some friends, actually a lot of friends hanging out along the edge of the springs. A local told us he gets a good laugh from people who notice them and scurry out of the water. He assured us they were not venomous and of the dozens along the shore, I didn’t see any in the water.
Clear & refreshing
Not a night-time hangout in my opinion
There are gators in them there woods
The campground was being refreshed while we were there and only one loop was open. As far as state parks go, it was average. Not a ton of vegetation between sites so neighbors are in view but there was plenty of space between sites. The deer, on the other hand, aren’t so respectful of space, they have absolutely no fear and no boundaries!