24 awesome hidden Florida springs and how to find them

For the adventurous spring hunters in the Orlando area, there are quite a few other watery options that are off the beaten path. Some of these Florida springs you may visited before, some are a bit of a drive, and some you may have lived by your whole life without knowing they're there. Regardless, here are a few of our favorite Florida springs that you might not know about, but should.

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Ginger Ale Spring
Three miles northwest of Altamonte Springs
Estimated travel time: 25 minutes from Orlando
Ginger Ale Spring may be more uncommon than other springs but it is an easy-find. While on State Road 434, take Markham Woods Road north to Commerce Park Drive. Parking is available there, and guests can walk across Markham Woods Road then head north until they reach the trail to the spring, which is located on Seminole County property.
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Ginger Ale Spring
Three miles northwest of Altamonte Springs
Estimated travel time: 25 minutes from Orlando

Ginger Ale Spring may be more uncommon than other springs but it is an easy-find. While on State Road 434, take Markham Woods Road north to Commerce Park Drive. Parking is available there, and guests can walk across Markham Woods Road then head north until they reach the trail to the spring, which is located on Seminole County property.

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Alexander Springs Recreation Area
49525 County Road 445, Altoona, Fl 32702
Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 7 minutes from Orlando
Florida weather might be all over the place, but the water here doesn’t care. At a constant temperature of 72 degrees, this spring is perfect to swim, snorkel and scuba in no matter the time of year. Afterwards, take a stroll through the mile-long interpretive loop trail for a view of the vegetation used by early Native Americans.
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Alexander Springs Recreation Area
49525 County Road 445, Altoona, Fl 32702
Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 7 minutes from Orlando

Florida weather might be all over the place, but the water here doesn’t care. At a constant temperature of 72 degrees, this spring is perfect to swim, snorkel and scuba in no matter the time of year. Afterwards, take a stroll through the mile-long interpretive loop trail for a view of the vegetation used by early Native Americans.

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Fanning Springs
18020 Northwest U.S. 19-98, Fanning Springs, FL 32693
Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 11 minutes from Orlando
In the 1950s, Fanning Springs used to have a roller rink. Now, in an effort to maintain the park’s natural beauty, guests forgo the cheesy disco lights in favor of clear blue springs, a sandy volleyball court and hikes through a hardwood forest. Or, if you want to relax while you take in the natural splendor, a shady gazebo on the Suwannee river offers a comfortable place to watch the sturgeon jumping out of the water in the warmer months. 
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Fanning Springs
18020 Northwest U.S. 19-98, Fanning Springs, FL 32693
Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 11 minutes from Orlando

In the 1950s, Fanning Springs used to have a roller rink. Now, in an effort to maintain the park’s natural beauty, guests forgo the cheesy disco lights in favor of clear blue springs, a sandy volleyball court and hikes through a hardwood forest. Or, if you want to relax while you take in the natural splendor, a shady gazebo on the Suwannee river offers a comfortable place to watch the sturgeon jumping out of the water in the warmer months.

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Nova Spring
Eight miles west of Sanford
Estimated travel time: 40 minutes from Orlando
Submerged in the Wekiva River, this limited access swimming hole is just south of Nova Drive and can be accessed by boat on the Wekiva River or through someone who owns property on the land surrounding the spring. You must have permission to access this spring, meaning you could be arrested for trespassing. 
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Nova Spring
Eight miles west of Sanford
Estimated travel time: 40 minutes from Orlando

Submerged in the Wekiva River, this limited access swimming hole is just south of Nova Drive and can be accessed by boat on the Wekiva River or through someone who owns property on the land surrounding the spring. You must have permission to access this spring, meaning you could be arrested for trespassing.

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Alapaha Rise
4525 Southwest 107 Ave., Jasper, FL 32052
Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 40 minutes from Orlando
This Northern Florida spring, connected to the Suwannee River, is truly hidden with land around the water privately owned. To get to the dark water spring, use the boat ramp at Hutch Gibson Park and canoe upriver about a fourth of a mile. This one is for the adventurous spring lover. 
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Alapaha Rise
4525 Southwest 107 Ave., Jasper, FL 32052
Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 40 minutes from Orlando

This Northern Florida spring, connected to the Suwannee River, is truly hidden with land around the water privately owned. To get to the dark water spring, use the boat ramp at Hutch Gibson Park and canoe upriver about a fourth of a mile. This one is for the adventurous spring lover.

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Sanlando Spring
Three miles west of Longwood
Estimated travel time: 24 minutes from Orlando
Surrounded partly by a white sand beach, Sanlando Springs is a private swimming area named for its location between Orlando and Sanford. The freshwater spring is accessible through a gated residential community. Once you get permission to enter the gate at The Springs subdivision, head right on Springs Boulevard and turn right on Woodbridge Road then continue on that road. 
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Sanlando Spring
Three miles west of Longwood
Estimated travel time: 24 minutes from Orlando

Surrounded partly by a white sand beach, Sanlando Springs is a private swimming area named for its location between Orlando and Sanford. The freshwater spring is accessible through a gated residential community. Once you get permission to enter the gate at The Springs subdivision, head right on Springs Boulevard and turn right on Woodbridge Road then continue on that road.

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Devil's Den
5390 Northeast 180th Ave., Williston, Fl 32696
Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 31 minutes from Orlando
Pull a Dracula and hide from the sunlight at this underground spring tucked inside a dry cave. Try your hand at some open water and cave diving, and brag to your friends about the stalactites — that’s the pointy things on the ceilings — and 33-million-year-old fossil beds you got to swim around. Don’t make the drive if you’re not scuba- or snorkeling-certified, however, or you won’t be allowed into the spring.
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Devil's Den
5390 Northeast 180th Ave., Williston, Fl 32696
Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 31 minutes from Orlando

Pull a Dracula and hide from the sunlight at this underground spring tucked inside a dry cave. Try your hand at some open water and cave diving, and brag to your friends about the stalactites — that’s the pointy things on the ceilings — and 33-million-year-old fossil beds you got to swim around. Don’t make the drive if you’re not scuba- or snorkeling-certified, however, or you won’t be allowed into the spring.

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Rock Springs Run
30601 County Road 433, Sorrento, FL 32776
Estimated travel time: 39 minutes from Orlando
Even though this spring isn’t completely swimmer-friendly (visitors can’t dip into the Wekiwa side of things), you shouldn’t write this one off. Enjoy the unique experience of only being able to reach the primitive campgrounds by canoe. This one's for serious spring hunters. 
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Rock Springs Run
30601 County Road 433, Sorrento, FL 32776
Estimated travel time: 39 minutes from Orlando

Even though this spring isn’t completely swimmer-friendly (visitors can’t dip into the Wekiwa side of things), you shouldn’t write this one off. Enjoy the unique experience of only being able to reach the primitive campgrounds by canoe. This one's for serious spring hunters.

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Three Sisters Springs
915 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429 
Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 38 minutes from Orlando
This one is just for the manatees, folks. Swim with the cute lil sea cows or simply look at them from the spring’s boardwalk. Either way, you’ll get a clear view of them. The amount of manatees on site fluctuates depending on the time of year, but the cooler days after mid-November will get you more mammal for your buck. This spring made headlines after hundreds of the manatees huddled together to keep warm.
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Three Sisters Springs
915 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429
Estimated travel time: 1 hour, 38 minutes from Orlando

This one is just for the manatees, folks. Swim with the cute lil sea cows or simply look at them from the spring’s boardwalk. Either way, you’ll get a clear view of them. The amount of manatees on site fluctuates depending on the time of year, but the cooler days after mid-November will get you more mammal for your buck. This spring made headlines after hundreds of the manatees huddled together to keep warm.

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Hart Springs
4240 Southwest 86th Ave., Bell, FL 32619
Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 17 minutes from Orlando
With one of the largest swimming facilities in the area and water that stays 72 degrees year-round, Hart Springs in the perfect place to take a dip on a scorching Florida day. Bring a tube or raft and work on your tan as you soak in the sun or grab a snorkel and explore the spring bottom for unique shells. Swimmers have even found arrowheads hidden between the rocks. 
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Hart Springs
4240 Southwest 86th Ave., Bell, FL 32619
Estimated travel time: 2 hours, 17 minutes from Orlando

With one of the largest swimming facilities in the area and water that stays 72 degrees year-round, Hart Springs in the perfect place to take a dip on a scorching Florida day. Bring a tube or raft and work on your tan as you soak in the sun or grab a snorkel and explore the spring bottom for unique shells. Swimmers have even found arrowheads hidden between the rocks.

Photo via taylorrockette/Instagram