It’s time to hit up the natural springs! or is it?
In Florida, we don’t just have more than 1,000 miles of coastline, but we also have some of the most spectacular natural springs. And lots of them are within driving distance of Palm Beach County. These places are so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom, making it ideal for snorkeling, cave discovery and, of course, GoPro videos.
But, every year the season for swimming could change depending on the weather. The thing is, natural springs are home to manatees which jam pack the springs when the water in the ocean is too cold (during the colder months). But, as soon as the weather and the oceans warm up, manatees migrate back to the ocean, and the springs open up for humans to swim in it.
Important: You should always call the springs to find out if swimming if allowed before you plan your trip. Usually, swimming is allowed between late Spring to early fall.
Check out the video below of our visit to Alexander Springs in Spring of 2017:
1. WARM MINERAL SPRINGS
Address: 12200 San Servando Ave, North Port, FL 34287
Distance: From downtown West Palm Beach: About 2 hours, 59 minutes via Co Rd 74 and US-27 S.
2. KELLY PARK/ ROCK SPRINGS RUN
Address: 400 E Kelly Park RD Apopka, FL 32712
Distance: From downtown West Palm Beach: About 2 hours, 51 minutes via Florida’s Turnpike.
3. WEKIVA SPRINGS STATE PARK
Address: 1800 Wekiwa Circle Apopka, FL 32712
Distance: From downtown West Palm Beach: About 3 hours, 5 minutes via Florida’s Turnpike.
4. LITHIA SPRINGS REGIONAL PARK
Address: 3932 Lithia Springs Road Lithia, FL 33547
Distance From downtown West Palm Beach: About 3 hours, 8 minutes via Florida’s Turnpike.
5. ALEXANDER SPRINGS RECREATION AREA
Address: 49525 County Road 445, Altoona, FL 32702
Distance: From downtown West Palm Beach: About 3 hours, 28 minutes via Florida’s Turnpike.
Story updated: March 8th, 2018. Original story published: April 4th, 2017.