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Dive Into Summer: Central Florida Springs And River Trips #WorthDoing This Memorial Day Weekend

We’re on the heels of summer, and Orlando residents are taking advantage of some local bodies of water. Springs, rivers and state parks are perfect for those of us who like being closer to nature or farther from the beach.

If you’re willing to make a longer drive or do some trailblazing, check out this map of all springs in Florida and this map of all Florida State Parks, courtesy of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Here’s a rundown of some of nearest places to cool off about an hour’s drive away perfect for a Memorial Day Weekend adventure:

Rainbow River- K.P. Hole State Park

Less than two hours away from the city noise of Orlando is Rainbow River.  Tucked away near Dunnelon surrounded by silence and natural beauty of K.P Hole State Park is an oasis of tranquility and fun for the whole family.  Grab a few inner tubes and take a relaxing float down the crystal clear waters of Rainbow River.

Where:  9435 SW 190th Avenue Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432

Hours: 8:00a.m -8p.m  During Summer

Admission fees: $5 entry fee

More Info: CLICK HERE  

Kelly Park/ Rock Springs Run

Kelly Park/Rock Springs Run

Kelly Park is home to the free-flowing Rock Spring which stays a cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If canoeing doesn’t float your boat, tubing on the spring run also is popular.

Where: 400 E Kelly Park Rd., Apopka, FL

Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. During the summer

Admission fees: $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people.

More Info: CLICK HERE 

Blue Springs State Park

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park has the largest spring on the St. John’s River. Swimming isn’t the only attraction here, manatees can be seen all around the park during season (November through March).

Where: 2100 W. French Avenue, Orange City, FL

Hours: 8 a.m. To sundown

Admission fees: $6 per vehicle, $4 for a single occupant vehicle

More Info: CLICK HERE 

Lake Louisa State Park

Swim, fish or canoe in Lake Louisa, the largest of lakes in a 13-lake chain. The park is just a short drive west of Orlando, and is one of the most underrated spots to relax in nature in Central Florida.

Where: 7305 U.S. Highway 27,Clermont, FL

Hours: 8 a.m. To sundown

Admission fees: $5 per vehicle, $4 for a single occupant vehicle

More Info: CLICK HERE 

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Wekiwa Springs State Park

Located at the headwaters of the Wekiwa River, Wekiwa Springs State Park is home to 13 miles of beautiful trails, canoe and kayak accessible waterways, and, of course, the cool springs.

Where:1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL

Hours: 8 a.m. To sundown

Admission fees: $6 per vehicle, $4 for a single occupant vehicle

More Info: CLICK HERE