The Springs


One of the great things about living in the Gainesville area is your access to North Central Florida’s natural attractions.  The unique geography of the area and its temperate climate provide for some of the greatest outdoor recreation you’ll find anywhere.

The extensive natural springs system is one of the area’s most treasured features.  These freshwater springs pump crystal clear water up from the ground year-round.  A number of springs feed into rivers, offering a variation of water recreation.  The natural springs are cherished among locals and tourists alike with constant temperatures of 72 degrees year-round.

North Central Florida is bursting with springs and many are open to the public.  If you are thinking about moving to the Gainesville area, be sure to check out these top-rated springs; they are among the finest natural springs the area has to offer and you’ll be just a short drive away from them all!


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Ginnie Springs


Ginnie Springs happens to be one of the most popular springs in the area, particularly among the college crowd.  The privately-owned site features a number of astonishing springs which all empty into the Santa Fe River.

Choose rather to swim or meander down the river on tubes.  The more adventurous, specifically “the properly trained” can also explore the extensive underwater cave system. 

Ginnie Springs makes the perfect day trip at roughly a 30-minute drive from Gainesville and is a popular camping spot year-round.





Ichetucknee Springs


If you’d rather float than swim, Ichetucknee Springs is the site for you.  Tubers can choose from either a 3 ½ hours float or roughly an hour float down the Ichetucknee River. 

Offering crystal clear waters, scenic foliage and an abundance of wildlife, Ichetucknee can easily be viewed as one of the most relaxing and enjoyable floats in the area.

Ichetucknee State Park is approximately a 50-minute drive from Gainesville.






Blue Springs


You’re in for a pleasant surprise when you visit Blue Springs; experience a beach in North Central Florida! With four natural springs on-site, Blue Springs is a popular recreation spot year-round.  These natural springs feature a tract of white sand beach as well as boardwalks and nature trails along the Santa Fe River.

Blue Springs is about a 40-minute drive from Gainesville, offering day access as well as camping.






Otter Springs


Looking for tenting and RV options? Well, look no further.  Nestled along the Suwanee River, lies Otter Springs. The springs site and sprawling park offers ample options for tent and RV camping as well as cabins.

Choose to swim in the springs, float or paddle along the scenic Suwanee River.

Otter Springs is approximately an hour drive from Gainesville.






Alexander Springs


Alexander is a favorite among families and is one of the few first-magnitude natural springs in the area. The sizeable, sloping spring pool provides ample wading and splash pad-type activities for younger children.

Alexander Springs is about an hour and a half drive from Gainesville, located in Ocala National Forest.