Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Personally I’m not a big fan of snakes, however, it seems that my wife on her recent visit to Ichetucknee Springs State Park filmed one swimming in the spring. She absolutely loved it, being able to observe wildlife in its natural environment is an amazing experience. I believe the snake in the video is a Florida water snake. If anyone’s got more information about it please share.

This spring is located 50 minutes from Gainesville. Ichetucknee Springs State Park offers tubing, kayaking, and paddleboard rentals. If you plan on spending a week here I recommend buying your own tube and bring own snorkel gear. I have had great experiences with the brand Intex. “In-park canoe, kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals are available from 8 am to 2:30 pm daily. tube and raft rentals are available from 8 am to 4:30 pm daily,” per the park’s website.

” keep our state parks clean use reusable water bottles and don’t litter”

 

 

Hotel Recommendations

Normally when we are visiting I Recommend staying in Chiefland. This little town is located one hour from the spring is also located driving distance from multiple Springs. The interactive map below shows a few large springs in the area.

Park information Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Address: 12087 Southwest, US-27, Fort White, FL 32038

ichetuckneesprings.com
(386) 497-4690

 

Park Hours 8 a.m to sundown.

Alexander Springs

  Alexander Springs is located one hour from Daytona and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Orlando. The spring is located in Ocala National Forest which is 673 mi2 in area. The water temperature year-round is 72 degrees. The park offers canoe and kayak rentals and camping is available. The park fee is $5.50 per person and $6.50 for scuba diving. 

The website USDA “United States Department of Agriculture” has additional information click here . This is a nice relaxing park but since we started talking about USDA that also makes me think about food. The best idea on the way to the park is to stop at a Triple Z family market to get some supplies to enjoy the rest of your day.

One final Note we hope to visit the spring this year to provided some new updated photos stay tuned.

“Always contact parks before visiting to have the most updated hours and possible closures”

Alexander Springs Recreation Area map

Alexander Springs Recreation Area Map

 

Suggestions for Alexander Springs

  • Bring towel and snorkel gear
  • Bring Food
  • Bring Camera
  • Arrive early if coming during summer
  • Check out the other springs in the area Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs

PARK INFORMATION FOR Alexander Springs Recreation Area

Address: 49525 County Rd 445, Altoona, FL 32702

Hours: Opens 8AM-8PM 7/Days a week

Phone: (352) 669-3522
Visit online floridasprings.org for more information

Harry P Leu Gardens

 Harry P Leu Gardens is located 30 minutes north of the Orlando airport near the Orlando Science Center. The property is 50-acre botanic garden & estate on Lake Rowena. The park has beautiful gardens and is clean with paths leading to Lake Rowena. Harry P Leu Gardens also offers workshops for kids and adults a perfect area to spend a few hours. I did not spend my whole day here we jumped in the car and 30 minutes later we are at Wekiwa Springs State Park. Did you know Florida has the largest amount of fresh water springs in the world? When I first moved here I honestly had no Idea but now Its the perfect way to spend the day.  Wekiwa Springs State Park has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors, It has a swimming area, Kayaking, wildlife, lots of hiking paths honestly we did not know how big the park was until we started exploring.

“Always contact Parks before visiting to have the most updated hours and possible closures”

Driving Directions from Harry P Leu Gardens to Wekiwa Springs State Park

Harry P Leu Gardens to Wekiwa Springs

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