Check it out: Florida's Natural Springs

<em class="b">WHAT:</em> Natural Florida offers inland folks another way to cool off when they can't get to the beach. Florida natural springs are 72-74 degrees year round with crystal clear water that's great for swimming, snorkeling and a weekend day of fun.<br>
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<em class="b">WHERE:</em> The best spring destinations from Orlando are Wekiwa Springs State Park near Longwood, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLREC000045" title="Blue Spring State Park" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/blue-spring-state-park-PLREC000045.topic">Blue Spring State Park</a> and DeLeon Springs State Park in Volusia County, Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park in Apopka, Alexander, Juniper and Salt Springs in the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLREC000081" title="Ocala National Forest" href="/topic/environmental-issues/natural-resources/ocala-national-forest-PLREC000081.topic">Ocala National Forest</a>. There are other great ones if you head West. Check out all your springs options in our <a href="http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/springs">Florida Springs Guide.</a>

( STEVE BARNES, SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL / May 24, 2004 )

WHAT: Natural Florida offers inland folks another way to cool off when they can't get to the beach. Florida natural springs are 72-74 degrees year round with crystal clear water that's great for swimming, snorkeling and a weekend day of fun.

WHERE: The best spring destinations from Orlando are Wekiwa Springs State Park near Longwood, Blue Spring State Park and DeLeon Springs State Park in Volusia County, Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park in Apopka, Alexander, Juniper and Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest. There are other great ones if you head West. Check out all your springs options in our Florida Springs Guide.

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