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Cool escapes: Florida's crystal clear springs

Cool escapes: Florida's crystal clear springs

Floridians weather the heat and humidity of our brutal summers by fleeing to the state’s wealth of cool, clear, refreshing springs, which spill thousands of gallons of water out of the ground every minute. Geologists estimate there are more than 700 freshwater springs in Florida — the largest concentration on Earth — but only a relative few are accessible for public recreation. Parking lots fill up fast on summer weekends, so arrive early, before the gates close. Your best bet is to visit on weekdays after school starts — avoiding the inevitable weekend crush. Ichetucknee Springs State Park, High Springs — Ichetucknee may be the best spring in the state...

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