As with the other swimming holes, I do feel the need to mention that there is usually no lifeguard on duty, and swimming holes usually have more dangers than the usual places to swim, including alligators. Have fun and stay safe!
1. Rock Springs, Kelly Park
You can find Kelly Park in Apopka, about 30 minutes from Orlando. Kelly Park is a very popular place to go tubing and swimming, so be sure to arrive early in summer months.
2. Peacock Springs
Peacock Springs in Live Oak, FL, is a masterpiece of Mother Nature, featuring two major springs, a spring run and six sinkholes. Cave divers come from all over the world to explore one of the longest underwater cave systems in the continental US. Most of the area is for cave diving, but there is a small swimming hole, and it's lovely!
3. Ginnie Springs
Wow. Ginnie Springs in High Springs, FL, is one of the clearest and most beautiful springs in the state. It's perfect for swimming and tubing, and a great place to snorkel and dive, if you're so inclined.
4. Silver Springs
Silver Springs near Ocala is one of the oldest attractions in Florida. Unfortunately, it fell on some hard times and the amusement park side of it scaled back considerably, but it's still a lovely place to visit. I can't find anything that says they allow swimming, but several readers thought it deserved to be included. Please clarify in the comments if you have more information.
5. Lithia Springs
This adorable forested swimming hole stays warm year-round, making a popular destination for swimmers.
6. Rum Island
Rum Island is a picturesque little park in Fort White, FL. Its glassy waters are perfect for exploring. Whether you're canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or snorkeling, it's all good here.
7. Morrison Springs
This picture looks like it's out of a fairy tale, but it's actually Morrison Springs. The water here can be cold, so summer is the perfect time to check it out. If Morrison's not your bag, hop over to nearby Pitt Spring.
8. Hart Springs
These gorgeous springs in Gilchrist County are some of the largest of their kind in the state of Florida.
9. Weeki Wachee Springs
We all know Weeki Wachee for the mermaids, but not everyone knows it has absolutely jaw-dropping crystalline waters for swimming, canoeing, and so much more.
10. Vortex Spring
VortexSpring in Ponce de Leon, FL, is privately owned and adored by scuba divers and regular swimmers alike.
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