Though Florida may be better known for its many beaches, these photos of our gorgeous lakes are sure to win over a few visitors looking for an escape from the daily grind. These lakes are downright mystifying—and you need to experience them for yourself.
1. Lake Eustis
This 7,000-acre lake in Central Florida is in the Harris Chain of Lakes. Popular activities on Lake Eustis include fishing and sailing.
2. Lake Harris
Lake Harris is the largest lake in Lake County, at nearly 14,000 acres. It's a peaceful place to getaway from it all and bask in Florida nature.
3. Lake Tarpon
This freshwater lake is located about 10 miles west of Tampa. Although this lovely lake is designated for recreational use, we can't recommend it, as the EPA feels it's currently over polluted.
4. Lake Eola
This scenic lake in downtown Orlando could easily be called Swan Lake instead. It's downright enchanting and you need to visit if you've never been here.
5. Lake Monroe
Sanford, DeBary, and Deltona all sit along Lake Monroe, and this incredible photo was taken on its southwestern shore in Sanford.
6. Lake Tohopekaliga
Lake Tohopekaliga is the largest lake in Osceola County. It's very popular for bass fishing and birdwatching. Lakefront Park offers a miniature lighthouse, a playground, and walking paths to view the waterbirds, turtles, and alligators.
7. Lake Dora
There are several tours offered on this beautiful and serene lake in Mount Dora, but you can also just sit by the water and enjoy a spectacular sunset.
8. Pine Glades Lake
You can find this lake off the Long Pine Key Trail in Everglades National Park, but it's also accessible by an unpaved road. It's a great photo opportunity, but as you can see, it's full of gators, so be careful.
9. Lake Parker
Lake Parker is the largest and one of the most popular lakes in Lakeland, especially for boating and fishing. If fishing isn't your thing, there are parks and a partial path around the lake for a stroll.
10. Lake Apopka
Lake Apopka was once one of the most popular attractions in Central Florida. Unfortunately, farm water runoff and later an improper chemical disposal did great damage to the lake that the community has been trying to restore ever since.
11. Blue Lake
This lake in Chipley offers gorgeous fall colors that can be hard to find in Florida. It's a gorgeous oasis just waiting to be explored.
12. Lake George
Also called Lake Welaka, this lake in Volusia and Putnam county is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and local springs bring in enough salt to allow for extraordinary species like Atlantic stingray and blue crabs. In fact, it has one of the only freshwater blue crab fisheries in the world.