Summertime is right around the corner, and you know what that means; Sweltering heat, swarming bugs, and humidity that feels like it’s trying to kill you slowly by suffocating your every pore.

People living in Florida (or what would become Florida) have been living through summers like these for centuries and have devised a few ways to stay cool. The very best way is to slip into the crystalline, 72-degree water of a Florida spring. Each of our many springs offers a great way to beat the heat, but we want to spotlight a very special one that deserves a spot on every Floridian’s bucket list.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park (near Fort White) is awesome all year round, but it really shines in the summertime. First of all, the North entrance reopens in the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day), after it takes a long break to recover from the last busy season. A concession stand opens at the South entrance on April 23d, to accommodate the influx of guests during this season.

Tubing down the river is the most popular activity at the park during the summer months, but a new rental facility has just opened this year at the North Entrance to provide canoes, kayaks, and paddle board rentals. Other fun things to do here include swimming, snorkeling, hiking, picnicking and scuba diving.

The park is open from 8:00am to sundown, 365 days a year. Guests pay $6.00 per car (2-8 people), or $4.00 for motorcycles and single-occupant vehicles.

Here are some photos that will show you why have to get to Ichetucknee Springs this summer:

Have you ever been to Ichetucknee Springs State Park? What’s your favorite Florida spring? Got any other awesome summertime activities to share? Please let us know!

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