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Friday, July 03, 2015

Florida's original water parks: the springs

Published July 2, 2015
Back in the 1800s, the state's first towns popped up around the most popular watering spots, including Ocala near Silver Springs, Jacksonville near Green Cove Springs, and Daytona Beach, northeast of De Leon Springs. Today, while some springs are privately owned, there are dozens still held in the public trust, and most still serve as old-fashioned swimming holes on a hot summer's day.
Juniper Springs, which feeds a run that has been called the best paddle in Florida, is perhaps the best of the bunch.

Rainbow Springs State Park:
The headwaters are a semicircular spring with four main boils. Just 14 feet at its deepest, the river features public swimming accessed for a modest fee.
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