Having a Summer of Springs? Don't Miss Ponce de Leon State Park

By: Kevin Mims


Some folks love a swimming pool, others are all about the beach. Me? Nothing beats a Florida spring for the ultimate in summer fun.

If you've set aside some time this summer to explore a few of Florida's springs, make sure the list includes Ponce de Leon Springs State Park in Northwest Florida.

Two main vents pump out more than14 million gallons of 68-degree (yep, 68 degrees) water a day, giving new meaning to to the term "chill out." Good stuff.

If you need a break from all the watery fun, take a ramble down Sandy Creek or Spring Run, the park's two nature trails that lead through a hardwood forest and along the spring run.

Here's what was happening on the day I visited the park:

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For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/poncedeleonsprings.

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