"Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River and discharges a historical average of 165 million gallons per day. The spring pool is circular, with a notable boil in the center and steep sandy banks that rise approximately 15 to 20 feet above water level. The spring run flows about 1,050 feet to the St. Johns River through a dense hardwood and palm forest, with picturesque live oak trees leaning over the run."
And... As you can see from the photo the springs are home to manatees!!! While it's prohibited to swim with the manatees for their own protection there are lots of other areas dedicated to water activities. There's swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, diving... You name it! Or you could always just take in the beautiful view.
Now that I'm a Florida girl again I can't wait to convince my husband to go on an adventure!
Did I mention the manatees? There are manatees!!!
(Gorgeous photo: West Indian Manatees congregate along the shoreline of Volusia Blue Spring run. Kimberly Eisley/FDEP. Info via FloridaSprings.org)