If you’re hoping to see Sharks in shark valley your going to be disappointed. however, if you looking for a walk/bike thru the Everglades and see some wildlife your going to be surprised. Shark Valley is located in the Everglades National Park, Its 40 minutes drive from Miami and 1hr 20 minutes from Fort Lauderdale.
Rainbow River is really amazing and probably one of my favorite springs in Florida. It is located 2 hrs from Orlando in Dunnellon. My best suggestion is to park at KY hole and paddle upstream to Rainbow River State Park. The State Park has parking for kayaks and paddle boards near the canoe lunch site that’s on your left. Bring a few dollars with you for the park entrance fee, They also have a gift shop. If you did not bring your own kayak KP Hole has kayak and SUP rentals.
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park located only a few minutes from Crystal River. The park hosts mostly native wildlife spices. Most of the animals have been rescued and are not able to return to the wild. The park focuses on animal welfare and this is noticeable by seeing the passion employees have for their work. The park has two entrances, I suggest taking the one located 4150 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446.
I kind of wanted to introduce myself before I start talking about Crystal River. I am brand new to blogging,My wife has a lot more experience with proper grammar If you notice any typos I apologize my wife “ Editor” is traveling at the moment. I like taking pictures I like exploring and sharing what I find. I’m interested in technology, real estate and traveling I’m also business major. I am not going to make my blogs data-heavy just quick and to-the-point.
Crystal River is located 2 hours from Orlando and 1 hour and a half from Tampa. During the winter season Crystal River is home to the manatees. Crystal River also has Three Sisters Springs Refuge which is a great spot to see the manatees
Phil Foster is located in Riviera Beach, It’s a one hour drive from Fort Lauderdale. The Park is open 7 days a week and offers free limited parking. This is a really cool dive location but a few notes should be taken. The best snorkeling time is 1 to 2 hours before High tide. A dive flag is required for this snorkeling adventure or else you may get a ticket. The parking is limited at this location so plan to arrive early.
If your in Fort Lauderdale or just happen to be in the area check out the Dania Jaxs. Its artificial reef located 300 feet from shore. The Jaxs stretches 1,500 feet until the first reef edge. The reef is located inside Dr, Von D Mitzell Johnson State Park. Once you enter the park drive until the first parking lot on your right. Get your gear and walk towards the beach, a bathroom and outside shower are located on your left after you cross the bridge. The bridge goes over Whiskey Creek. Whiskey Creek is great for paddle boards and kayaks. I do suggest wearing long sleeves to avoid the mosquitoes and noseeums if you decide to paddle here in the afternoon.
Alexander Springs is located one hour from Daytona and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Orlando. The spring is located in Ocala National Forest which is 673 mi2 in area. The water temperature year-round is 72 degrees. The park offers canoe and kayak rentals and camping is available. The park fee is $5.50 per person and $6.50 for scuba diving.
The website USDA “United States Department of Agriculture” has additional information click here . This is a nice relaxing park but since we started talking about USDA that also makes me think about food. The best idea on the way to the park is to stop at a Triple Z family market to get some supplies to enjoy the rest of your day.
One final Note we hope to visit the spring this year to provided some new updated photos stay tuned.
“Always contact parks before visiting to have the most updated hours and possible closures”
Alexander Springs Recreation Area Map
Suggestions for Alexander Springs
Bring towel and snorkel gear
Arrive early if coming during summer
Check out the other springs in the area Juniper Springs and Silver Glen Springs
PARK INFORMATION FOR Alexander Springs Recreation Area