Swimming at Florida State Parks


People love swimming in Florida State Parks!

Whether it’s diving in a spring, floating down a river, or taking a dip in the ocean, there are many opportunities for you to enjoy the water and take a swim throughout Florida State Parks.

Florida’s springs, coastal waters, lakes and rivers aren’t only beautiful. They offer a huge variety of opportunities to experience the waters that range in color from aquamarine to dazzling deep blue.

When the sun is shining down, springs hit the spot. Florida’s springs are fed by deep underwater caves.  When the water finally rises to the surface, it’s always a crisp 68 to 72 degrees. Leaping into a spring is like entering a whole new world. Glide on top or grab a mask and snorkel to view fishes and turtles. At Madison Blue Spring State Park, visitors can swim out of the crystal-clear spring and into the Withlacoochee River.

Florida’s rivers are as numerous as they are beautiful. Pristine and primeval, swimming in a river is a chance to go with the flow. It’s a respite from the world. At Blackwater River State Park, water passes over the river’s sandy bottom on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is known worldwide for its beaches. Some of the best beaches in the world are found within the 100 miles of beaches in Florida State Parks. At Perdido Key State Park, you can wade into the surf of the Gulf of Mexico, find a sandbar and float away the day.

Florida’s lakes are placid and peaceful bodies of water. The calm, fresh lakes at Lake Louisa, Alfred B. Maclay Gardens, Lake Manatee and other state parks let you relax and enjoy the environment around you.

Whatever kind of water you choose, come for a nice and invigorating swim at a Florida state park near you.