Swimming in Rainbow Springs

Swimming at Rainbow Springs

Swimming in Rainbow Springs

The headsprings is an aquatic preserve and offers a designated swimming area. Visitors may feel that the waters truly do have healing properties after a dip in the cool 72-degree waters. Since the water stays at this temperature year-round, it is perfect for swimming in the hot summer months. The depth of the spring pool varies from 10 to 18 feet, and the remarkable clarity of the water means that snorkelers have ample opportunity to spot fish, turtles and other aquatic wildlife.

This first-magnitude spring is actually a series of small vents, but they collectively pump out more than 400 million gallons of water a day. As one of Florida’s largest springs, the park attracts visitors from all over the world who want to witness this natural wonder.

The crystal-clear waters of the springs look much like they have for hundreds of years. One look, and you’ll see why the springs and the surrounding area have long been a gathering place for people and wildlife.