The Family Adventure Guide - December Issue 2023 - Magazine - Page 15
WEEKI WACHEE SPRINGS
A first-magnitude spring and mermaids swimming in it
have attracted visitors from all over the world. Today,
visitors can still witness the magic of the mermaids,
take a river boat cruise, and canoe or kayak on the
Weeki Wachee River.
The 538-acre park features a first-magnitude spring
and a 400-seat submerged theater to view the live
A window into a diverse aquatic habitat can be seen through
exceptionally clear water. The flow of the spring is the fourth
highest among all the springs in Florida.
The cool, clear waters of the headsprings are incredibly
refreshing to swim in.
The average depth in the natural swimming area runs from 5
to 18 feet, and the water temperature averages 72 degrees
year-round. Underwater, swimmers and snorkelers can see
turtles, fish and forests of aquatic grass that provide food
and habitat for many of the creatures that live here.
Juniper Spring and Fern Hammock Spring located within the
recreation area have a combined daily flow of 13 million
gallons per day and maintain a constant 72 degrees year
round. Juniper Springs, the focal point within the Juniper
Springs Recreation Area Complex is a 100 foot wide
freshwater spring surrounded by a stone wall.
Juniper Springs Run, a primary recreational attraction
originates at the spring and is a popular start for canoeists
The spring releases 65 million gallons of fresh water per day
and a lush subtropical forest ecosystem surrounds the spring
that is described as the most beautiful spring on the Ocala
It is here where Jody, from the book “The Yearling” fell asleep
watching the hypnotic action of the “flutter mill” that he had
built in the water. There are no overnight camping facilities.
Snorkeling is permitted but no scuba diving is allowed.
GILCHRIST BLUE SPRINGS STATE PARK
THE FAMILY ADVENTURE GUIDE- FLORIDA EDITION
15 | June 2022 issue