I’ve got to admit you guys: I miss home. You see, my family is from Okinawa, Japan. It’s kind of like the Hawaii of Japan. The water is PRISTINE! It’s some of the most beautiful ocean that you’ll ever see and is hailed as one of the top diving spots in the world. I miss it everyday. But one of the things I definitely miss is snorkeling. There are tropical fish that you can only find there and every single time is a different adventure.
Since moving to Florida, one of the things we love doing as a family is visiting natural springs. Initially when my husband told me about them, I was kind of skeptical. I mean come on, how cool can a hole in the ground with natural water coming out of it actually be? But these springs are beautiful, y’all. They’re really clear and maintain a constant temperature year round because they pump so much water into the area at a time. So the visibility is amazing if you love to dive or snorkel (without salt water in your eyes, holla!)
A couple of weeks ago, our family went to Alexander Springs, FL. This is my favorite state park that we’ve visited thus far! It was really well-maintained and everything was beautiful. I do enjoy the outdoors, but I am not a fan of grimy, outdoor concrete structures. Outdoor bathrooms give me the heebie-jeebies in a real way. But the bathroom was well-maintained and had heated showers! The bonus was that the concession building had actual food, was very clean, and accepted credit card. Plus, everything that you’re bound to forget at home. We bought a mini waterproof bag because we needed it for our electric car keys. Additionally, the actual springs was a huge area with a lifeguard on duty. It’s the perfect place for families, especially with young children. If the weather had been nicer, we would have stayed much longer.
More information about the park can be found here: Alexander Springs Website. We highly recommend going earlier during a weekday. It was filling up as we were there earlier.