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Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White

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  • While Florida's famous beaches is what most people think of when visiting the Sunshine State it is Florida's springs that brought this state's first European visitor when Spanish explorer Juan Ponce d...  more »
  • Beautiful Springs. Perfect for kayaking and summer tubing. Many manatees. Best during the week in bust season.  more »
  • This is a beautiful river to tube or snorkel down. It is so relaxing and moves very slowly so you have lots of time to admire the lush vegetation and see some wildlife. Definitely an adventure worth t...  more »
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  • Visited 10/10/16. Rented kayaks. Did the short run. Beautiful! Great experience. Loved the scenery. Can't say enough (good things )about staff we dealt with at Paddling Adventures. Brianna was so friendly and accommodating. Wife and I running late. Told us not to worry. She would wait. Shuttle guys courteous and helpful and patient. Thanks for making our short visit a great experience. Ron and Paula
  • Pros: Amazing experience. For 3 of us, it cost $36 (3 tubes, 3 tram bracelets, 1 entrance fee). That beats most water parks. The people were friendly. It is extremely relaxing. Cons: I got a really painful rash from the algae in the water. The souvenirs could have been better. We collect magnets and there was only 1 and the design had nothing to do with the park. Ichetucknee Springs is a memorable experience. If you are in the area, you must visit.
  • One of the best springs and state parks in the state. If you think that beautiful blue clear water is only available on the islands or far south Florida or Gulf? Think again! This state park has two main entrances. North and South. North entrance has the cave diving, licensed only and seasonal. Also a natural made pool that looks like something from the GB Reef to snorkel. Manatees during the off season are seen every time we go. Tho otters have yet to be seen, they must hide out. From the N. Entrance you can also get kayak rentals that will pick you up from the S. Entrances drop off point - the end of the run area and drive you back to your vehicle. South entrance, bring a rented or already owned inter-tube or inflatable small boat; something to waterproof hold phone/car keys, snorkel and mask. This is the 'run' portion of the spring and can be quite busy during summer months. Water stays a constant 73 degrees year round [kayak from North Entrance seasonal too best in winter!] it moves approx 1mph so you can snorkel the entire run, increasing the chance of seeing otters and manatee anytime of the year. Fresh water 'sea like' grasses can make the water appear dark in spots but that's manatee food. Turtles everywhere all year round. This is one place for family of all ages and all swimming levels.
  • My husband and I tubed down the river two weekends ago and it was such a great summer get away! The park is very clean, well-maintained, and super accessible. We stayed in Ichetucknee Springs Campground and had a very short drive to the North Entrance in the morning. We were lucky that someone at the campground told us to head to the North entrance early (before 8 a.m.) because we had no idea about the daily cap from that entrance. It was so worth it. Honestly, tubing from the midpoint on was significantly less enjoyable due to the crowd; the first part of our trip down the river was peaceful and the water and surrounding area are much prettier than the area after the midpoint. We got back to our car easily and quickly via the shuttle and then enjoyed swimming in the Blue Hole and the Head Spring; although I wish we had done this earlier to beat some of the crowd. Asked a park ranger for suggestions on where to eat and ended up having a delicious dinner at Celebrity's Soul Kitchen down the road - fantastic southern comfort food and even better service! Overall, a great weekend away!
  • Fun but crowded!! A great place to hike, picnic, and float your cares away. Great for the family, a group, or even just a quick couple outing.