Some cool pools in Florida!

With more than 700 crystal clear springs, endless summer days, and a variety of lush landscapes, Florida has the perfect combination for a road trip around its pristine swimming holes. Lucky for us, Florida is spoiled for choice with breathtaking and refreshing swimming holes situated within driving distance from each other, making it easy to make multiple pit stops. Starting from the Panhandle and ending in Central Florida, explore some of the most immaculate spots to take a dip in the Sunshine State.
Silver Glen Springs
Silver Glen Springs

Silver Glen Springs, Ocala National Forest (Nearby Hotels)

An oasis for the senses, the clear waters of Silver Glen Springs is surrounded by lush forests of oak, cedar, and pine. An ideal place for a Florida summertime swim, enjoy the emerald waters of this hidden gem in the Ocala National Forest.

Ichetucknee Springs (Nearby Hotels)

If paddling wading through crystal clear spring-fed waters under miles of leafy shaded hammocks sounds like a good idea, then Blue Hole in Ichetucknee Springs State Park is an absolute must, as it is the largest of 9 impressive springs in the area.
Wakulla Springs
Credit: Paul Clark
Wakulla Springs

Wakulla Springs (Nearby Hotels)

Boasting one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the entire world, Wakulla Springs is a gem in the Sunshine State. Swimming is king at Wakulla, but you can also explore the nature trails or take a glass bottom boat tour.
Madison Blue State Park, Lee
Madison Blue State Park, Lee

Madison Blue Springs (Nearby Hotels)

Avoid the crowds at Madison Blue Springs, where you can swim to your hearts content in what feels like your own swimming hole. Shaded by hardwood and pine trees, this crystal clear spring sits in an 85-foot wide limestone basin.
Ginnie Springs, High Springs
Ginnie Springs, High Springs

Ginnie Springs (Nearby Hotels)

Consistently ranked as the clearest spring in Florida, Ginnie Springs is popular for swimming, tubing, snorkeling, and diving. A perfect spot to have your worries drift away, soak in the lush Florida landscape where you are sure to find pure bliss.
Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs
Fanning Springs State Park, Fanning Springs

Fanning Springs (Nearby Hotels)

An ideal swimming hole for the entire family, Fanning Springs is a 72-degree, 207-foot deep swimming hole near Gainesville with crystal clear blue waters and a unique shallow sandy area for the little ones.
Juniper Springs
Juniper Springs

Juniper Springs (Nearby Hotels)

Located in the Ocala National Forest, Juniper Springs is a beautiful subtropical swimming area with refreshing blue waters bubbling near massive springs that flow out of natural crevices, all shaded under gorgeous towering palms and oaks.
Rainbow Springs State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs (Nearby Hotels)

One of the oldest swimming holes you’ll find in Florida, Rainbow Springs has been around for over 10,000 years. Take a refreshing dip in the headwaters of this pristine spring and explore the park’s impressive gardens and waterfall.
Blue Spring State Park, Orange Park
Blue Spring State Park, Orange Park

Blue Spring (Nearby Hotels)

A manatee refuge covering 2,600 acres, Blue Spring is the largest spring found on the St. John’s River. Swimming isn’t allowed during manatee season from November to March, but the 73-degree pale blue water is perfect for a summer swim.
Wekiwa Springs
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Wekiwa Springs

Wekiwa Springs (Nearby Hotels)

Grab your floaties and enjoy this local gem of Central Florida, with some of the most picturesque natural surroundings in Florida. The 7,000-acre park has a plethora of activities, but floating in the cool waters is by far one of the most popular.
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The Venetian Pool, Coral Gables
The Venetian Pool, Coral Gables

The Venetian Pool (Nearby Hotels)

The Venetian Pool holds about 820,000 gallons of crystal clear freshwater, pumped in from Artesian wells.  It is America’s largest freshwater swimming pool and is now the only pool on the National Register of Historic Places.
Royal Springs
Royal Springs

Royal Springs (Nearby Hotels)

Located down in Suwanee, this 5 acre County park is a gorgeous spot for swimmers and divers. There are plenty of decks perfect for cannon balls, and even a boat ramp.

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Where to go for Happy Hour in Miami


Miami Beach’s swanky Nikkei gem hosts happy hour every day from 3-7 p.m., serving up $4 Sapporo, $6 Bacardi Cuatro, $6 Pisco Sours, and bites ranging from $4-$8.
1664 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach;


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From 4-6 p.m. on weekdays, this romantic al fresco hot spot serves signature snacks and pizzas for $9. You can pair your bites with $5 beer, $7 wine or $9 specialty cocktails.
22 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;


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Sushi Garage on Miami Beach
Located in Sunset Harbour, Sushi Garage serves up happy hour form 5:30-7:30 p.m. every weeknight, featuring 50% off all liquor and select cocktails.
1784 West Ave., Miami Beach;


Stephen Starr’s chic brasserie in Bal Harbour Shops offers $1 oysters and $7-8 select wines and Aperol Spritzes daily during happy hour from 4-7 p.m.
9700 Collins Ave. #135, Miami Beach;


Can’t make it out after work on the weekday? The lobby cocktail bar and lounge at 1 Hotel South Beach doles out discounts on specialty and draft cocktails, beers, wines and mocktails every day from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;


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Chef Justin Smillie’s SoFi hotspot hosts both weekday and weekend happy hours. Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. you can sip on $9 craft cocktails, $8 select wines and $5 draft beer while snacking on dishes priced between $10-$15. You’ll find the same deals on weekends from 3-7 p.m.
49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;


Located in Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood, intimate watering hole The ScapeGoat features select beers for $4, select wines for $6, and select cocktails for $8 during their daily happy hour, which runs from 5-8 p.m.
100 Collins Ave. CU4, Miami Beach;


Drunken Dragon hosts Dragon Hour every day from 5-7 p.m. with drinks starting at $4.
Drunken Dragon hosts Dragon Hour every day from 5-7 p.m., and Reverse Dragon Hour Sunday through Thursday from 10-11 p.m. Both offer discounted bites and drinks starting at $4.
1424 Alton Rd., Miami Beach;


A few steps from Drunken Dragon, the late night speakeasy Foxhole offers partygoers half off the entire bar every day from 5-9 p.m. and again from 3-5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
1218 14th Ct., Miami Beach;


Pan-Asian hotspot Tanuki serves up $4 beers $5 sake, and $6 wines and signature cocktails every day of the week from 4-7 p.m. at the bar. Make sure you also try some pork belly fuku buns, crunchy salmon rolls and the daily dim sum special, offered during happy hour for just $7.
1080 Alton Rd., Miami Beach;


Market at EDITION
Market at EDITION (Handout)
Located inside the EDITION, Market offers $2 oysters and $10 Whispering Angel Rose from 4-7 p.m. every day.
2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;