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Best Springs to Visit in Central Florida with Grandchildren

With spring break around the corner, it’s very common for families to reunite. While beaches and Disney World are the number one attraction for families vacationing in Florida, consider taking your children and grandchildren (and great grandchildren!) to these beautiful springs located in Central Florida. Spring is a great time to experience Florida’s scenic nature as nature begins to bloom.

1. De Leon Springs

(De Leon Springs, FL)
Whether you’re looking to make a day trip or camp all weekend long, DeLeon springs offers a variety of activities that are bound to keep your family busy. For an active adventure with the little ones, rent canoes, paddle boats or kayaks to explore 22,000 acres of natural beauty. If you’d rather explore the nature trails, hike through the Wild Persimmon Hiking Trail where you can encounter wildlife including deer, turkeys, and wild hogs. For a leisurely reunion, consider grilling and picnicking under a pavilion or shady oak trees.

2. Rainbow Springs

(Dunnellon, FL)
If your idea of enjoying nature includes hummingbird and butterfly sites, visit Rainbow Springs. Located 1.5 hours outside of Orlando, this spring not only includes cultural gardens, but features three waterfalls surrounded by natural beauty. With the fresh spring season, azalea blooms are in their prime. You can enjoy these by the spring or during an adventure such as canoeing, kayaking or hiking. This park even offers an interactive experience with nature with geo-seeking. This treasure hunt encourages exploration of the spring while providing educational experience for children.

3. Wekiwa Springs

(Apoka, FL)
For a venture close to Orlando, visit Wekiwa Springs. Like the other springs mentioned, Wekiwa provides plenty of camping space and has beautiful scenery. Several routes for canoeing and kayaking lead you through the natural forest and provide ample opportunity for fishing. Aside from picnicking and grilling, Wekiwa Springs is great for hiking, biking, and even equestrian riding.