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Fifty minutes north of downtown Orlando, find this 2,600-acre park, which includes the largest spring on the 310-mile St. Johns River. You can swim, snorkel or scuba dive in the clear, 72-degree spring most of the year, but from mid-November through March 15, the water is reserved for the large manatee population that winters there (a truly cool thing to see in person). Especially on weekends, plan to arrive early; the parking lot closes once it’s full.

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Blue Springs State Park

Fifty minutes north of downtown Orlando, find this 2,600-acre park, which includes the largest spring on the 310-mile St. Johns River. You can swim, snorkel or scuba dive in the clear, 72-degree spring most of the year, but from mid-November through March 15, the water is reserved for the large manatee population that winters there (a truly cool thing to see in person). Especially on weekends, plan to arrive early; the parking lot closes once it’s full.