Alexander Springs was my first adult camping trip.
It was the first blog on Weekend Wanderlust, and is still one of my favorite places to take a weekend vacation.
It’s time I tell you more about this gem of a spring located deep in the middle of the Ocala National Forest.
So we stuffed our bags and cars and set out for the sunshine state!
… at 3am, with zero sleep.
(oh, & my little sister somehow snuck in the car as well)
I'm super excited she tagged a long.
Little did she (or my mom) know.. that we would actually be staying an extra week ;)
more on that later...
If you’re going to visit Alexander Springs, I strongly suggest camping in the park to get the full experience.
However, you can pay for day access if you’re too boujee for that.
Make sure to arrive early – campsites fill up fast!
The double kayaks go fast as well! You can rent double, or single kayaks, as well as canoes. I strongly suggest partaking in either canoeing or kayaking down the river. Glide over the clear waters as you see fish swimming beneath you.
Also the best way to catch a tan (or sunburn) in the Florida sun.
Alexander Springs really spoils you with the most picturesque campsites, equipped with a fire ring, a picnic table, and a grill – surrounded by beautiful palm trees. Plus, the bathhouses aren’t too bad either.
Yep – if you must shower, that is definitely an option.
Although there is only one temperature & an on button -it works.
You really can’t beat the deal for $23 a night.
Swimming in crystal blue waters, kayaking/canoeing, palm trees, camping …
okay, now I'm not sure if I’m describing Alexander Springs or just listing my favorite things at this point.
OH & did I mention – WE MET A MERMAID!
Several of Florida’s “mermaids” can be spotted at Alexander Springs (getting content for their Instagram and YouTube obviously). We saw at least 3 during our stay, but only spoke with one of them – Vero Beach Mermaid.
We also saw a couple of Alligators – which can be expected nearly anywhere in Florida, naturally.
All around Alexander Springs is great for a weekend getaway.
I will say, though, (for my fellow loud talkers, music lovers and partiers) that it is located in a national forest and is very family oriented. Just keep that in mind and be respectful.
There is no way to have a bad time surrounded by palm trees, near a gorgeous tropical natural spring.
I seriously suggest visiting some of Florida's springs. I have been to over 5 now and I plan to continue adding to that list and telling you guys all about these awesome places.
Have you ever been to a natural spring?
♥ Haley Jane