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circa 1956: Ginger Stanley performs a grand jete during her solo underwater ballet at Silver Springs, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Mozert/Three Lions/Getty Images)

In the “take me away” category of life, check out these five beautiful Florida springs for TikTok Tuesday. So much attention is given to Florida beaches, which are spectacular. However, we forget about these hidden, inland gems. Fresh, cool, crystal clear water.

According to the Florida Springs Institute, there are more than 1000 springs in the Sunshine State. They have even mapped them out here. The majority are in central and northern Florida. While average water temperatures of these springs vary, a good guide is to assume they will hover in the lower 70’s to upper 60’s. Brrrrrrrr.

Devil’s Den Springs is super cool, it looks like a prehistoric cave and Weeki Wachee Springs has mermaids. The vintage photo above is from Silver Springs.

TikTok Tuesday picks

Here are a few I pulled from TikTok this week. This one looks like a swimming pool rather than a park. I had to watch it twice to be sure I wasn’t being tricked.

In this next one, the water is so clear. I’m wondering why the swimmer is wearing a mask and snorkel?

I like how @travelandbeautyscene describes this next spot as Florida’s “natural” lazy river. Kelly Rock Springs is in the Orlando area.

Rainbow Springs, shown below, used to be called Blue Springs. It’s one of the state’s largest springs. Its the headsprings for the Rainbow River near Dunnellon.

The Ichetucknee State Park is home to eight clear springs. Close to Gainesville it looks a little more rustic.

@maddierosete

Itchetucknee Springs is a MUST when visiting northern Florida. It sits just outside of Gainesville and is only $6 per vehicle (up to 8people). You have the option to float/swim through the river or just hang out at the springs. Either way it’s a great time guaranteed! #travel #travelphotography #nature #wanderlust #adventure #trip #foryou #foryoupage #fyp #florida #floridalife #floridasprings #hiddengems

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As we are sweltering the summer heat, perhaps looking at these five beautiful Florida springs for TikTok Tuesday will give you some sense of refreshment. On the other hand, maybe they will inspire you to take a road trip this weekend.

Find one more of Florida’s magnificent springs here, along with some spectacular beaches.