If hitting the water sounds like the perfect adventure, these are a few well-known spots in Central Florida: Chassahowitzka Springs, Homosassa Springs, Kings Bay Springs, Rainbow Springs, or Weeki Wachee Springs. An outfitter can provide basic equipment like the kayak or canoe, paddles and life jacket. But you’ll still want to do a little preparation yourself. Be sure to wear sunscreen, and a hat is great additional sun protection. Purchase a dry bag to transport your phone, keys, ID, and food. Pack plenty of water, a first aid kit and a whistle, and be sure to have a buddy. Take all the photos you want, but don’t interact with the wildlife. And finally, leave the waterways pristine by removing all food scraps and trash.
A day on the water in Florida is certain to be memorable. Nowhere else on Earth supports such diversity of habitat that is so accessible for personal adventure. The history of this landscape began with water and the lives of Floridians have ebbed and flowed through this aquatic connection. To traverse the waterways is to simultaneously link oneself to the past and propel oneself forward. It is the story of water. It is the story of humans.