Food Traveler Magazine Winter 2016 - Page 60

Greetings FROM FLORIDA! Silver Springs State Park Another of the largest springs, and one of the more popular destinations, is Silver Springs State Park, in Ocala. These waters are as clear as glass, and are probably the most famous for the glass-bottom boat rides. You can bring your own canoe or kayak for paddling ($4 launch fee). Camping is also a recommended activity here, and there are modern cabins to rent, as well as over 50 sites with full facilities for setting up camp and staying overnight. Take a guided horseback ride through the spring’s trails, where you can experience the best of Silver Spring’s natural wonders. Blue Spring Head to Blue Spring on the St. John’s River in Orange City for manatee viewing. Blue Spring is the largest spring on the river, and is “a crucial winter refuge for manatees.” Live oaks drip and lean into the spring, and the clear, vivid blue water filled with manatees makes for amazing photography and a very memorable experience. Because the manatees seek refuge here in the winter, swimming, diving, and canoeing are restricted during the colder seasons. However, you can view the manatees from the boardwalks that overlook the water. A wide selection of cabins, campgrounds, trails, and picnic areas are available here, as well. Whether you are looking to get face-to-face with a dolphin, or if you simply want to have a lazy day on the beach, Florida has the perfect piece of land for you to find your next adventure on. The beaches are full of life and the days are sunny; perfect for enjoying a winter vacation in a paradise not-so-far from home. So, check vacation packages, resorts, and seasonal attractions for the best rates and plan your next Florida vacation for this winter! 58 FoodTraveler l Winter 2016