Come on down to the water and take a swim. You will feel younger. I guarantee it. Maybe it’s the laughter of children splashing or just the pure enchantment of these magical, mysterious places where time stops on a summer afternoon. Mermaids and manatees live here. So do the Creature From the Black Lagoon and all sorts of other wondrous things.
You won’t find any of these watery treasures down at the beach. They hide away in forests and secret places. The world’s largest and most plentiful springs―more than 700 in all―gush in Florida. Senior Photographer Gary Clark and I spent weeks searching for the best. Here are some we think you’ll love.