Children leap off a diving platform (14 feet up) into the 68-degree swimming area near the headwaters of the spring. “Better than Disney,” wrote a traveler from South Africa who signed the memory book in room 22 of the lodge. The state park manages the retro, relaxing lodge, built in 1937 when the springs operated as a private attraction. Children love the vintage soda fountain, where families celebrate the end of a fun-filled day. www.floridastateparks.org/wakullasprings or (850) 926-0700.