The magic of nature surrounds a gushing spring at this park, 30 minutes from Orlando. On an early morning, I climb into a rented canoe and ease away from shore. When I follow the current through a tunnel of trees, four river otters swim out to greet me. I feel as if I’m in a Disney movie, but the critters here are real. Hard to believe this place of wild beauty thrives so close to an urban area, but it does, thanks to the nurturing springs. www.floridastateparks.org/wekiwasprings or (407) 884-2008.