I read some other reviews of this springs and was not surprised that people noted the rude staff. I know what your talking about, but if we can get past the staff issue, it's well worth the trip out of Ocala. I don't know of any other spring close to Ocala that you can swim in so it's a real treasure for my son and myself. Given it's not exactly close to Ocala either. The website from Lakecountyfl.gov says that Alexander Springs is in Altoona, Florida (very near Astor and Astor Park) at the following address: 49525 County Road 445.My GPS was not able to find this address, and took me just a little past the park, but it got me there.
Now to the spring. We LOVE this spring. The water is crystal clear of course, it's not crowded, and they have beautiful trails that are like near paradise. It's also a great place to learn to swim, which is what my son is doing right now because it's shallow out 100 yards or so until you get near the spring which causes the depth to drop off to about 25 or so feet. But bring your own life jacket, the ones they have to offer are not meant for the "youth" stage of life. Only for young children (under 40 pounds I think) and adults over 90 pounds. There's not a lot of fish to watch unfortunately, but it's still well worth the visit, or two. It costs about $6 per adult to get in and you can rent canoes to paddle the long run that flows (or so I hear) to the St. John's River. We will be trying that soon too!
I will add that the squirrels are a problem. They are constantly searching my bags for food (probably because they've been fed too many times) and are just a pest. I recommend that you bring bags that squirrels can't eat through or pull apart and keep them close by. Please don't feed the wildlife!
Please note that the winter hours for the park's gift shop near the spring are limited during the week. They seem to be open on the weekends. Have fun!
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