Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Green Cove Springs Florida is a small-town delight – there’s cute shops, great food, delicious coffee, and, of course, the bubbling springs after which the town is named.

The Spring Head

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

We visited recently to see the spring. First, we found the source of the spring. It’s impossible to tell just how much water is upwelling from simply gazing at it, or even from following the flow toward the river.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Next, we contemplated the spring-fed pool. At a brisk 72° year-round, it’s got to be refreshing in the summer! We’ve been by in the warmer season and seen it absolutely full of swimmers. You can see the pool there behind the spring – no one is swimming! Brrrr!

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Eventually, we traced the flow of the spring to where it enters the St. Johns River, and found the very noisy cascade down some indigenous rocks. With a flow of nearly 2,200 gallons per minute, it’s one of 600 known springs in Florida.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

The water boils up from the Florida aquifer, and this is a hydrological spring. These limestone rocks are the only type of rock found in Florida.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Spring Path to the St. Johns River

The spring is surrounded by a park with plenty of room for picnics, playgrounds, and simply room to stroll along the river.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

The spring is located in Spring Park, between Magnolia Avenue to the West and the St. Johns River to the East. Walnut Street is to the North, and Spring Street to the South. The path of the spring divides the park, and small bridges cross the spill-off.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Historic Neighborhoods

Many historic homes front the oak-lined streets. This one is the Dr. Applegate House.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Close-by are the Green Cove Springs City Hall, and the River Park Inn, a Victorian-style bed and breakfast.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Great “Off the Chain” Eats

We ate at D’Fontana on Ferris Street. Spring Park Coffee two doors down is one of our favorite coffee shops – we actually had our first date there!

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

The food at D’Fontana is delicious, and the portions are generous. We always have to bring our own leftovers container!

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Cute Shops

I’ve never seemed to make it to the neighborhood before closing time, but on this trip, I finally got to shop in the Pink Seahorse Boutique on Ferris Street. They feature a selection of stylish clothes and shoes, as well as some accessories.

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

Spring Park Coffee on the corner – it’s a small spot, with huge charm, historic photographs, and slow drip cold brew coffee.

Leave Bottles, Mugs, and Leftover Containers in Your Car!

Tote your own reusable water bottle and coffee mug. And remember to get them filled – take them into restaurants and filling stations with you. If you have them in your vehicle, you are 100% more likely to use them!

, Latitude 30° N // Green Cove Springs Florida // Exploring Florida Springs

When all of my coffee and drink mugs wear out, THEN I will invest in a stainless steel water bottle that doubles as a canteen for hot coffee AND has a top finger hole. Two in one! And no plastics. Before you know it, I’ll be dragging out my old green Thermos – remember those? Who knew your grandparents were so economical and ecoconscious!

What to Read Next:

Attempting a Plastic-Free Vacation in the Florida Keys

12 Plastic-Free Vacation Tips

About

Leave a Comment

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com