August 4, 2013

Exploring Florida - Green Cove Springs

Although it's a bit of a convoluted back story involving dinner at Steak 'n Shake and going to see a movie that didn't work out as planned, the family took a little trip on the other side of the St. John's River last night and ended up in a little city called Green Cove Springs.

A very proud Lilly showing off her new Minecraft t-shirt at Steak 'n Shake

Down by the river there's a little park called...well, what else...Spring Park, and the landmark within the park is the actual warm water spring itself, where the entire city gets it's name.

The spring source, or "boil"

It was pretty neat to walk around the spring, and the little stream of crystal clear water immediately below that makes its way down to the river.  The first thing you notice is the strong smell of sulfur, and the next thing you notice is the large in ground swimming pool built right beneath the spring source (wish I took a picture, but thanks to Google Images I was able to steal one).  The water basically flows from the ground, into the one end of the pool, out the other, and then down into maybe a 50 yard stream to the river.

A sign beside the spring evidently outlines some of the history of the spring itself...a history that is actually pretty rich, and involves such names as P.T. Barnum, J.C. Penney, & President Grover Cleveland.  Evidently, the water was prized for it's therapeutic value for many, many years.  Perhaps it's actually the real Fountain of Youth...  It's worth clicking on the picture below to read the backstory.

To tie fishing into the story, there's also a nice pier at the bottom of the park that stretches out into the St. John's River.  There were quite a few people fishing on this night, although we didn't observe anybody catch anything as we strolled the planks.

Overall, it's a pretty neat little place.  Not sure if we have a reason to go back, but it's nice to say we've been there.


  1. Have y'all been to St Auggie yet? that is another place that you might be interested in exploring.

    1. We've been there twice...although not for the Fountain of Youth. We went one day just to explored the little tourist area and the old fort, then we came back a few weeks later and watched the 4th of July fireworks. It's nice, we like it.

  2. Yes, you'll like St. Augustine.

    Why not make a trek to Fernandina beach and catch a sunset cruise on one of their boats that motors around Cumberland Island. There are a few small places to eat up there as well.

    Glad to see you're settling in.

    1. Open to suggestions. We'll add that one to the list...although not next weekend...we're headed to Islamorada.

  3. Pretty cool setup with the spring and pool. Wonder what the PPM chart would read these days? Must still be safe enough.