Brought to you by the same fine folks that inspect your favorite steaks and food, the USDA has their own theme park! Ok so it’s not really a theme park, but it is brought to you by the United States Department of Agriculture. Juniper Springs is right in the middle of the Ocala National Forrest. We were literally driving around in a new direction and looking for something to do when we ran across this awesome location. Prepared with a picnic lunch, and our camera, we left the car for an adventure!
With our bellies rumbling, we just followed the brown signs and found Juniper Springs. When we pulled in, we were a bit surprised at the $5 per person admission charge, but figured we would give it a try. We’re used to paying by the car load at many of our other local parks, but since our little guy was free it wasn’t too bad. If you swing by during the week, you could also do a free and quick drive through to see if you would like to stay for the day, but trust me you’ll want to stick around. If you’re literally just looking for a picnic bench to eat your lunch, you may want to find another location as $5 per person would be a bit steep just for lunch.
After parking the car and unloading our little guy, we headed unto the sprigs area. We were pleased to fund quite a few picnic tables around the concession area and quickly sat down for lunch. In an effort to entertain our little one we generally jam out to some tunes while eating, but we were in the middle of no where! No cell signal at all which is odd of our carrier. If you are planning on listening to some jams, but sure to download the music or bring a radio and streaming data options won’t be available. While dining on a fairly standard picnic lunch, we checked out the map and discovered why there was a $5 admission. Juniper springs is much more than just a picnic spot! Continue reading