Your Guide to Surviving the Summer Heat in the Swamp
Living in Gainesville during the summer months can be quite brutal. If you stand outside for more than 10 minutes, your body will be drenched in sweat. Staying active and cool are key essentials to surviving the often unbearable summer heat.
Thankfully, since Gainesville is a central point to many rivers, lakes and trails, a little drive should do just the trick. I mean, come on, who wants to stay indoors under air conditioning all summer long?
Gainesville has so much to offer, so why not explore?
This destination is for the young at heart. It’s a massive indoor foam pit and trampoline park that’s new to Gainesville. Get Air also houses a dodge ball arena and an obstacle course (which is harder than it looks). So, what’s the best part? It’s indoors and air conditioned, so you can go anytime of the day or at night without having to face the scorching summer heat.
If you’re looking for something refreshing to do this summer, then drive down to High Springs, Florida. Only 30 minutes from Gainesville, you can find several springs at which to lounge and keep cool, like Poe Springs. The temperature of the water averages 72 degrees year round. When the Gainesville heat is getting the best of you, head on down to the springs for a relaxing and rejuvenating summer day of fun in the sun.
Some rivers such as Ginnie Springs and Ichetucknee Springs are a bit longer drive—about 45 minutes to an hour, but the drive is worth it. Each of these springs offer a wide array of activities such as tubing, swimming, snorkeling, cave diving, kayaking and other activities, depending on which river you choose to visit.
If you’re feeling adventurous, drive on down to Branford, Florida where Bob’s River Place is located. This place includes slides, rope swings, a floating dock where you can play king of the dock and water volleyball court.
Bob’s River Place is designed for adrenaline seekers and is similar to a waterpark (like Rapids in South Florida) located on the Suwannee River. This place will keep you cool, occupied and away from the killer summer heat. Check out a clip of Bob’s River Place below.