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Dunedin is easily one of my favorite little towns to hang out in, in fact, it was the town I lived in when I first moved to Florida. However, despite living and working in the area for over a year, I admittedly didn't get out to explore it as much as I should have and now I'm finally making up for it. It was only a couple weeks ago that I accidently discovered a gorgeous blue spring near Dunedin hidden at Wall Springs Park.
I stumbled upon this fascinating area in Palm Harbor by traversing the Pinellas Trail (started in Tarpon Springs and went south towards Dunedin) but you can just drive right up to the park since there's a massive parking lot with plenty of open space.
The park is relatively hidden and certainly not as talked about as other iconic spots in the area like Honeymoon Island, which I think gives it a little bit of an added secretive charm. It's definitely not as packed as other spring parks in the area like Weeki Wachee --though, that could be directly consequential of their no-swimming, fishing, or boating rules. At Wall Springs Park you can look but you can't touch --though, it wasn't always that way!
According to informational sign posts around the park like that above, this area used to be a hotspot for recreational water activities in the early and mid 1900s.
"A historical, natural spring once used as a spa and bathing area, complete with a viewing area, boardwalk, and information display serves as the centerpiece of this 210-acre park that is connected to the Pinellas Trail," the Pinellas County website states, adding that "the average water flow is 2,917 gallons per minute or about 4.2 million gallons per day."
Sure, it kind of stinks that we can't dip our feet into this crisp and inviting body of water anymore, but the park has added a lot of other great amenities for us to enjoy instead. Not only is Wall Springs free to visit and open to the public, there are miles of boardwalk and paved trails to get lost on and there's a massive overlook that gives you some unbeatable views of the park and Gulf --to name a few highlights. The entire list can be seen here.
I feel like no amount of photos or videos can truly do this park justice so be sure to plan a visit at some point if you want to really experience this gorgeous hidden gem firsthand. The park is located at 3725 De Soto Blvd., Palm Harbor, and currently closes at 7p.m. Skateboards, scooters, and the like are not permitted on boardwalk trails. More information about the park can be found here.
If you're looking for a blue spring to dive into, check out this spot not too far from Tampa!
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