Warm Mineral Springs, Florida

Do you associate Florida with a beach or an amusement park?

Do not forget the hot spring with rotten egg odor.

Manatee Viewing Center

Tampa is the third largest city in the State of Florida.

At the Manatee Viewing Center, you can observe American manatee at close hand.

Manatee Viewing Center

Photo by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute – Tampa Electric – Apollo Beach (2015) / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It is just another channel beside a thermal power plant.

Manatees gather together around the warm industrial waste water from November through April.

Warm Mineral Springs

It is an hour’s drive from the Manatee Viewing Center to Warm Mineral Springs.

Right after I opened my car door, I felt strong sulfur smell.


The rate for walk-ins is $20.

A circular pond is located in the grass field.

Many people in bathing suits were enjoying sunbathing.


The pond is too big to call it an outdoor bath; 80-yard diameter and more than 230-feet deep.

Open-air Bath

The water is tepid, always around 87 degrees F.

In December, it was rather comfortable due to the warm weather in Florida.

I saw small fish swimming and they pecked me weakly.

Small Fishes

A circular rope is floating inside the pond.

Outside the rope, adults could reach the bottom, so that they were doing exercise walking in a clockwise way.

White Rope

I swam inside the rope, but felt bottomless fear.

It may be better to rent a charged floaters.

Warm Mineral Springs, North Port, Florida, USA
Walk-inYes (9:00am – 5:00pm)
Official WebsiteYes

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There is a drinking water fountain at the street corner.

The signboard says “well exceeds the maximum contaminant levels for radioactivity.”

I turned on the faucet, and cold water gushed out with sulfur smell.

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Ken Springfield