My Favorite Ways to be Cool this Summer

July 17, 2019 | All Posts, Nature

I want to share with you some of my favorite ways to be cool this summer in Green Cove Springs.

In the Swings


Even though I can’t take our cool porch swing to the St. Johns river front, these cool comfortable, sturdy swings along the river walk are almost even better!

Swings on the River walk
Best friends enjoy the River front swings

In the pool

Chemical free Spring fed pool
Pool overlooks St Johns River

One of my favorite places to be cool this summer is across the street in the Chemical-Free Spring-Fed Pool.

The cool water, a constant 77 degrees, flows at about 1300 gallons a minute from a cavern that is 28 feet deep right across the street from the inn.

The water is really cool because it is so rich in minerals.  It was well known for its healing properties since the late 1800’s when wealthy tourists wintered here.

Mineral content of spring water that feeds the pool
Spring water, rich in minerals, feeds the pool
From the pool the water is carried under a foot bridge out into the St. Johns River.
Spring Run
Walkway along stream

I love the walkway under the cool shade of these giant moss covered oak trees along the charming stream called Spring Run that carries that 1300 gallon a minute outflow from the pool to the St. Johns River.On the St. Johns River

On the St. Johns River

Pier on St. Johns River
Fishing Pier and Boat Slips on the St. Johns River

The cool city pier on the St. Johns River can be seen from the river’s edge with a shady gazebo in the middle which is a favorite cool place to fish on a warm afternoon. 

If boating is your cool thing, the end of the pier has boat slips with electricity and water hook-ups. The cost is affordable at only 20.00 per night collected by the City of Green Cove Springs.  If you don’t stay aboard your boat you can just walk across the park for dinner at one of several locally owned restaurants and then stay at the River Park Inn for a comfortable night and a full hot breakfast in the morning.

Affordable Boat Slips
Stay aboard or Stay at the Inn
Couple on the St. Johns riverbank
Friends on the riverbank

Sometimes its fun to just take a blanket down to sit on the riverbank and enjoy the cool evening breeze!

At the overlook


Schedule your next event at this cool covered gazebo overlooking the pool and the St. Johns River. The overlook offers a great place to meet friends and enjoy the scenery.

Gazebo overlooking Pool
Overlook with a great view of the pool and St. Johns River

There are several other cool gazebos along the riverfront too. My favorite was constructed several decades ago by Friends of the Park.

Lighted riverfront gazebo
Decorate the riverfront gazebo for your event
It is also cool to see at sunrise!
Sunrise on the St. Johns River
Beautiful sunrise on the water

Food Truck Friday is Cool!

Be cool one Friday night a month and bring your favorite adult beverage to enjoy the river breezes, live music and food truck dinners in the river front park on the St. Johns but come early … it gets a little crowded.

The next Food Truck Friday is August 9, 2019.

Event in Spring Park
Food Truck Friday is a popular monthly event in Green Cove Springs

At the Splash Pad in Any Season

Lighted splash pad
LED lights change color at the splash pad

The splash pad is the coolest thing of all with free access year round. At night the colored LED lighting makes it irresistible!

Convinced? There is no cooler place to be than Green Cove Springs in the Summer and there is no cooler place to stay than the River Park Inn, just a short walk to the park, the pool the river and all of these very cool experiences. 

Front entry River Park Inn
The warmest of welcomes awaits at River Park Inn