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Free admission for Sarasota County residents at Warm Mineral Springs Park on Aug. 11

Have you always wanted to check out Warm Mineral Springs Park? Daily admission will be waived for all Sarasota County residents on Saturday, August 11, 2018. The park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Spring maintains 85 degrees year-round and contains an estimated 51 minerals – one of the highest mineral content of any natural spring in the United States. People worldwide visit the Park annually to soak in the mineral dense waters. The Spring is also the only warm spring in Florida.

Beneath the Spring’s depths is one of the most important underwater archeological sites in America. It is believed that the Spring dates back to the Ice Age. During exploratory dives in the 1950s, the remains of a prehistoric man and evidence of several creatures were discovered, including saber tooth tigers, giant sloths, tortoises, and even camels. The Spring has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Warm Mineral Springs Park is owned by the City of North Port and operated by National & State Park Concessions. Proof of residence will be required for admission into the Springs on Aug. 11, including a driver’s license or an FPL bill, water bill, tax bill, or deed. Spa services are not included in the free admission and must be booked in advance and paid for separately.

For more information about Warm Mineral Springs Park, including general rules and prohibited items, visit or call 941-426-1692.