Warm Mineral Springs The Fountain of Youth: North Port Florida

Photography by Gary Wonning

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The City of North Port is home to Warm Mineral Springs Park. The natural 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.

At Warm Mineral Springs Park, you will find a day full of relaxation. A variety of spa services are available to those who book in advance.

The Warm Mineral Springs is a water-filled sinkhole .  The primary water supply is a spring deep beneath the pool’s water surface. Warm Mineral Springs is the only warm water mineral spring in Florida. It is an important site, containing many American Indian remnants. It functioned as a small natural spa since the 1960s, and people traveled from all over the world to soak in the mineral-rich waters. The waters are believed to have extraordinary healing powers and some believe it was the fountain of youth sought by Ponce de Leon.

Warm Mineral Springs

In the late 1950s  scuba divers found artifacts and human bones from at least seven individuals in Warm Mineral Springs. A partially burned log found in association with some of the human bones was radiocarbon dated to about 10,000 years ago. If the bones were the same age as the log, then the bones are the oldest known evidence of human occupation in Florida. 

Warm Mineral springs, North Port Florida

One skull recovered from under sediment about 40 feet  under the present water level in the sinkhole contained organic matter. Hospital medical staff who examined the contents of the skull observed that it looked like a brain. 

Prehistoric man lived here

Warm Mineral Springs has been described as the “burial ground” for the prehistoric residential community at nearby Little Salt Spring.

It all began as a cave

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.


Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

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