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Sometimes all a weekend needs to be perfect is a relaxing day at one of the hottest springs in town–Ginnie Springs.
Ginnie Springs is a tucked away hidden gem that is perfect for the family, college friends, or just anyone who enjoys nature and splashing in the refreshing water. Ginnie Springs is about 2 hrs from Central Florida and definitely worth the drive. The temperature varies but is typically around 72 degrees. This hidden gem is a natural spring with beautiful waters. You can float your way to a relaxing afternoon on innertubes, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and more. Ginnie Springs also has a river that takes you on a relaxing float from start to finish. You can even take a dip and explore the famous diving hole at Ginnie Springs. The Spring is also home to many campers with tents by the river and water hookups for your RV.
On our visit to Ginnie Springs, it was on a Saturday, and we paid $20 per person for entrance. We also rented two single people Intertubes ($12.00 plus taxes ) and paddles ($5 plus taxes each paddle). Ginnie Springs seasonal hours are from 8 am-6 pm (Monday-Thursday), and (Friday & Saturdays) 8 am-8 pm and on (Sunday’s) 8 am-6 pm.
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The Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring
First, let me say, it’s beyond me why such a beautiful spot would be named “Devil’s Den,” but that’s beside the point. Continue reading about why this spot is one of the hottest natural springs in Central Florida.
The Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring is about an hour and a half from Central Florida, Gainesville, FL, to be exact. This natural spring is perfect for the adventurer and the scuba diving fans.
This natural wonder is home to some of the best and deepest diving points and diving cave (however, diving caves are now closed). This 50 ft. deep hole allows you to scuba dive and explore all the beauty down under. The prices to explore range from $5 to $38 and ranges from you just walking around, going down in the den for pictures, to swimming in the hole to snorkeling. We opted for walking around the facility and taking photos in the hole. You can bring your scuba diving gear or opt to rent the equipment at their main office.
Devil’s Den is also home to many campers and picnic areas and, of course, the scuba diving den.
A few things we noted, the entrance to the end is narrow, so only one person may enter at a time. The allotted person in the den at any given time is about 5-10. Only strong swimmers and expert divers are encouraged to scuba dive here.
The next time you visit Central Florida, you can consider checking out Ginnie Springs or Devil’s den.
Could you share your thoughts with me? Would Ginnie Springs or Devil’s Den Prehistoric Spring be an option you’d consider on your next visit to Central Florida?
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