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A beautiful display of Florida’s natural beauty, Ginnie Springs is the perfect spot for an outdoor adventure with some of the clearest springs in the state. From tubing to snorkeling and adventurous diving excursions, this picturesque spring produces nearly 80 million gallons of water daily and is the ideal place to spend a sunny afternoon canoeing up a river, exploring scenic nature trails and setting up a picnic.
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What’s better than spending an afternoon lazily floating in the tranquil waters? The 72-degree temperatures at Ginnie Springs are perfect for water-based adventures, from river tubing and swimming to snorkeling, while wilderness campsites and three-bedroom cottages offer you the chance to go on an overnight adventure.
Your worries will easily melt away as you get in the refreshing waters and admire the picturesque scenery that surrounds you. Snorkeling adventures offer a glimpse of a variety of colorful schools of fish, including large gar, bass, mullet, catfish and even turtles, or you spot the area’s diverse wildlife from a leisurely paddle on a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard.
Local divers have known about Ginnie Springs for years, as it’s considered a paradise not only for those looking to float the day away, but open water and cave divers who want to explore 30,000 feet of passageway in the Devil’s Eye/Ear system. It’s been called “the world’s favorite freshwater dive”, where people come from around the world to marvel at the crystal-clear water and mesmerizing natural beauty underneath.
The Ginnie Spring is a large, bowl-shaped depression, where a 150-foot long run connects to the Santa Fe River. The highlight for divers here is the Ginnie Cavern, where its highly reflective limestone, unique geological formations and amphitheater-sized area makes for a memorable underwater exploration. Those who want to dive in the 50-foot deep Devil’s Spring should look up when they’re at the bottom, as it’s said that its crystal clear waters allow you to count the leaves on the canopy of trees above you.
An excellent day trip for the entire family, Ginnie Springs has plenty of on-site facilities to ensure you have everything you need. Boasting a camp store, dive store and even a station to fill up your floatie, there’s also an on-site restaurant, heated bath houses and a playground for the kids. Those who want to soak up the sunshine can lounge on the sun decks and sturdy chairs at the springs, while covered pavilions and picnic tables with grills are also available.