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If you like underwater activities, outdoor adventures, camping, and Florida sunshine, Ginnie Springs is the perfect vacation destination for you. Ginnie Springs is a private park located on the south side of the Santa Fe River. It’s best known for its crystal clear waters and caverns, while the springs are home to tons of snorkeling, swimming, and scuba diving opportunities. Immerse yourself in turquoise waters and explore its expansive underwater cave system, or kick back on a float, go hiking, or even be a wild party animal. Here are nine reasons to visit Ginnie Springs:
1. 72-Degree Water
Ginnie Springs is blessed with 72-degree water, which is said to be one of the most ideal temperatures for swimming or diving. You’ll never want to get out of the water once you’ve taken the plunge! The waters are 72 degrees year-round, making it a refreshing dip in the summer months, while in the winter months, the springs feel deliciously warm in the evening.
2. Scuba Diving
Ginnie Springs is one of the best places to go scuba diving in Florida thanks to its mysterious underwater cave system. Some even go as far as to say it’s the world’s best freshwater dive experience, as the waters are so clear giving there’s perfect visibility and you can spend days exploring the epic system.
3. Go Camping
As Ginnie Springs is less than a two-hour drive from Jacksonville, it’s an accessible spot for those looking to get out of the city and connect with nature. It’s home to a private campground with bathrooms, showers and charging points.
4. Seven Clear Springs
The park is home to seven separate clear springs, each of which you can access the impressive underwater cave system. The Ginnie Springs waters draw thousands of day-trippers yearly.
5. Fun on the Water
At Ginnie Springs you can go tubing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. There are activities for all ages to enjoy! Many also bring their own floats, so whether you’re a giant pink flamingo sort of person, or you just prefer the average lilo, you can kick back and enjoy a lazy day floating down the river. For more fun on the water in Florida, check out the state’s best waterparks.
6. Go Hiking
There are several excellent hiking trails surrounding Ginnie Springs and you can find trails suitable to all levels. Many of the hikes offer shade — perfect to escape the midday sun. If you’re a keen hiker, why not visit one of Florida’s national parks and protected areas?
While Ginnie Springs is a relaxing destination during the week, on the weekend crowds of partygoers descend on the springs, ready to drink, dance and sunbath. Things get particularly wild during spring break!
8. Spot Wildlife
The wildlife-spotting opportunities in Ginnie Springs are simply incredible. You can see lizards, turtles, tropical birds, manatees, raccoons, and much, much more. Kick back and relax, and keep your eyes peeled for the range of animals roaming around.
9. Children’s Activities
Ginnie Springs is also home to a children’s playground, volleyball court, and picnic areas, making it a perfect place to bring the family. There are quieter areas to camp too — if you want to avoid the party crowd.