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How to Have the Perfect Day at Ginnie Springs

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Text reads access our vacation guide. Image of blue underwater bubbles light at the surfaceDive in and explore a mesmerizing underwater world at Ginnie Springs! A year-round destination, this amazing park boasts an exciting array of water activities the whole family will enjoy. Discover what lies beneath the surface of the 72-degree water. Regardless of the weather, the temperatures of the spring water remain the same. Encounter underwater wildlife. Embark on countless adventures. A visit to this park is easily one of the most unique attractions in the area. For more thoughtful suggestions on what to do and see near Gainesville, check out our vacation guide!

What to Do at Ginnie Springs

Take Part in Fun Water Activities

Swimming and Snorkeling

Jump right into the crystal clear waters at Ginnie Springs. With seven different springs to explore, you can easily spend the whole day looking swimming and snorkeling. See how many species of wildlife you encounter below the surface of the water. In the summer and early fall, you can navigate your way through the Santa Fe River with snorkeling gear! With goggles and fins, you may be able to spot large gar, mullet, catfish, turtles, bass and more.

Tubing the Santa Fe River

If you’re feeling a little lazy, grab a tube and float down the Santa Fe River! This relaxing water activity is an easy-going experience and provides stunning views of the park. Embark on your journey from Devil’s Spring and exit at Twin Spring.

Rent a Canoe, Kayak, or Stand Up Paddle Board

Get in touch with your adventurous side and rent (or bring your own) canoe, kayak, or stand up paddle board. Paddle your way through the Santa Fe River and take in the beautiful natural scenes that surround you.

Useful tip: Paddle upstream when you begin your trip!

Scuba Diving

Many refer to Ginnie Springs as the “world’s favorite freshwater dive.” Diving these waters is one of the best things to do in High Springs, Fl. Admire the beautiful underwater flora and fauna. The crystal clear waters allow for phenomenal views. Certified open-water divers and cave divers will have various opportunities to explore the magical world that thrives below the surface. There are four diveable springs and divers often like to explore the Santa Fe River as well. You have to check out the following:

  • The ballroom at Ginnie Spring
  • Devil’s Eye at the Devil’s Spring system
  • Devil’s Ear at the Devil’s Spring system
  • The Santa Fe River

Park Information


Summer Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm
  • Friday & Saturday 8am-10pm
  • Sunday 8am-8pm

Winter Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm
  • Friday & Saturday 8am-8pm
  • Sunday 8am-6pm

Admission Fees

Admission fees vary depending on age and whether or not you’re scuba diving. Be sure to check their website for pricing in advance. You can even sign the admission waiver before arrival!

Stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Camelot Bedroom with beautiful wood sleigh bed and regal burgundy beddingA visit to Ginnie Springs is one of the best things to do near Gainesville! Sweetwater Branch Inn’s Cushman House is the perfect place to call home during your Florida vacation! Fall asleep to the soothing sounds of our courtyard fountain when you choose to stay in our Camelot Room. Look out over our beautiful gardens from your window. Feel like royalty when you rest your head in the beautifully crafted wooden sleigh bed. Allow us to make your vacation dreams a reality!

We look forwarding to having you!


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