This private spring in north Florida touts itself as one of the best and safest diving resorts in the U.S., offering a spring that puts out 28 million gallons of gin-clear, 68-degree water a day in a basin that goes to a depth of 50 feet at the mouth of a cavern.
Since the park is private, you’ll find more than the regular fish friends along your dive including lots of koi fish and eels, although the normal gar, catfish, blue gill and bass are present as well.
Cavern divers can explore down to a depth of 115 feet. The springs, though, offer some serious fun and adrenaline for nondivers with tall platforms for diving, diving boards, water slides and even a rope swing for people doing their best Mountain Dew commercial impression. Admission is $8 for 6 and older, 5 and under free.
If you go:
1517 Vortex Spring Lane, Ponce de Leon
About Holmes County
Population (as of 2015): 19,487
Major cities: Bonifay, Ponce De Leon, Westville
Tourism bureau website: holmescountyonline.com/tourism-development
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Donutland Express: facebook.com/Donutlandexpress
Pho Noodle & Kaboodle: facebook.com/PHO-Noodle-Kaboodle
River Cave Bar: facebook.com/rivercavebar
Ponce de Leon Springs State Park: floridastateparks.org/park/ponce-de-leon-springs
Vortex Springs: vortexspring.com
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bonifay: Visit website