Explore Florida's Holmes County: Whirlwind of fun at Vortex Springs

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

Top restaurants:

Castaway Seafood: facebook.com/castawayseafood

Donutland Express: facebook.com/Donutlandexpress

Pho Noodle & Kaboodle: facebook.com/PHO-Noodle-Kaboodle

Top bars:

River Cave Bar: facebook.com/rivercavebar

Top attractions:

Ponce de Leon Springs State Park: floridastateparks.org/park/ponce-de-leon-springs

Vortex Springs: vortexspring.com

Top hotels:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bonifay: Visit website

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