The 250-acre park could be the Sunshine State’s best kept secret.

By Marisa Spyker
December 10, 2019

Vacations in Florida often come with some predictable ingredients. There’s sunshine, of course, along with its reliable sidekicks, flip flips and wide-brimmed hats. And, if Mickey Mouse isn’t involved, there’s a very good chance that a glimmering white-sand beach is.

But there’s much more to the Sunshine State than just a stellar coastline. Venture inland and you’ll find sprawling citrus fields, cool college towns, and some breathtaking natural beauty. And while most of it generally seems to fly a little more under-the-radar, one attraction in particular had travelers frequently pointing their GPSes away from the blue this year. According to a report by RVshare.com, a 250-acre northern Florida park named Ginnie Springs was among the top five most visited destinations reported by RV renters.

When you consider the competition, that’s a big deal. Tiny Ginnie Springs, while a regular getaway for those in-the-know, pales in recognition to its fellow winners, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon national parks.

So what makes Florida’s once-secret escape hold its own among some of America’s most stunning national parks? Quite a bit. A network of natural shallow springs and underwater caves, Ginnie Springs is a dream destination for swimming, tubing, paddleboarding, and scuba diving. (As its most notable claim to fame, conservationist Jacques Cousteau once visited and declared “visibility forever” within its underwater cave system.)

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Whether you’re swimming or diving within the springs, it’s that crystal-clear freshwater that makes for an especially magnificent sight. Set against a wall of wild foliage, the calm, sparkling waters reflect their natural surroundings, creating a truly utopian photo opp.

And that’s not all the magic Ginnie Springs dishes out. In a show of true Florida perfectionism, the springs are able to stay open year-round, because the water—get this—is always a walk-right-in 72 degrees. Swoon.

Ready to add Ginnie Springs to your Florida bucket list? Read more about the private park here, and find 10 more fun things to do in the Sunshine State here.

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