What else is there to do in Orlando Florida if you don’t want to visit the amusement parks? That’s what I had to figure out in November when I visited at the height of the pandemic to support my friend who was participating in a bodybuilding competition.
Orlando has an emerging food scene I wanted to explore , the one in Tampa as well as some of the beaches close to the city but what I was most excited about was the Ginnie Springs, these clear, blue bodies of water and their underground cave system had me giddy with anticipation.
Regardless of weather, the springs are at a constant 72 degree and during the summer months, are bustling with thousands of visitors. In normal times there are lots of things to do in the park : Kayaking, Snorkeling,Cave diving, Paddle boarding, water tubing and plain old swimming but when I visited at the height of the pandemic, the park had modified it’s activities and wasn’t renting snorkeling gear but fortunately the gift shop had some for sale all beit more expensive. So if anyone is planning a visit to the springs, I’ll recommend they take their own snorkeling gear. You can also camp at the springs,get more information on their website.
The Ginnie Springs are two hours away from Orlando florida and make the perfect day trip from the city which is what I did, but the weather wasn’t on my side on this day, not only was it cold, it was a dreary day and the rain came down thirty minutes after I arrived. The water was warm and clear but every time I got out, the cold would sip in under my skin . Many springs constitute the Ginnie Springs and my favorite on was ; The Devil’s Eye. The other springs are:
- Monday-Thursday 8am-7pm
- Friday & Saturday 8am-10pm
- Sunday 8am-8pm
- Monday-Thursday 8am-4pm
- Friday & Saturday 8am-8pm
- Sunday 8am-6pm
Admission fees vary depending on age and whether or not you’re scuba diving. You can even sign the admission waiver before arrival!