One of my best friends moved to Florida a couple years ago, which was sad for me since we’re not hanging out as much as we used to these days. On the other hand, it means I now have a friend in Florida to go visit, and you all know how much I love a good travel opportunity. I’ve been out to Florida to visit her already, and had an amazing time. However, it’s looking like another plane ticket out there may be in order, because I received an email from my friend one morning that read simply, “We need to go here!” and had a link to a place called Devil’s Den Prehistoric Springs. So, I clicked the link and found out that the Devil’s Den looks like a pretty amazing place! Here is what it has to say on their website:
Bought in 1993 by our current owners, this natural wonder has been transformed from a simple scuba diving site to a world class tourist attraction. Visit one of North America’s most prehistoric places, Devil’s Den Spring! This underground spring inside a dry cave has been home to many extinct animal fossils dating back to the Pleistocene Age, which are on display at The University of Florida’s Museum of Natural History.
The Devil’s Den underground spring is for snorkeling and scuba diving only, meaning you can’t just go for a leisurely swim in there. That being said, even people like myself who aren’t scuba certified can easily strap on a mask and fins and go for a little snorkel. It looks like it’s on. You can bring your own gear, of course, but they do have equipment available for rental there, so you’re all set either way.
It’s a little bit remote, but not to worry because there are lodging options when you visit. They have 4 cabins which are available for rental as well as one double-wide trailer, as well as tent and RV campgrounds.
Once you’re finished exploring the underground springs, you can entertain yourself by swimming in their heated pool. They have changing rooms and showers, picnic tables, charcoal grills, cabanas, and open lawn space for fun outdoor recreational activities.
If you haven’t had enough exploration at Devil’s Den, there are several more amazing places in the area for you to explore as well.
North of Devil’s Den you’ll find Ichetucknee Springs, which is a great place for some scenic river tubing as well as scuba diving and snorkeling. It is located only 45 minutes North. Also less than an hour North is Ginnie Springs, which is a great place for swimming, snorkeling and scuba. They also offer tent camping at this location.
South of Devil’s Den, you’ll find Rainbow Springs only 20 minutes away. This spring is connected to the Rainbow River and offers swimming, scuba, tubing, and camping. Also South, only two miles away is the Blue Grotto, where you can do some incredible scuba diving all the way to a depth of 100 feet.
East of Devil’s Den by only 30 minutes, you’ll find Silver Springs in Ocala. At this awesome spring, you can rent a kayak or go on a glass bottom boat tour.
West of Devil’s Den by only 35 minutes, you’ll find Manatee Springs, which is an awesome place known for housing manatees during the Winter. You can go kayaking, fishing, swimming, and boating here. You’ll also find Cedar Key only 45 minutes west. This is a small city on the Gulf Coast where you can go fishing and dine at local restaurants.