Vortex Spring is a freshwater diving facility in Ponce De Leon (Holmes Co,), Florida. Many people come to get scuba diving certified, as you can experience scuba, skin, cave, and night diving all on one property.
The beautiful spring produces around 32 million gallons daily of crystal clear water, which hovers at a 68-degree temperature year-round. Vortex Spring, one of the largest diving centers in the state, is equipped with student platforms that rest 20 feet below the water level. Instructors use “talk boxes” and other savvy dive equipment to emphasize safety in diving.
The founders of Vortex Spring were Doc and Ruth Dockery, who later created the red and white “Diver Down” flag.
An outdoorsman’s dream, Vortex Spring offers lodging for groups as well as camping facilities. Throughout the nearly 500 acres are hook-ups for RVs and campers, too. Lodge-type accommodations include Otter Creek, Grandview, Pinewood, Treasure Chest (can sleep 20), and three cabins, which sleep up to six people. A two-night minimum is required for lodge stays.
Campers and visitors can use the swimming area and its swings, six slides, and a zipline. Unique at this attraction is a cool trapeze swing that drops swimmers 9 feet into the water. How fun! I’m also a fan of the rope swing, which reminds me of childhood. There are so many family-friendly things to do at this park, including four children’s playgrounds; your whole family will love it!
Other areas of interest at Vortex Spring would be renting paddleboards ($10/hr), canoes, kayaks ($5/hr) and tubes ($5/day). While snorkeling is popular and a great option, masks and snorkels are not available for rental due to COVID-19 health concerns. There is an air station available so you can fill your inner tubes and rafts for free at the Swim Shop, where you’ll also find ice cream, sunscreen, and sundries.
There are live concerts during certain times of the year at Vortex Spring. A calendar of events is available online, so you won’t miss any special activities. Don’t miss the nature trails, too, for even more outdoor fun.
Admission to Vortex Spring is $10 for adults, $8 ages 4-8, and free for three and under. A 10% discount is given to first responders and active or retired military.
The Dive Shop at Vortex Spring has anything and everything you would ever need related to water activities, apparel, and cool souvenirs. You’ll also find snacks, food items, and drinks there.
This article was written by Melody Pittman of Wherever I May Roam.
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