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Anthony P wrote a review Today
Columbus, Ohio118 contributions109 helpful votes
The good... I'll start by saying that the beauty of the natural springs here is amazing. That's about all the good i can say about this place. The bad... The cost to get in just to swim was $20/person, which is ridiculous, especially considering there are several other natural spings in the area that are just as pretty but only cost $6. Just getting to the desk to hand the staff my money to gain entry to the park took more than 1/2 hour. The Office/Lobby area was in complete disarray. There were probably 100 people in there and most of us had no idea where to go to get our passes. There were people registering to camp, dive, or just swim, but there was no organization to it whatsoever. Also, in that jam packed room, I counted five people with masks on, not including the staff. I will say the woman who waited on me was informative and friendly. This park, which one would think would be a family atmosphere, seemed more like a concert venue. Every other person had a beer in their hand. Many were on the boardwalk while others were standing in the water or floating down the river. You know most of those beer cans are just getting dumped into the river and springs. There was music blasting from every direction. Pot and cigarette smoke filled the air. Droves of people jammed the entries to the water and you either had to wait for them to move (and they were in no hurry), or enter near one of the cypress trees with their sharp roots and knees. Several people were very rude and many were drunk. The only solace this place offered was while freediving into springs and caves. Most people can't venture very far below the surface and it's quiet and peaceful down there. But when you come up, you have to avoid kicking feet and people loaded on tubes in every direction. I am a huge fan of Florida's springs and love freediving in them. I'd wanted to visit Ginnie for many years, but hadn't had the chance. Now that we've been there, we will be sure to never return. What a dissappointment!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Pamela wrote a review Oct 21
Fort Lauderdale, Florida9 contributions
(10/16/20) Where to start.. This was my first time at this spring, I'm a Avid spring hopper and this one was on the list. Showed up on a Thursday (off season) @ 10am got in ok no crazy wait. Went inside to check in and settle up. About 30 people where in there No masks/employee's included. Sign says masks required. Our bill came to 55$ for 2 people, Entrance/tube rental CRAZYness! They gave us a little map, sent us on, got outside, jumped in the car, parked where they circled. So we get out by (Ginnie) then everything changes. I felt like I was sucked into some dirty, smelly, hippy, rave seen, with the loudest music'(S) possible. Weed smell was so strong and people walking around drunk, had bottles and cans in their hands. Doubles driving scooters, drinking and having open containers. Piss drunk and still going, people out swimming with open containers, plastic cups, bottles. No respect for the Springs and the environment. People say off season, well there was more than plenty of people 100's off season to me is less than 10. I would never ever go during season if that's the case. Trash on the grounds they didn't care, their drunk and high/not just weed. I can't believe there were kids here, shame on the parents. The springs themselves where pretty only stayed to see 3. When you find out you gotta float down Brown Swamp Water for tubing it will change your mind fast. Ginnie is on the Sante Fe which means it's Brown Swamp water, these 5 springs are on the left side, like little inlets. I nearly died when I found this out, I'm use to clear water or mostly clear water down stream. My friend refused to kayak so I did it but hated the experience. Loud music all the way down that part too. Less than 1/2 way I was like I'm done here totally, my friend was like Ok me too. 1 hour Packed up left, 2 miles down is Gilchrist Blue Springs, we went there 6$ to get into. We meet a couple others that left too that had kids. It was Quiet, beautiful, peaceful, and clean. Rent a kayak there and adventure out the trail head and enjoy the springs that way. Don't ever have to deal with Ginnie again. Poe Spring is 2 miles from there. Even better 16 miles is Ichetucknee Springs 6$ one of the BEST! I will never ever go to Ginnie again or support that behavior/management. I feel bad for the Environment and Ecosystem there, just trashed by trashy people. That's all I have, I don't see how other respectable people could stay longer and deal with that disrespectfulness.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Julie T wrote a review Oct 15
33 contributions9 helpful votes
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It was our first time paddling any Florida waterway and the scene here was far from what I expected even after reading reviews. 1. We loved our campsite. #36 It was super close to very clean bathhouse, a bit tricky to back our rig into, but thankfully 35 wasn’t rented the entire time of our stay so the site felt really big. It’s also right next to a trail that takes you to a boat ramp. 2. Upon arrival some young neighbors were partying down, so I could have done two things, gotten irritated or open up a Truly, my beverage choice, and soak it all in. 3. I am a people watcher and my golly there is people watching to do for sure. We didn’t rent tubes and do the tube run as we brought our paddle boards. We would never visit Ginnie during peak season, but a Sunday- Wednesday in mid October was spot on. There was plenty of parking so we parked at one of the springs down from the main ginnie springs entrance (twin spring) and paddled up stream, all the way to gilchrist state park. The water is there was amazing, then we drank our trulys and floated back visiting all the springs at Ginnie, it was wonderful. And then we didn’t have to walk back to camp. Loaded up our boards and took a quick 1 minute drive back to camp. Were people being loud and obnoxious? Yes a few. Were people blaring music? Yup. But thankfully it was just during the day. If you like to have a little fun and be in the party scene, do it. If you are looking for a very quiet adventure. This isn’t it! We loved Ginnie Springs and will be back.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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BeReal wrote a review Oct 11
2 contributions2 helpful votes
Couldn’t listen to our music during the day or at night with others over powering... We planned to stay 2 nights and stayed one. The five of us couldn’t sleep. We even moved to a different campsite the following morning and the people next to us let us know we would have the same experience by blasting music so loud you think that you were at a nightclub. That may sound fun but on top of that imagine people driving by your campsite on rotation all through the night and morning shouting, blinking lights, various types of music blaring depending on who was making their round. You want have the consideration to listen to your own music unless you want to be louder and that’s not ideal. You’re semi-quiet moments will be if you stay at your campsite while everyone else enjoys the springs. Still people will walk by with speakers so large they have to tote them around on crates with wheels. I love music I just couldn’t relax. It was over stimulating and cost $30 per person per night, Im surprised at the cost increase since the other reviewers are saying $20. After a sleepless night, moving our things to another site hoping for the best, we found we could not escape it unless we left. So we did. I may go again but with a Rx sleeping pill 🤷🏻‍♀️.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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gksbas wrote a review Oct 11
Murfreesboro, Tennessee27 contributions3 helpful votes
Water is cold and beautiful in the springs. The Santa Fe river was that connects the springs was a little dark and scary but fine. Next time we will bring a BIG float or rent paddle boards. We had a great time.
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