The Homestead Crater

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Jsberry818
Elizabeth City, NC20 contributions
Couples
Not the best hot spring we’ve visited. This is more of the tourist trap get in get out so we can run the next profit batch inside!! Your not allowed in a minute earlier than the time you paid for. After 45 minutes they promptly tell you to get the hell out of the water and change your clothes and leave. You are required to wear a life jacket entire time so no reason to bring snorkel and mask because you can’t really see anything floating at the top. Their definitely making a killing of this side show attraction recommend visiting other springs in the area!!
Written May 11, 2022
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MMJ
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Dani Peck is hands-down the best scuba diving instructor we've encountered in over 25 years of diving. She's kind, patient, knowledgable, fun, professional, efficient and safe. We recommend her for all age groups and genders. Our teenage daughters completed their open water dives for their PADI certifications with her last week at Homestead Crater. The girls were very nervous but Dani made them feel safe and comfortable from start to finish. She made it feel like an exciting educational experience instead of checking off boxes. She's exceptional all around. The girls were also incredibly fortunate they had her one-on-one both days, but they also had the entire crater to themselves on the second day just by chance as well because nothing else was scheduled. Dani as an instructor would have been the best experience we could ask for, but the cherry on top was training in the warm, serene, unique crater.
Written March 28, 2022
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Susan P
8 contributions
Nice warm water in a cool crater. A limited number of people are allowed in at a time, so buy your tickets in advance. Life jackets are provided and required. The tunnel in to the desk, and down to the water are cement and can be wet and slippery, so water shoes are a good idea if you have them. Bring your own towel!
The attendant was friendly and took pictures for several groups, so you can leave your camera with her/him.
There are small changing booths and small lockers with provided locks. Also shelves closer to the water for shoes and towels.
You can’t really swim laps, but they do offer snorkels and scuba experiences. Soaking with friends in this giant pool was an enjoyable way to spend an hour on a cold afternoon.
Written October 29, 2020
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Krista Jessen-Kiewicz
6 contributions
I initially emailed as instructed by their voicemail to request a reservation for 6pm, I was given several time slots and was told to call back and reserve to pay upfront. I called several times that day and only got their recording. I sent another email stating that I had called several times, and was told it was too late that date to reserve and to call back the next day. I did this, again, 8 times received voicemail every time (I did leave a message with no call back), so I emailed again, only to receive an email back that all time slots but one was filled. If you going to instruct people to call and reserve ANSWER THE PHONE.
Written November 2, 2021
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Amanda
Phoenix, AZ4 contributions
Family
You definitely need reservations and tickets sell out well in advance in the summer!!

We took two kids (ages 10 and 14) with us to experience the crater. We were taken it at our scheduled time with a few other groups, maybe about 12 people total including us. There are lockers to put your stuff in, or shelves to put your clothes.

The water is warm (94 degrees Fahrenheit) and you can see at least 4-5 feet down. Further when there are not divers present. (In addition to the 12 people at our time slot, there were another 5-10 who were doing scuba lessons). You are required to wear the life vests they provide the whole time.

Even with the number of people there, we didn’t feel crowded. There was plenty of space and groups congregated together so you could always find a secluded place to hang out in the water. A lot of people just laid back and floated. Some help onto the wall so they didn’t float away. We had a fun time just swimming around and taking pictures.

The amount of time (about 45 minutes) was perfect. After we exited, we went up the staircase to the top of the crater and walked across the bridge so we could look down into it. It’s pretty cool, definitely recommend taking the time to do that as well!

John was our guide inside the crater and was super helpful and answered all of our questions about how it was formed, where the water comes from and goes, scuba diving in the crater, etc. He was super nice and we appreciated his guidance and info!
Written May 30, 2021
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Colin H
Whitefish Bay, WI1 contribution
Went to Scuba Dive for $22/person as advertised. Was told that was only for CERTIFIED divers. In order to scuba dive as a non certified person it is $150/person. Completely unacceptable that this is not advertised. In fact I would say that is FALSE advertising. I will not recommend anyplace that can not advertise their prices. 100% do not recommend.
Written April 6, 2022
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Megan K
2 contributions
Friends
This place falsely advertise that they were taking certain precautions against the coronavirus but once we got there we realized that there was no one wearing a mask at the front desk, they were overcapacity and they lied to us about how many people would be joining us in the water. People were within 6 feet of each other and nothing was being sanitized. If you have a death wish, you should look into renting their snorkel equipment. On top of all of that, there was nothing super special about the place. I expected it to be in the middle of nature or on an eco preserve but it is surrounded by houses. They told use there would be max of 26 people but instead there were over 50 people in a small enclosed pool. When we entered the pool it was just us but then 40+ people were entering and blocking our entrance so we couldn’t leave. This is why America is having problems stopping this virus. Shame on you!
Written July 18, 2020
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FLLoco
Ormond Beach, FL74 contributions
This was a fun experience. They have changing rooms. You are given a life jacket to wear and we were able to just lay back and relax and enjoy the warm water. They limit the number of people they let in at a time so it wasn’t crowded at all. I was so relaxed afterwards! I would go again.
Written February 11, 2021
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Kbecjeans⛺
Salt Lake City, UT19,585 contributions
This was awesome. The water was warm on a cold January day, but not hot. We were asked to wear life jackets. This allowed me to lay back, close my eyes and float my cares away for an hour. It was marvelous.

The changing rooms are small but available. Also lockers are available. They also have shelves if you don't want a locker and hangers for coats.

They limit the number of people per session and so there was plenty of room to stay distanced.

This is definitely on the list to do again.
Written February 1, 2021
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Whitney Hall
4 contributions
Couples
We went for the first time today and it was such a cool experience! Warm water, snorkeling and swimming. Jon at the front desk was very thorough with his instructions. He was able to take the negativity of one man refusing to wear his life jacket and turn it into a positive experience for us all still. Would HIGHLY recommend!
Written November 22, 2020
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