This place "is what it is". Its a large sinkhole filled with water, so, a lake, that you can swim in. The price is a little steep, I paid $15.00 for as a discounted rate (it $20.00 is you are not local), $8.00 for kids. If your kids are under 10 they are restricted to a small part of the lake. It is meant to be low key and relaxing, they pipe "new-agey" type music outside and its mostly old people (there was a line of walkers left by the ramps, lol), so if you have very young kids I would probably go find a water park instead.
With that said, my 10 year old and i had a great day there. We floated around the lake, then swam out into the 240' drop off in the center. Then floated around the circle for a while, then swam out to the center again. It is 4-5 feet deep around the edges of the lake where most people float in circles. And then you can go under the swim rope to the insanely deep circle in the center. It looks black so you can't see the bottom. You can google aerial photos of the sinkhole and it will give you the best idea. The lake is about 250' across so its not very big.
We went at the end of November. The air was a little chilly, but still ok.
The onsite restaurant serves only "health food" which usually isn't my thing, but it was DELICIOUS, and reasonably priced. I would go back just to eat lunch there. It was called Cafe Evergreen.
They offer free yoga classes outside and there is a full spa on site but I didn't try those.
My daughter and I wanted to go back the next day, but the admission price was too high for twice in one weekend. I'm sure we will go back eventually. We kept giggling at the older people passing us in the circle asking each other, "is the fountain of youth working on them yet?" We decided that unless they were 300+ years old it wasn't.
Sorry if giggling at older people is offensive to anyone, but my daughter is 10 and at that age old people are still funny. (and you don't think you will ever be one). It was just a light hearted, calm day.
The locker rooms were very clean. There was an employee in there always, cleaning constantly. There were a lot of "streakers" in the locker room, mostly european, which my daughter didn't like. Bathing suits are required but I got the feeling a lot of people would like this place to be clothing-optional with the natural-type and european vibe. I doubt that will happen since the county now owns the property, though a lifeguard told me that they close it sometimes to private parties that rent the facility for clothing optional times. Don't know how you would find out about those parties if you are into that--but I'm just saying FYI. I'm happy leaving my bathing suit on so I didn't ask details!
Its nothing overwhelming, but if you are just "go with the flow" and don't have high expectations, you can have a very relaxing peaceful day. I felt a sense of inner peace when I left and slept great that night. I would avoid busy times, but I don't know what the busy times are. As I said, we went at the end of November and it was quiet.
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