This summer, I took the most amazing trip to Ginnie Springs, one of the clearest springs in Florida! I have heard about this place all my life (being that I’ve lived in Florida since I was 4), but I unfortunately never made the trip out to High Springs, Florida. High Springs is about 30 minutes north of Gainesville and is only about 2 1/2 hours away from Tampa.
The Kappa Sigma gentleman of the University of South Florida invited me, my Delta Delta Delta sorority sisters, and a whole bunch of other people to this amazing trip this summer. My sister Erica, and some of my sorority sisters and I decided that this trip sounded like something we had to do. The “trip” there was half the fun, especially packing up the SUV full of four college girls plus all their camping necessities!
When we arrived at Ginnie Springs, we had to check-in. The cost is very small. We paid only $22 for the camping fee and $6 to rent an inner-tube until the next morning. We got to the campsite and decided to set up our tent right away. I borrowed a tent from a friend which, lucky for us, was big enough to fit two queen-sized beds… literally. Below is a picture of our apartment-sized tent!! (haha)
Visitors to Ginnie Springs Outdoors can enjoy camping (wilderness sites or sites with electricity), an overnight rental cottage, picnicking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving, river tubing and volleyball. During our stay there, we spent our time floating down the river in inner-tubes, swinging off the rope swings along the banks of the river, playing volleyball against other campers visiting, and grilling hot dogs and hamburgers (and s’mores, of course).
I highly recommend taking a weekend to visit the beautiful camping grounds of Ginnie Springs! I only stayed one night and I am already packing for my next trip!
Check out more details about Ginnie Springs on their website: ginniespringsoutdoors.com
**This post is my opinions and was not sponsored by Ginnie Springs.
Ashley Damschen/ CW44 Tampa Bay