Don't be fooled by the name "Devil's Den"-- the pre-historic underground spring is actually quite lovely. But how did this magical-looking place get such a sinister name? According to legend, early settlers to Florida saw steam rising from the rock formations around the perpetually warm spring, and they, assuming they had discovered a portal to the netherworld, christened it Devil's Den.
Unfortuntately, the pioneers weren't scuba-certified, so they couldn't fully explore all the cavern spring, which usually hovers around a toasty 72 degrees, has to offer. Nowadays, Devil's Den attracts divers from all over to swim amongst the stalactites and ancient fossil beds. Some of the more insane fossils found here include extinct Pleistocene animals and the bones of a man dating to around 75,000 B.C. Who knows what other hidden treasures await explorers willing to scuba into the crystal blue depths of the spring! -Roadtrippers
One of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den, an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil's Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C.
The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den.
You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder.
On a cold winter morning you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the chimney. Thus, the early settlers gave the name Devil's Den. Crystal clear water, year round 72 degree temperatures, ancient rock formations with stalactites, fossil beds, and much more. Devil's Den is truly a natural wonder. Bring the family and enjoy a day of fun and relaxation at Devil's Den. All divers must be Open Water certified, sign release, have proper training, and follow rules and regulations.
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“Florida's Pre-historic Underground Spring”
I've heard this place is an awesome experience - walking down the staircase and then slipping into the cold water. It is a great place to practice different basic underwater dive skills for the beginner. They have a few different platforms at varying depths that make it really easy to practice for those who might be a little more nervous to flood their masks (etc.) in the open water for the first time. Don't expect to dive to deep, but their are plenty of little pockets and swim throughs that give you the "feel" of cave diving (if you think you might be interested in getting into cave diving, it is a good place to try see what it kind of "feels like").
Bring a snorkel, mask and fins and you can swim too!
I went here and was really excited to try it. When I got to the office the girl basically sold me into not doing it lol. She said it was too cold, too expensive and too crowded. Ended up just walking around the grounds in the back where they have the horses.
I still want to go down one day, but I'll be back.
This place is amazing. At first it though it will be too deep and I'm not much of a diver but then it was a relief that it wasn't too deep as I expected. The gears are good conditioned. The staffs are very friendly and professional.
Sounds like an awesome place to visit
Amazing and beautiful. Right off the highway. It was beautiful and natural. I was snorkeling but as a snorkeler it was super cool to see the scuba divers and free diver down below. I don't know what views we missed but the ones we had were spectacular. Natural, beautiful, and great overall experience.
Went with my family so they could snorkel I am disabled and tried to sit on a bench while my family waited 3 hours to get in and they told I couldn't sit down that I had to stand in line with my family for 3 hours even tho I wasn't diving. I can't stand for 10 min. They have no sympathy for disabled people. They make you stand in line in the sun and won't let you in the park until 30 people come out and then let 30 people in. I don't recommend this place unless yup have all day to stand in line and get heat stroke
This is by far one of the best bucket list items you can accomplish in Florida! We were not dive certified so we just snorkeled the upper part of the cave system. This place will take your breath away. Metaphorically. And literally, because the water is very cold. But it is well worth it. If you are dive certified and cave diving certified this is a MUST DO! Do not pass up this opportunity!
Loved this place! Was beautiful, we had lots of fun even though the water was freezing. They had wet suits you could rent though
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Devil's Den Resort & Springs
- Mon - Thu: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sun, Fri, Sat: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Credit Cards Accepted
Not Wheelchair Accessible