Field Trip: The Devil’s Den

Devils denThe Devil’s Den is magical and definitely worth a visit.  In Mexico they are called “cenotes” and are a popular tourist attraction.  I recently learned that we have our own cenotes here in Florida.  In essence they are large sink holes that expose the underground water.  The light shining through a small hole at the top creates a magical ambiance of bright blue water surrounded by limestone.   The Devil’s Den is very deep.  To add to the magic you watch as people scuba dive below you.  Here are some things to know if you plan to visit the Devil’s Den. First, you are required to use a mask, fin, and snorkel.  They rent these items out on sight but it is first come first serve so there is no guarantee they will have these items.  The water is chilly. My kids were fine with just their bathing suits.  With that said if you have a child prone to “blue lips” in cold water a wet suit would be a good idea.  Admission to the Devil’s Den is twenty dollars (they take credit card).  Williston is a short ride from Gainesville which also has many great attractions for kids and could easily be done together. Here are links to my posts on fun things to do in Gainesville here, here, and here.

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