Friday, June 24, 2016

10 ways to tube Florida's springs and rivers this summer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 1:53 PM

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1) Rock Spring’s Run at Kelly Spring 

400 E Kelly Park RD, Apopka, 407- 254-1902
Distance: About 35 minutes from Orlando

While its tubing run is one of the shortest on this list, coming in at three-quarters of a mile, Rock Spring’s Run at Kelly Park is not one to overlook. The 30-minute run might be the best choice for you if you’re looking for somewhere to do some swimming and tubing all in the same day. You can rent a tube from Ron’s for $3, but you’re also allowed to bring your own.

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2) Ichetucknee Springs State Park 

12087 SW U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, 386-497-4690
Distance: About 2 hours and 15 minutes from Orlando

Ichetucknee offers different tubing experiences depending on where you enter. If you start at the north entrance, which is only open during the summer season, you’ll be floating for a good 3.5 hours, whereas if you start at Dampier’s Landing, you’ll be able to go on a 45-minute float. If you’re more of a middle ground kind of person, Mid-Point Launch and its 1.5 hour trip downriver might be the way to go. You can rent your tube from Ichetucknee Tube Center, which has tubes starting at $5 for adults, or you can bring your own as long as it’s smaller than 5 feet in diameter.

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