Best Rafting Spots in Florida 2021!
Summer in Florida is best spent floating on an inner tube. Dip your toes in the crystal-clear water at a natural spring or an alluring state park and take in your lush surroundings, as going on a tubing adventure is one of the most leisurely ways to take in Florida’s natural beauty. A scenic way to beat the heat, read on to discover the best places to go tubing in Florida.
Blue Spring State Park, Orange City
Formerly Blue Springs, not to be confused with Blue Spring State Park, Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park is nestled in a quiet rural area just four miles west of High Springs. Here you’ll find 250 acres with year-round 72-degree water. A perfect place to cool off, bring or rent a tube and spend an afternoon floating in the spring under the shade of majestic oak trees that surround the park. Ideal for families, there are open-air pavilions and a concession stand serving drinks and snacks for when you work up an appetite.
Madison Blue Spring State Park, Lee
One of Florida’s newest state parks, Madison Blue Spring State Park sits between Jacksonville and Tallahassee. Home to a first magnitude spring, an 82 foot wide and 25-foot deep spring bubbles up into a limestone basin along the west bank of the Withlacoochee River. A picturesque setting that was made for a day of tubing, you can bring your own inflatables and tubes in the spring or purchase a float from a local vendor in the park. Open on weekends from May to September, bring the entire family here to picnic, paddle, and go wildlife viewing.
Ginnie Springs, High Springs
A long-time favorite spot for locals, Ginnie Springs allows you to float down the Santa Fe River for an hour. Located in High Springs just outside of Gainesville, most people enter the water at the Devil’s Spring with a tube or float and spend the afternoon lazily floating in the tranquil waters. When exiting at Twin Spring, the walk back to springs only takes about 15 minutes on the tubing trail. Do not worry if your float is a little low on air, as there are free air stations conveniently available in the park.
Spring Creek, Marianna
Looking for a scenic, easy day of paddling along a spring-fed creek? Head over to Marianna in Jackson County and enjoy the clear waters of Spring Creek. This beautiful, sandy bottom creek winds its way from Merritt’s Mill Pond to where it opens out to the Chipola River. The headwaters are Blue Springs in Merritt’s Mill Pond, with the water flow controlled by a dam.
Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park, Apopka
This is a little piece of heaven, this Kelly Park where the Rock Springs bubble up from underground rivers at the breathtaking rate of 26,000 gallons a minute, feeding a string of swimming holes with crystal clear water at a constant temperature of 68 degrees.
Just downstream, a freshly replenished creek spills down a shallow run that is popular in summer with tubers and waders.
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