With summer quickly approaching, believe us when we say that Florida's best swimming spots go far beyond the miles of beautiful beaches. Many would agree that one of the most fun ways to cool down and get your feet wet this summer is by diving into the state's gorgeous springs, like that at Rainbow River.
Located about 90 minutes northwest of Orlando, known for its crystal-clear water, lush vegetation, and abundant wildlife is Rainbow River Springs State Park.
Visitors to the park can enjoy the day swimming in the headspring, but an even more popular activity offered by the park is tubing--a family-friendly activity that allows visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the river while floating along for hours down river in an inflatable tube. It is a great way to cool down in the summer because no matter how hot the temperature outside is, the water in the springs stay a constant 72 degrees year round!
What's more, the tubing trip usually takes about 2-3 hours, depending on the water current and how often visitors stop to swim or explore. Along the way, visitors can see fish, turtles, birds, and other wildlife, as well as the beautiful natural surroundings of the river.
Rainbow Springs State Park only offers tubing through part of the year from April to October. According to the state park's official website, starting on the first Saturday in April visitors will again be able to tube down this natural lazy river every weekend from 8a.m. to 3:30p.m and once Memorial Day comes around, the activity will be available daily during the same times.
Tubing at the park costs $22 per person plus a $2 park entrance fee and children must be over the age of five to participate.
The tuber entrance differs from the state park and is located at 10830 SW 180th Ave Rd, Dunnellon, FL 34432.
You can learn more about tubing at Rainbow River here.