A Day Out to Rock Springs Tube Rafting - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Fancy a day off from the theme parks or maybe just something that is relaxing that the whole family can take part in. This 248-acre Orange County park is built around one of the Apopka area’s crystal clear springs. As its name suggests, Rock Springs bubbles up from a cleft in a rock outcropping and, instead of spreading out into a pool, becomes a swiftly running stream that quickly slows to a meander. The activity of choice here, and the major reason for the park’s obvious popularity, is riding down the stream in an inner tube or on a float.
Kids, and Grown-ups alike have great fun; they jump into the headwaters by the dozens and bob and splash their way downstream for about a mile. The trip takes about 25 minutes at a leisurely float.
There are exits from the river along the way and an excellently maintained network of boardwalks (with flooring designed to protect the barefooted) let you carry your tube back to the beginning for another go. You can also go down without a tube but for most adults at least, the stream is too shallow for swimming during most of its course.
Towards the middle of the tubing course, the stream changes into a series of lagoons and pools that form the centrepiece of the park. This is the place to come for a cooling, if somewhat crowded, swim. Or join the sunbathers thronging the shores and islands. This is a great park for kids and, if you don’t have any, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by other people’s.
Tubes are not available in the park, so unless you take your own, stop at one of the tube rental shops near the park entrance. The cost is modest, about $3 for a day’s rental.
The rest of the park is given over to nicely shaded picnic tables, most with a barbecue nearby. The park also offers camping sites ( $15). Your admission receipt lets you leave the park and return the same day. No pets are allowed in the park, and there’s no fishing either. Credits: Orange County Parks & Recreation
Kelly Park, Rock Springs
Kelly Park Drive, Apopka
Admission: Adults and children $1, children under 5 are free.
Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in summer; 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in winter
Location: To get there take I-4 in Orlando to State Road 434 make a right on Wekiwa Springs Rd. Follow it down and its on the right side.
Just go past Wekiwa and at the light make a right follow the road make another right and your there its about 5 miles. There are several stores near by if you forget something.
Take Rock Springs Road north from Apopka, then right onto Kelly Park Road and follow
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