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Best Places to go Tubing in Orlando & Surrounding Areas

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Is there anything more relaxing than floating down a river? Tubing is the perfect activity to cool down in a hot weather and make the most of getting outdoors with kids and Orlando has several natural springs nearby for a fun filled day trip. So if are looking for a natural lazy river in Orlando, how about trying these six places to try spring tubing near Orlando and cool off?

While there are a lot of places to go tubing in other cities and locations, in this guide we focus on tubing in Orlando and surrounding areas only.

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1. Wekiva Island

Distance from Orlando: 30 minutes/ 1014 Miami Springs Drive, Longwood, FL 32779

Wekiva Island is a whole day of fun. From tubing to canoeing or kayaking, there is some sort of water activity for everyone looking for tubing in Fl region. If you wish, you can rent a cabana or a canoe. Later, enjoy a picnic or a drink on the dock and relax!

Take a break from snow tubing and mountains viewing as an outdoor adventures and escape to the tubing paradise in Orlando, Florida, where the sun kisses your skin and adventure awaits. Whether you’re seeking the thrill of tubing, the serenity of canoeing, or the exploration of kayaking, this tubing haven has it all. With options to rent cabanas or canoes, indulge in a day filled with amusement and entertainment. With a list of things to see in the nature and enjoy, relax on the dock, sipping drinks, enjoying a picnic, and taking in scenic views. There are shops on site with something for everyone on the menu and mini bars. Orlando’s tubing spot offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and the good life, with plenty of events to make your day memorable. Don’t forget your sunscreen for an unforgettable day in this vibrant town.

This tubing spot is open from 8am till late and $5 per person gets you in during peak time. Get there early

rock springs run
Rock Springs Run

2. Rock Springs Run at Kelly Park

Distance from Orlando: 35 minutes /400 E. Kelly Park Road, Apopka, 407-254-1902

Rock Springs Run  is a great spot for tubing near Orlando and an easy day trip. The tubing run lasts about 30 minutes and is a popular place with full-service concession, picnic pavilions and playground. Tube rentals are available from vendors outside the park; guests may bring their own pool noodles or floats, which must be less than five feet in length or width. The waterfront closes one hour prior to park closing.

You can also camp on site or go on a hike they do have clean restrooms and a concession stand offered inside of the park. Swimming in the mini beach area with aqua blue waters and kayaking with the fish and even the alligators is an exciting adventure for the whole family.

Admission costs are $3 per vehicle for 1-2 people; $5 per vehicle for 3-8 people; and $1 for additional person/walk-ins/motorcycles/bikes as of 2023, they are open from 8am-6pm

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Blue Spring State Park

3. Blue Spring State Park

Distance from Orlando: 50 minutes/ 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City, 386-775-3663

If you are looking for easy tours, short Florida tubing rivers over the summer months , then Blue Spring State Park may suit your needs. The ride is short but in crystal clear waters which lead to the main swimming area.

Swimming and tubing are two of the park’s most popular things to do in Orlando during the summer months. Visitors can take their own gear, or rent tubes, mask & snorkel and fins.

Do note that during the winter months, Blue Springs is a designated manatee refuge when swimming and water activities are not permitted. So its a great destination during warmer atmosphere.

The park is open from 8am till 5h45 pm, and $6 per car gets you in(2-8 people in a car). $4 if you are alone in the car while pedestrians and extra passengers pay $2 per person.

4. KP Hole and the Rainbow River

Distance from Orlando: 1.5 hours / 9435 SW 190th Ave., Dunnellon, 352-489-3055

If you are looking for the ultimate long ‘lazy river’ and full day tubing, then KP Hole and the Rainbow River takes about 4 hours, so is best suited for older kids and teens, this has to be amongst one of the longest natural lazy rivers in the country. Note you cannot tube at Rainbow River headsprings.

You have an option to enter the State Park along the river. However, you will need to pay the required entrance fee. There is a place to tie off your kayak if you choose to explore by land.

Side notes: Arrive early on weekends and holidays because this place can easily reach full capacity. People on vacation, locals and travelers are all rushing there earliest with their tubes, boats and kayak to explore the beauty of this theme park. I shared our experience at Rainbow Spring state park in detail, it will help you prepare yourself for a fun filled day with the little ones.

There are a few things that are prohibited on the river, alcohol, disposable containers such as plastic bottles and cans, breakable plastic utensils and paper napkins are also prohibited. All food must be in reusable containers. There are cooler checks at the park before you get out on the river.

This Tubing spot opens 8am till 8pm and prices are as follows
Per park user & paddle craft vessels per day $7
Per diver $20
Per motorized vessel $20
Tubing package (per person); includes entry fee, tube rental, & return shuttle service $30
Group tubing package of four or more people (per person); includes entry fee, tube rental, & return shuttle service $25

Ginnie Springs
Ginnie Springs

5. Ginnie Springs

Distance from Orlando: two hours/ 5000 NE 60th Ave., High Springs, 386-454-7188

From innertubes, to kayaks, to paddleboards and canoes there’s many ways to experience Ginny Springs. The seven crystal clear springs are 72 degrees year round. For tubing, enter the water at the Beaver’s Landing river access point and spend a relaxing hour floating down the river to the Tube Exit at Twin Spring.

Getting back to your car is easy and only takes 15 minutes from the exit here at Twin Spring. Just follow the Tube Trail which leads you to the Ginnie Spring parking lot.

If you have forgotten your tube, then worry not, tube rentals are available at the Ginnie Springs General Store. There is also a free air fill station for tubes and rafts if you choose to bring your own.

They are open from 8am and closing times varies. Admission fees are $15 to $20 per adult and $5 per child aged 5-12 and kids aged 4 years old and under get free entrance.

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Ichetucknee Springs State Park

6. Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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

As Florida tubing rivers go, there are several tubing options at Ichetucknee Springs State Park which start in different areas (depending on the season) and have various lengths. Dampier’s Landing, is the shortest, a 45-minute float. The longest is by North entrance, (open during the summer season only) which last about 3.5 hours. Tube rentals ranging from $8 to $30 and tram service available at the general store.

Ichetucknee Springs State Park opens 8am till 6pm. It will cost you $6 per vehicle 2-8 people per vehicle and $4 Single Occupant Vehicle.

Which places do you recommend as the best springs in Florida for tubing?

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