Tubing on the Rainbow River

We were driving to church yesterday and brainstorming about what we wanted to do today, Monday Labor Day, and I had the thought, “Hey! Let’s go tubing!”  Andy thought that it was a great idea so a little before 8am this morning we loaded up in the car and headed north to Rainbow River in Dunellon, FL.

The drive took a little longer than an hour and a half.  We decided to go to Rainbow Springs State Park located at 10830 S. W. 180th Avenue Road Dunnellon, Florida 34432.  It was $10 per person and that included the tube and the tram ride.  The water was 72 degrees and the float trip was around 2 hours.

 

We weren’t even on the river for 15 minutes before we spotted an otter playing off to the side.  The kids saw lots of birds, fish, and Davy said he even saw a turtle.  What both boys loved the most were the dragonflies.  They were all over us and landed on our tubes, feet, arms, everywhere.  Along the way there were rope swings, tree jumping, and the water spray.

 

After we were done tubing, we drove the 7 miles over to the original State Park, Headsprings and had a picnic lunch.  At the base of the park grounds there was a large swimming hole.  It was crystal blue-green and the boys had a great time jumping into the river.  All in all today was a perfect day.  We are looking forward to heading back sometime soon… 🙂

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