You might think that spring and summer are the only good seasons for tubing Kelly Park, but after a recent visit in late October, I’d disagree.
Home of Rock Springs, a natural spring with 26,000 gallons of fresh water pumped out each minute, Kelly Park is jammed in the summer. In fact, it’s usually at capacity by 10am on weekends.
And for good reason.
This is a wonderful state park, located an easy, 25-minute drive from Orlando. Inside you’ll not only find the famed waters, where giddy tubers float along in the gentle current, but you’ll also find miles of well-maintained hiking trails, picnic spots and open grills. And admission is just $3 for couples!
But you’re thinking it’s too cold? Nonsense. The water in Rock Springs is always 68 degrees, regardless of the air temperatures. So, when the afternoon temperatures in October, November, even December, reach the high 70s to mid 80s (which they often do), the water actually feels fantastic. Not cold at all!
Besides, if you spend the morning working up a good sweat on the hiking trails, the spring will be a perfect way to cool down. So, whether you're tubing Kelly Park or heading out on its trails, this is an ideal spot for an outdoor day date that's awfully easy on the wallet.
Kelly Park is located in Northwest Orange County. From 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) in Apopka travel North on Park Avenue (Rock Springs Road) 6 miles to Kelly Park Road. Turn right on Kelly Park Road, curve to the left and entrance is on the right.
400 East Kelly Park Rd.
Apopka, Florida 32712
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What a cool spot! Large beautiful park with pavilions for parties, concession stand, bathrooms, playground and hiking trails. All this in addition to the best part, tubing in the springs.
We bought tubes at a walmart about 15 miles away as that was cheaper than renting. Even in March it was packed on a Saturday. By the time we left they had closed it for the day based on capacity so go early.
It’s an easy walk to the beginning of the springs and then you float down to the end. You can walk back up on a trail or walk back part way in the water and do it all again.
There are grassy areas to leave your towels and such while you float. Excellent day, so glad we went