This is actually the opposite end of the spectrum that I usually focus on here, but with all the running comes some relaxation too. 😉
Florida is known our white sandy beaches, hot temperatures, and crazy amounts of sunshine, but there is another part of Florida people aren’t too familiar with – the spring fed rivers. A small group of friends and I headed north to have a lazy day on the river. It is a bit further than just going to the beach, but it is well worth it. The water is always 72 degrees, which is the most refreshing place to be on a hot day. We rented our tubes, hopped on the shuttle, and had a nice float down the river. The trip took us a little over two hours, which tends to be the perfect amount of time to be stuck on a raft.
Rainbow River actually has a couple of locations to visit – one more for swimming, and the other for the tube launch. The great thing is when you pay for entrance into the tube launch, you also get entry into the swimming part of the river, called the Headsprings. After we tubed and ate some lunch, we went to enjoy a little more time on the river.
Going to Rainbow River is such a different feeling of Florida than any sandy beach. It is so relaxing to be in such a nature filled spot. Not to mention, the people watching is pretty fantastic too! We ended up seeing someone with a tattoo of the entire Harry Potter cast tattooed on her leg, from hip to knee. It was quite the canvas!
If you don’t feel like swimming, there is a nice grassy field to lay down and just sunbathe on, along with picnic tables, a public restroom, gift shop, and snack stand. There isn’t alcohol allowed since it is a state park, so be sure not to bring it. Coolers are allowed with anything else you may need, so you can make a day out of it pretty easily!
As for the headsprings, they actually will not allow any rafts or tubes, so be sure to bring a pool noodle with you! We ended up going to buy them at the gift shop since the water is so deep, and it really is pretty exhausting to tread water for that long! They were only $3, so nothing too crazy, but it would have been nice to think ahead and already had them in tow.
With no real running schedule right now, my weekends are for more open and relaxing than they have been in years, so I am taking full advantage! I highly recommend going to Rainbow River for the day if you are looking for ways to catch some rays without the sand and saltwater!
Do you stick to the beach when you are in Florida, or do you like to enjoy spots like these? Ever been to Rainbow River?
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