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Situated in Rock Springs, this beautifully maintained park has an unusual natural attraction, tubing or floating down the natural spring rivers The park covers 248 stunning acres and could not be made any better
Crystal clear springs gush into a wonderful swimming area and then into fast running rivers that you can tube down. This is about one mile and takes up to half an hour; sooooo relaxing
You will need a flotation device of some sort or you can hire tubes from the concession about quarter of a mile from the entrance. The tubes cost $5 each to hire and be sure you return them before the concession closes(they hold your driving licence)we were only just in time! Of course if you have them, take your own
Apart from the very obvious benefits of the tubing, there is a wonderful picnic area with graet natural shade from the trees and several barbecues and a beach which the young ones were really enjoying with their buckets and spades
The park is beautifully kept with miles of boardwalk and 3 sinkholes (one of them is 70 feet)
If you can avoid it, do not go on weekends or holiday dates, it not only gets very crowded but they limit the numbers. We had the last entrance in last september on a saturday and since you have already rented the tyres it could be frustrationg to say the least, so if you must go at weekends, get there early
There are cafes and good toilets in the parks so you will be comfortable during your stay
The full address is 400 East Park Rd Apopka Florida 32712 if you need the phone number it is 407 889 4179 and the directions are as follows
Take the Rock Springs Rd to Apopka and then take a right into Kelly Park Rd; you can then follow their signs Entrance is a modest $1 per person with small children absolutelt free
Opening times are 8 am til 6 pm in the winter and 9 am til 7 pm in the summer Obviously you will enjoy it more if you go on a nice day, so check the weather channel on the tv in your villa
Nearby attractions are The Central zoological Gardens and Wekiwa State Park, so you may fit two things in one day (though if you are like us you will not be able to tear yourself away from Kelly Park
I do hope you try Kelly Park on your next visit to Florida; you will be as surprised and delighted as we were. . . . and yet another good reason to revisit your favourite state!
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Page added on: 24 March 2007
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