For summer fun, it's hard to beat a tube trip. At Rainbow Springs State Park, you can take a lazy float down the Rainbow River that lasts a little less than two hours, and you don't even have to bring your own tube! Just show up ready to hit the river and let the park take care of the rest.
We are getting super close to the end of tubing season, but there's still time to take a trip. The tubing entrance isn't at the main headsprings entrance to Rainbow Springs State Park, it has it's own entry point and parking area. From Hwy 41 in Dunnellon, take CR 484 to SW 180th Avenue Road. There isn't a sign there, but turn at the traffic light and the tubing entrance is down the road about a mile or so. You'll see the Rainbow Springs State Park tubing entrance sign. Here it is on a Google map: http://bit.ly/ox1Tkp
Oh, another thing – go early. The park will close when it reaches capacity and you'll have to wait until people start leaving until you can enter. On this trip, the park was full and we waited about 30 minutes or so until we could get in.
Once inside the park, you'll pay the tube rental fee and take a short tram ride out to the river. It's that simple! At the end of the float, you'll see the exit point on the left hand side of the river, and you'll walk back to the main building where you got on the tram.
Friends, if you haven't been on a tube trip yet, don't let it pass you by! For more information on Rainbow Springs State Park, visit www.floridastateparks.org/rainbowsprings. Also, you can read up on a couple of other good floats in my Top-Notch Tube Trips article. Have fun!