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There’s no better or more relaxing way to experience Florida’s magical waterways than tubing! Floats, rafts and tubes are all very easy to use – simply lay back and float away!
The pure, spring-fed Rainbow River flows through Ocala/Marion County and is a perfect place to try tubing. Its smooth, slow current effortlessly pushes you downstream (at approximately 1 mile per hour), giving you plenty of time to enjoy the area’s breathtaking natural surroundings while viewing Florida’s colorful wildlife in the water and on the shore.
If you’re planning a tubing outing on the Rainbow River, pack towels, swimsuits and even goggles—they’re perfect for spotting fish and turtles hidden in the swaying eelgrass. Disposable containers are prohibited on the river and having them is a fine-able offense, so make sure to bring reusable containers for any food or drink. Sunscreen is another must-have item, as you may find yourself exposed to the sun for up to four hours. Sunglasses are highly recommended, too, due to the glare on the surface of the water. Children must be over the age of 5. You’ll also be asked to sign a safety waiver and release of liability agreement prior to renting and using tubes.
After tubing along the crystal clear waters of the Rainbow River, don’t be surprised if you want to try other aquatic adventures in Ocala/Marion County’s countless rivers and springs! Canoeing and kayaking are popular alternatives to tubing, and the county’s swimming and snorkeling spots are some of the best Florida has to offer.
*The Rainbow River - Tubing