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“Close-by, but bring your own tube”
Review of Kelly Park

Kelly Park
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Apopka
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Owner description: Camp among deer and otter after you tube the river.
Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
256 reviews
159 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Close-by, but bring your own tube”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

The springs of Florida are pretty close to as awesome as it gets. There are only a few problems they have.

One is that you have to bring your own flotation device. This can be yourself, or it can be something external to yourself (tube, perhaps?). At Kelly Park, there are not one, but two places that rent tubes just down the road. The problem is that you have to rent the tubes before you get there. Don't forget to do so, because unlike other springs that are right next to the parking lot, once you get to the water, it's a bit of a pain to go back and do so.

Two is that since it's so close to population, it can get crowded. Other springs are not exactly far away, but they aren't that close either. Kelly Park is almost like a mall in the suburbs, in that it's where everyone goes to spend the afternoon, so it can be packed.

Three is that because it's not as secluded - in fact, there is a river connecting easily to the pool that forms the springs proper at the "park" - you might find yourself facing more wildlife than at other parks. Now most springs are not really cordoned off or anything. But due to the river, and due to the fact that some take this river to approach the springs, you could see yourself reflected in the gaze of a gator. Enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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Apopka, Florida
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419 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“Great hiking”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Living close to Kelly Park is great. We go to the park 2 or 3 times a week for hiking. Perfect trails and we use the trail that is 2 3/4 mi. So small hills make the hike moderate and we often will see a deer.

One of the stops is by the river and we have seen a few very large gators. You can take an inner tube ride from the spring down to the (beach) swimming area. No fear of gators because the hustle around the swimming keeps the gators away.

There is a cheap entrance fee. We pay $3 for 2 of us but a car load is $4. They have pavillions and charcoal grills so make it a picnic for sure or just go and relax.

Visited November 2013
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Coral Springs, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun place for anyone =)”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

We went a couple of weeks ago and were concerned because it was almost noon.
Had read the reviews that said you had to get there early.
I called to make sure we would be able to get in and they said yes.
So we went, rented a tube down the street and were able to get in with no problems.
Loved it, was very clean, nice and relaxing.
The only complain I'd have is that they don't tell you were to park & the map doesn't help.
Therefore it took us a bit to figure out were to park to be close to the beginning.
Then we had to actually look for the starting area since the parking lot doesn't tell you.

That is the only reason I don't give it 5 stars.

Visited October 2013
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Scotland
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“a little jewel”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

not to be missed, a great day away from the parks for you and youre family to chill on the lazy river. rent a tube for $5 and pay $1.50 per person to enter.

Visited October 2013
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Wednesbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Kelly Park great place”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Had wonderful time clear spring water great to be refreshed on hot day, monday good day to
go much quieter. Recommended to any one who wants cheap day out in wonderful surrounding.

Visited September 2013
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