Rapids Water Park.
6566 N. Military Trail
Riviera Beach, FL 33407
Widely known as South Florida’s largest water park, Rapids has become a local travel destination. The park offers a wide variety of water activities, particularly tubing and rafting, for any level of fun you want to have. For big thrill seekers, you can ride the Big Thunder or Riptide Raftin’, two rides that are fast and furious, giving you an exhilarating ride on a water tube or raft. Tubin’ Tornadoes and Big Red are a little less intense, but will get your adrenaline pumping nonetheless. If you’re looking to just kick back and relax, the Lazy River is an excellent choice. A large inner tube allows you to float aimlessly down the winding river at the park; all you have to do is let the water take you where it will.
Sun Splash Family Waterpark
400 Santa Barbara Blvd.
Cape Coral, FL 33991
This family-friendly water park is a multi-faceted, fun-filled aquatic experience just 2.5 hours west of Miami. A number of water rides at the Cape Coral water park use single- or double-person inflated tubes. Take the Main Stream River Tube Ride. Similar to the popular Lazy River, it’s a 1/4-mile river inside the park that meanders around the property with calming water currents that float tubers around. For a more high-impact experience, the 30-foot-high platform of the Cape Fear ride shoots riders in inflated tubes through a darkened tunnel, stretching 215 feet in length.
Entry point: Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
Loxahatchee River carries a special distinction as the state’s first federally designated Wild and Scenic River. It’s no wonder why this river is so popular for water activities like tubing, fishing and boating. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is an excellent option to use as an entry point to the river because it runs through the park. There are also boat ramps available to accommodate boaters, so tubing can be done very easily with the open access to the river. Tubers can also use the Loxahatchee to get to the Intracoastal Waterway or the Atlantic Ocean. On your tubing adventure, you can take in the natural beauty of the cypress tress and mangroves that line parts of the river.
1275 N.E. 79th St.
Miami, FL 33138
Located right at the beginning of the 79th Street/John F. Kennedy Causeway, Pelican Harbor Marina is one of Miami’s most popular spots for boaters. Its central in-city location gives you great access to go tubing along Biscayne Bay; there’s also convenient access to the Atlantic Ocean via Haulover Inlet to the north and Government Cut to the south. Biscayne Bay is a noticably wide body of water, leaving plenty of space for boaters and tubers to rip the waves. Boat ramps are open 24 hours, which leaves the opportunity open for a tubing adventure at sunrise, an afternoon of ripping the water in the blazing midday heat or a for some tubing fun right before sundown.
Key West Bight Marina
201 William St.
Key West, FL 33040
With access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, tubers can get in some ocean fun. In a city known for its prime coastal location and in big demand by small craft boats and cruise ships alike, Key West’s Bight Marina is the most popular spot for water sports enthusiasts looking for a great location to enter the water. In addition to water tubing, you can find opportunities for parasailing, diving and kayaking. Once you’ve had your fun on your water tube, you can get cleaned up at the marina’s onsite bath, shower and laundry facilities.
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