Kelly Park, also referred to as Rock Springs Run, is favorite spot among locals and tourists, and overall one of the best parks in Orlando. This free-flowing, warm natural spring consists of beautifully clear turquoise waters in a swiftly moving creek. At a comfortable 68 degrees all year long, the spring twists through nearby rocks and foliage, making it the perfect place to throw in an inner tube and travel leisurely along. The park is well known and maintained and features a full-service concession, a playground, and lots of picnic table pavilions. It’s also a great place to camp with lots of tent and RV spots along the park grounds.
If you’re planning a trip as a family or group of friends to the Orlando area and want to check out one of Orlando’s nature parks, be advised that the summer months are particularly busy, especially during the weekends and the park closes once maximum capacity has been reached, so it’s always a good idea to arrive early.
Activities in Kelly Park, aside from tubing down the natural spring creek, include snorkeling, wildlife viewing, hiking, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, picnicking, camping and playing at the playground. Guests are welcome to bring their own tubes to use for floating down the creek or rent a tube from one of the private outfitters which are conveniently located just outside the park. There is a small entrance fee to enter the park. Dogs are not allowed, with the exception of service animals. The park can be found at:
400 E Kelly Park Road
Apopka, FL 32712
Hours in the summer are from 8AM – 8PM, and hours in the winter are from 8AM – 6PM. Park admission fee is $3 per vehicle up to 2 people, or $5 per vehicle up to 8 people with an additional $1 per person.