Kelly Park is known for its natural, “lazy river.” It is one of Florida’s most beautiful parks thanks to the crystal-clear water that meanders through lush tropical woods. The source of the spring is a rocky underwater cave where the 70°F water gushes out. Visitors can float along with the current while relaxing in an inner tube or on a small raft or simply swim with the current. At the top of the run, the water flows over a rocky area with several underwater alcoves and then, further down, it flows over soft, white sand. A big, open swimming area near the middle of the park is a perfect spot for little kids to splash and play. The river is shallow enough for adults to walk either thigh- or waist-deep. Water shoes are recommended. Kelly Park gets packed with people on the weekends during fall and spring, on holidays, and every day during the summer months. Expect heavy traffic during peak season and be aware that the park may reach capacity by mid-morning and latecomers will be turned away. Call the hotline, 407-254-1906, for entry availability. Inner tubes are available for rent just outside the property at the Rock Springs Bar and Grill. Prices for tube rentals are inexpensive and are good for all day. The Publix grocery store a few miles away on Rock Springs Road sells pool noodles and floats but they must be less than 5 feet in length or width. Rock Springs has some of the nicest campsites in the area, and campers can access the spring after the park closes. RV sites are also available.
Last modified: August 14th, 2018