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Tubing in the Rainbow River

The Rainbow River, aiming to dwarf Kelly Park, makes for a spacious 4-hour tubing run. Besides allowing food (see restrictions below), you can also bring your snorkeling gear, waterproof camera, and even your own tube. They get pretty popular in the summer and frequently sell out of tickets, but I was told that if we get there by 8:30, we'll be good.  Afterward, we can head to Rainbow Springs State Park and swim in the springs, hike, grill, or whatever else we're up for.

Bring a tube if you have it.  Although tubes rentals are cheap here ($3), they go quickly.  If it turns out you go tubeless, no worries.  We'll figure something out.

Addendum:  If you get lost or have trouble finding us, my cell is (407) 921-0775.


Consumables:

Bring food/water in nondisposable containers. This means sports bottles for water and tupperware for food. Over the course of the 4 hours, plus the ride back you WILL get hungry and thirsty.


Don't forget:

- $15, cash or credit. $5 for a tubing ticket, $7 for the shuttle back, and $2 for entrance to Rainbow Springs State Park.  Plus, money to go out and eat afterwards.
- Food and drink. No alcohol, but other than that, be as creative as you want.
- Sunscreen! This will be 4 hours of almost-direct sunlight, so you'll need it! We'll probably reapply about halfway through.
- Hat or visor if you have one.  Likewise, sunglasses.
- Tube, if you have it
- Noodle, if you have it.  The springhead we'll be swimming at afterwards doesn't allow innertubes.
- Snorkeling gear if you have it
- Waterproof camera if you have one

Carpoolers go HERE to coordinate.

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  • Shawn L.

    I had a great time with everybody! Everyone was so welcoming to the group. I will totally go on many more trips with this group. If ANYBODY wants to contact me, call me or text. [masked]

    1 · July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a wonderful group of people!

    3 · July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In line boy its a long line

    July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks

      July 20, 2013

  • Regular M.

    Running 5 min late

    July 20, 2013

  • Regular M.

    Running 5 min late

    July 20, 2013

  • Regular M.

    Just saw the comments about the weather. If we get rained out, we'll come up with a good plan B to wait it out. It's Florida, and mother nature tends to have mood swings from one minute to the next.

    July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys. . Lesson learned at itch with the weather. I am gonna miss this one. Prove me wrong and have a great though day out there!

    July 20, 2013

  • Dan

    Weather: if anything, the hourly forecast has improved since yesterday. Intellicast is still reporting 20-30% during our tubing time, and Weather Channel is reporting cloudy with 0% chance through 12pm, then 30%. Both services increased the rain coverage/chance for 4pm (to 50%). Meetup buried my post from last night, but here are links to the hourly forecasts.
    http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Hourly.aspx?location=USFL0120
    http://www.weather.com/weather/hourbyhour/graph/Dunnellon+FL+USFL0120:1:US

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just throwing out a hail-mary for a carpool spot. I am new to the group and this would be my first activity, so I completely understand if people aren't comfortable schlepping me along, but just in case anyone has a spot left in their carpool leaving anywhere in orlando and they don't mind taking me, please let me know.

    July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i will never bail!! I will be there 6:15 for sure

      July 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      and thanks again! I wouldn't have been able to go without your help

      July 20, 2013

  • Heather R.

    I just joined the group but would be willing to carpool (drive) from the downtown area. For some reason the google docs won't work with my phone. I can take 3 people- just let me know!

    July 18, 2013

    • Heather R.

      Sounds great! I will definitely be getting coffee while I'm there so ill probably be there around 6:15. I drive a black jeep compass with a Tampa Bay Bucs tag. Will that work for you Kerri?

      July 19, 2013

    • Heather R.

      If anyone can't make it or something- my can text me[masked]-1797. Otherwise see you at Starbucks!

      July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everybody. Check out the weather in the area. Thunderstorms! Be careful if you still decide to go

    July 19, 2013

    • Heather R.

      Are you still going? we're meeting at Starbucks at 6:30 if so

      July 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still in

      July 19, 2013

  • Dan

    The Saturday forecast is still good. Most of FL is looking at 30-40% rain coverage for the next week (AKA normal summer weather). Saturday's hourly forecasts are 20% in the morning, 30% starting at 10am, and 40% starting at 4pm. So, we'll be in the 20-30% range throughout our entire tubing run, which is fair for a summer day in central FL.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Its Florida... I'm going I doubt it will rain all day

    July 19, 2013

    • Ryan F.

      The problem is state parks don't play around and will close the water off. :(

      July 19, 2013

  • maha

    Any updates on weather for tomorrow?

    July 19, 2013

  • Ryan F.

    So it's supposed to storm all day tomorrow. Thoughts?

    July 19, 2013

    • Ryan F.

      Since it is one of my carpool member's birthday today and he was looking forward to hanging out tomorrow....our rain plan is having lunch and a movie...potentially at Enzian. If anyone wants to join you are welcome to come celebrate with us. But hopefully it doesn't rain.

      July 19, 2013

  • Ryan F.

    Every time I try to go to something early in the am I roll over and go back to sleep. If anyone wants to ride with me and thus force me to wake up I'm game. Lol I live in Maitland.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool. I'll need your # or you can text me :)

      July 19, 2013

    • Ryan F.

      Grrrrr I guess we got full without me knowing. Maybe check with the group leaving from the Barnes and Noble? I'm sorry!!!!

      July 19, 2013

  • Ana

    Sorry, I have to go to a mandatory class tomorrow and won't be able to make it. :( You guys have fun!!

    July 19, 2013

  • Valerie A.

    Can I use my kayak?

    July 14, 2013

    • Valerie A.

      Awesome. I'll bring it. Thanks!

      July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Valerie, if you are kayaking, remember the logistics for launch and pull out and vehicles.. it may be difficult to sync with the non kayakers.. additionally, us tubers may be a bit slow for a kayak. i would like to try to host a kayak trip here some time in the fall.

      July 18, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    Hoping to make the next one!

    July 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Id LOVE to go - unfortunately, too much to do before the big move. Have fun!

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Lindsey

    Anyone in the east Orlando area looking to carpool? I have a big car!

    July 13, 2013

    • Lindsey

      Hey derik! My car is full! Check out the car pool list, there is a link up top.

      July 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok thanks anyway. I'll check out the carpool link.

      July 16, 2013

  • Dan

    Hi everyone, if this is your first time (at the park or with this group), I strongly suggest that you arrive 15 minutes early. You'll need time to park, walk to the office & pay, inflate your tube, etc., plus you'll be looking for us when there will be many people all around.

    Many of our more remote events are often in places with poor to no cellphone service. Although phone coverage keeps improving, first timers should make sure they go through pictures of Mike (and maybe some of the other co-organizers) to make sure they know what to look for.

    Tubing will be 3-4 hours, plus a shuttle ride back. We many need multiple shuttles (which can be 15-30 minutes apart). Bring plenty of sunblock, food, & especially water in non-disposable containers! That's a long time to be out in the sun: be prepared! I look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

    July 15, 2013

  • Jen

    Is anyone near Ocoee? I'd like to carpool if anyone is going to be leaving from within 20 minutes of here.

    July 13, 2013

    • Cathy

      Hey Ladies, Can I join you guys? I live in Ocoee and can meet you somewhere. I'll bring breakfast baked goods for the ride too.

      July 14, 2013

    • Jen

      Sounds good. I'll shoot you and email and we can work out the details.

      July 15, 2013

  • Nalini

    Hi , Is anyone going from the Lake Mary area? I am willing to help with gas expense eric .. You can email me. Thanks a lot.

    July 15, 2013

  • Esteban

    Is there a safe area where one can leave their stuff, like backpack, wallet, towels, food, etc., before going down the river tubing? Or should stuff like that be left in the car?

    July 14, 2013

    • Dan

      There are lockers: http://www.kphole.com...­ I'd bring a dry/Ziplock bag just in case (for wallets/keys), and leave what you can in the car. Since "disposable" items are prohibited, some bags/containers may be rejected by park staff.

      July 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a maybe. Have a friend coming in from out of state and need to get those plans set first.

    July 14, 2013

  • Shawn L.

    New to the group! Looking for new adventurous friends. Anybody can call me if you want to chill sometime! [masked]

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I might be out of town but I will be there if not!

    July 12, 2013

  • Farrah

    This sounds awesome! Any advice of possibly car pooling?

    July 7, 2013

    • Sequoya L.

      I live in the Apopka area. I am new to that area but I think Sorrento is close. I am up for joining you.

      July 10, 2013

    • Caitlin

      Sent you a message Sequoya :-)

      July 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you are planning to swim at the spring head after tubing, you may want to bring some pool noodles to float on. They do not allow inflatable tubes in the swimming area and it is too deep for most people to touch the bottom. Treading water will get old fast! Its a very cool place to swim if you can make it there! They sell noodles at the park, but I'm sure its at a premium.

    July 8, 2013

    • Regular M.

      Thanks for mentioning that; I'll add it to the description. Keep in mind that if you only bring a noodle, the springs will be mighty cold, so if you have both, I recommend bringing them.

      July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My husband and I are looking forward to this!

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Pauline

    I'm a maybe. Gotta check some things first.

    June 16, 2013

  • Dan

    Maybe: not 100% yet, but I want this to stay on my calendar.

    June 5, 2013

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