Better than a pool, less chance of an alligator encounter—man-made Florida lazy rivers are a great way to stay safe and cool in The Sunshine State. There are quite a few man-made lazy rivers in Florida to choose from, as long as you know the right places to look. Imagine kicking back, floating your way under the sun as the gentle current takes you slowly around. Sounds like paradise to us…

Have you ever tackled the best lazy rivers in Florida before? Share with us your experience in the comments section! Or if you want to keep things natural on your next float, then check out this 3,000-foot lazy river in Rock Springs Run.

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Man-Made Lazy Rivers In Florida

Are there any natural lazy rivers in Florida?


Although the Sunshine State is home to numerous man-made lazy rivers, there is also an abundance of natural lazy rivers to enjoy on a hot and humid day. Ichetucknee Springs State Park in North Florida has the most well-known lazy river in the state. The water is crystal clear at a temperature of 72 degrees year-round with trees providing extra shade from the sweltering sun. Bring your own tube or rent one from a vendor within the park and go for a lovely relaxing float on the water which will take approximately 90 minutes. Read about a few more places to go tubing in our article about lazy rivers in Florida.

What are the best water parks in Florida?


Pristine beaches and theme parks are what Florida is best known for but there are also many water parks in Florida to consider when planning your list of things to do in the summer. Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is a spring-fed water park, the only one of its kind in the state. With giant water slides, a sandy beach, and a natural lazy river, you’ll have a day of fun in the sun! Sunwest Park in Pasco County is another fun water park, but this one is a little different. On the 70-acre spring-fed lake inflatables are set up providing an obstacle course and playground of sorts where families can run, jump, slide, bounce, and eventually end up in the water to cool off. It is so much fun!

What are the best summer attractions in Florida?


If you have yet to visit the Dry Tortugas to go snorkeling, it is arguably one of the best summer attractions in Florida! Accessible only by plane or boat, this remote park has pristine blue water that is perfect for snorkeling. If you love beachcombing, you must head to Sanibel Island which is the world’s best spot to find seashells. Find some treasures on this beach while enjoying the sound of waves as they crash along the shore.