Family and friends (9 of us in all) went tubing/snorkeing/swimming in the Ichetucknee Springs on Saturday, July 6.
The Ichetucknee is a constant 72 degrees, which makes for a "brisk" entry, However, one quickly adapts to the cool water, and it makes for a comfortable day of fun. On this particular trip, we arrived just after the max number of tubers had been accomodated at the north entry point, so we had to use the mid entry point. This meant that we had a 90 minute tube/swim until we reached the exit point. From the south exit point, there are trams that return you to the mid point -- where your car will be parked! This makes for a very convenient mid-day picnic point. We enjoyed a lunch break and then returned to the water for a second float.
Afterwards, we drove to the northern insert point, to enjoy swimming in the two spring-fed pools. It is an event not to be missed.
There are several tube-renting options available at the entry to the park. The prices are reasonble, and so we choose NOT to bring out own tubes. It makes for a better driving expereince, and we can just leave the rental tubes at the exit point of the river.
This is an EXCELLENT full day adventure for families. Snorke.l and mask are not a must, but are highly reccomended, as they give the opportunity to see the fish and underwater life along the way.