Tips for Tubing the Ichetucknee River with Kids

Tips for Tubing the Ichetucknee River with kids

Every year our family joins 5-6 other families for our annual trip to Ichetucknee Springs State Park to go tubing down the Ichetucknee River.  This is our 4th year that we've taken this trip and each year we learn a few more tips to make it more fun for the kids (and adults). Ichetucknee Springs is a State Park in North Florida near the Georgia line.  It's about a 2-3 hour drive north for us from Tampa so it's not a bad weekend trip.  You could make it a day trip depending on how early you wanted to get started in the morning but we turn it into a weekend getaway.  The springs are part of the Suwannee River Valley and feed through some of the oldest and most natural parts of Florida.  The temperature in the springs is an ice cold 72 degrees year-round making it a perfect adventure for those balmy Florida summer days. Since the river is protected and managed by the Florida State Parks there are some rules (and tips) you need to be aware of before you go. 1. Tubing season ... [ Read More ]

Ichetucknee Springs: Crickets, Stars, and S’mores

Bottle Rocket

I enjoyed a little R&R this weekend as we escaped to central Florida to tube down Ichetucknee Springs.  We had a fabulous time.  Enjoy a few of my favorite pictures from the weekend. This is the head springs at the Ichetucknee State Park.  You can swim in the springs if you don't want to go tubing.  Just hold your breath and jump in - it's COLD! My oldest tubing down the river. My oldest playing with a bottle rocket that our friends made from PVC pipe, a bike pump, and empty soda bottles. My little one enjoying a S'mores at the cabin.  She's soaking wet because they were playing with a water hose. This has got to be my favorite pictures from the weekend.  I love how the suns rays appear in front of her. It was great to be away and unwind.  While I have a ton of stuff to catch up on (oh yeah, those missing upcycled crafting projects) spending time with the family in nature is priceless.  I'll leave you with a few of the things my daughter and I ... [ Read More ]

Weekend Getaways Florida – Ichetucknee Springs

Ichetucknee

The past few weekends we've ventured out of comfort zone (pool, beach, shopping at Target, etc) and visited parts of Florida that we wouldn't normally visit.  We've gone outside and enjoyed the natural beauty that surrounds us and haven't had to go very far.  I'm hoping this new trend will continue and we'll see more natural Florida with the kids. Last weekends trip was to Ichetucknee Springs (don't ask me to say it because I butcher it and sound like a redneck!) in Fort White, FL near the Florida/Georgia border.  From the State Parks website: The crystalline Ichetucknee River flows six miles through shaded hammocks and wetlands before it joins the Santa Fe River. The pictures show just how crystalline the water is but it doesn't show you how cold it is!  Year round 73F - which for Florida water is down right FREEZING!  You loose your breath when you jump in but you feel so alive! A picture of the Blue Hole - you can actually dive down inside the hole (I didn't attempt ... [ Read More ]