There’s nothing wrong with a little lazy. In fact, we’d recommend it every once in a while. A lazy river is pretty much the perfect way to spend a hot summer day, and these 6 spots are the best places to lazy float in the USA. Don’t forget to pack a cooler!
1. Ginnie Springs, Florida
Crystal clear waters, stunning scenery to float through, plenty of pit stop opportunities, and a good amount of room to yourself makes Ginnie Springs our favorite place to float in the USA. The springs that you can pull off to on the sides of the river are literally crystal clear – you can see straight to the bottom. Try your hand at a rope swing, bring a few cold beverages, and you’re in for a great day. Skip Disney the next time you’re in Orlando and make the two-hour drive north to Ginnie Springs. Way cheaper and 100 times more relaxing.
2. Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park, Florida
Florida’s newest state park is just down the road from Ginnie Springs, and yes, to list these two #1 and #2 on our list wasn’t a mistake. They may be similar, but they truly are the two best lazy floats in our minds. Gilchrist is a collection of dozens of natural springs, with one large second magnitude spring that produces an average of 44 million gallons of water per day.
3. Rock Springs Run, Florida
At roughly a mile long this float is by no means the longest on our list, but Rock Springs Run has some stunning scenery you won’t want to miss. Slip off into a spring and make your visit last as long as you’d like.
4. The Blanco River, Texas
The clear waters of the Blanco River near Wimberly, Texas are a thing of beauty. With 87 miles of river to explore, there’s plenty to see – but we’d mostly recommend floating down to the Narrows where you’ll witness some amazing pools and formations like the one below. It’s one of a kind.
5. Boulder Creek, Colorado
This is one of the most popular places to float on our list, so if you’re looking for some peace and quiet you may want to skip Boulder Creek. That said, you can still find it a little bit quieter if you visit on weekdays. Boulder Creek is a beautiful place to float near Boulder, Colorado. Boulder is a town full of adventures, like hiking, mountain biking, and paragliding, but we’d recommend slowing your trip down a bit and heading to the Creek. You’ll be glad you visited.
6. Coeur d’Alene River, Idaho
Feel free to jump into the Coeur d’Alene if you’d like, as well. Idaho has some amazing places to float in the summer, and some great places to do some white water rafting, fishing, and boating as well. The Coeur d’Alene River is our favorite spot in the state for a lazy float.