When it comes to Florida, exploration of our vast natural landscapes pays back 10 fold with views and experiences that last a lifetime, hiding almost in plain sight. Some hidden Florida gems need very little explaining, like Bob's River Place.
Unlike most water parks that you'll find in the middle of the city, Bob's River Place sits secluded & hidden amongst the trees on the Suwanee River in Branford Florida, offering a whole day's worth of fun with the bonus of nature views.
If you're familiar with the Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson, it's been referred to as that, but on steroids. You can climb up into the treehouses scattered across the property and make a splash after zooming down the water slides into the Suwanee.
You'll also find other high energy experiences like rope swings, jumping platforms, log rollers, splash pads, floating sunbathing rafts, water & land volleyball and even place to grill up delicious bites or belt your heart out at some karaoke.
Bob's River place is open seasonally, starting in spring & staying open through the fall season. They closed their 2019 season on September 29th, but will reopen again in Spring 2020 according to their website; patiently waiting so we can go!
If you're planning for a weekend to visit this awesome spot next year, you'll definitely want to camp out and check out all the cool things in the area. This unique glamping Airbnb is cheap to help keep travel costs down & it's right on the river only about a half-hour from Bob's River Place.
You may also want to swim at Royal Springs nearby, where the water is crystal clear and a comfortable temperature year-round; it's also only about an hour away from "The Bridge To Nowhere" — a secret abandoned graffiti-covered bridge that you want to add to your bucket list.
Just like their sign says, Bob's River Place is a cool place for cool people, and it's definitely worth the road trip. Grab the BFF's and plan a trip to this unique riverside waterpark!
Bob's River Place
Price: $10 per person
Address: 2878 NE Hwy 340, Branford, FL 32008
Hours: Currently closed for the 2019 season; will re-open in Spring 2020.
Why You Need To Go: An awesome way to enjoy the water that isn't the beach. Waterslides, tree houses, rope swings, a jumping platform, log rollers, karaoke, and more. A super fun hidden gem.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.