Beat the summer heat on the cheap at an authentic, old-fashioned Florida swimmin’ hole

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No elaborate water slides, no fancy menus, and definitely no high entry fees.

Bob’s River Place on Florida’s historic Suwannee River simply offers old fashioned Floridian family fun.

Reminiscent of simpler times, this warm weather cure is located in Branford, near the bend of Florida’s west coast.  This private swimming hole is one of Florida’s best kept secrets.  For the past 40 years, owner Bob Hawkins opens his water wonderland to guests on weekends for $25 a carload (of up to six people).  All of the activities (including Karaoke) are included.


While there, visitors can enjoy rope swings, simple water slides, floating sunbathing rafts, platforms for jumping, log rolling, water or land volleyball and other activities.  There’s even an area with picnic tables and barbecue tables.   These family friendly festivities are open to the public on weekends beginning mid-April – a perfect way to cope with the annoying heat and humidity that overtakes Florida this time of year. After Memorial Day the swimming hole is open daily.




For those looking for a relaxing retreat from the crowds and facades (and anyone seeking simple summer break), Bob’s River Place is open from 9am to 5pm on weekends from April 15 through Memorial Day (daily afterwards).  They are located at 2878 NE HWY 340 in Branford FL.   Additional details can be found on their website, Facebook Page or by calling 352-542-7363.

Source/Images: Bob’s River Place website and Facebook Page

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