The stunning beauty of Dunnellon’s Rainbow River and Springs attracts swimmers, divers, and kayak enthusiasts from all over the world. Rainbow Springs is one of the largest natural springs in the state of Florida, a first magnitude spring, and feeds the Rainbow River with mineral rich water, known for its health qualities. This river is only one of a few North flowing rivers on earth.
The Rainbow Springs State Park provides water-based and land-based activities. Some of these activities include tubing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching, hiking, cycling, and swimming. However, many visitors come to the park to simply admire the scenic flora and waterfalls. If you do go swimming, be aware that the water temperature is a constant 72 all year round, which is nice in the summer heat but can be quite cold in the winter months.
Rainbow Springs State park can also boast archaeological finds that date back over 10,000 years. The park visitors center provides a glimpse into the history of this amazing site and the native peoples who once lived in the area.
The Silver Springs State Park provides access to facilities like canoe and kayak rentals, picnicking areas with charcoal grills, pavilions, camping sites and more. Some restrictions are in place regarding where kayaking, swimming, fishing, and snorkeling are permitted so make sure to ask before you enter the water. If you are planning on renting a tube, the cost is $10 but transportation back to the park is included in the cost. Admission to the park is $2. Be aware that the park will not admit coolers with disposable beverage containers or food wrappers as they are very strict on littering. Please check with the admission gate before bring any food items into the park.