Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunnellon

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  • This is a beautiful place. It is at a nice rate too, $2 each. There is a swimming area (you can't stand in it, bring a noodle!), waterfalls, walking trails, etc. The water is the same always--cold (73...  more »
  • It was really a very nice trip to Rainbow Springs. There were 5 to see manatees from the Boardwalk (the week after our visit was the weather gets colder and there were 100 manatees in the Springs). It is small-scale set up you can buy a ticket at the business centre and from there you are with a kind old tram/bus to the Springs. Here is a boardwalk around it laid out and from here you can see the manatees. There are all volunteers around to things to tell and to keep an eye on where the manatees are located. You can with private parties from outside the Springs in snorkeling, we have not done this. We believe that this bothers the animals rest there.
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  • Rainbow Springs State Park is located in a beautiful area, well kept and completely peaceful. Has a designated swimming area, a shop, snack bar, canoe and kayak rental and nature trails. They charge o...  more »
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  • Perfect place to get away from it all. This park has great trails with waterfalls, butterfly garden, swimming area and kayak / canoe rentals. We enjoyed the walk on the trails which took us about an hour with stops by waterfalls. The butterfly garden was very poor at the time but it might be nice during summer. The area where you can jump into the cool spring water is pretty nice with separate area for small kids. You can also rent kayaks by hour but if you take your time ask about "all day" rental to save few $.
  • The state park was cool. We did the kayak rental. The river was beautiful, but some of the appeal was lost shortly after leaving the park seeing that one side of the river has houses all along the shore. There were also motorized boats on the river. However, we did paddle upstream along a small creek that flowed into the river. That was pretty cool and secluded.
  • Nice campground and really friendly staff. Very well maintained. Nice hot showers and very clean bathrooms. Decent size laundry room as well. Large sites. We stayed in site 51 which was a back in, full hook up site and great privacy. Plenty of room for the doggie to enjoy his tie-on and romp around. In the check in area they had a room to the side with lots of books & magazines to borrow/exchange/leave as well as puzzles, games and even a pool table.
  • This is a wonderful place to take the kids and also to go inner tubing down the river. They have a 2-hour and four hour trip. I recommend sunscreen if you go for either one because you will get burnt but you'll have a great time.. A beautiful place
  • Another wonderful year at Rainbow Springs Holiday Lights. Beautifully lit by the volunteers, there's an opportunity to see Santa (he arrives by pontoon boat), hear local talent with Christmas Carols and see everything from the waterfalls to the swimming hole and store lit up so nicely. There's Apple cider, coffee and hot chocolate to be had. A wonderful shop with nature gifts and holiday fare. Take a cell phone for pictures and to light an occasional dark path. Look for all the volunteers dressed as Santa's helpers who will guide you and who work so hard and do such a great job!
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