several people in inner tubes floating along a river at rainbow springs state park dunnellon florida
girl in a yellow kayak rowing along river with thick brush at rainbow springs state park dunnellon florida
view of a spring crowded with swimmers through trees fence and ferns at rainbow springs state park dunnellon florida
woman views waterfall from bridge while painting a canvas with red foliage at rainbow springs state park dunnellon florida

Overview

Rainbow Springs State Park has a long and interesting history dating back 10,000 years ago. Settled originally by the Timucuan, the people used the springs for their transportation, fishing, and clean drinking water. In 1839, Pioneers settled the headsprings of the Rainbow Springs and began an agricultural community. Man-made waterfalls were created at the headsprings of the Rainbow River from the piles of phosphate tailings due to the mining process of the phosphate mineral. In the 1920s, a gift shop, glass bottom boats, tropical foliage, aviary, zoo, botanical gardens, and a monorail with leaf shaped gondolas were added. Rainbow Springs became a popular tourist attraction until the mid 70s when the theme parks in Orlando were built. Today you can still enjoy the crystal clear blue waters and wildlife at Rainbow Springs. Enjoy birding, camping, canoeing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and tubing. Tubing is only available seasonally May – September.

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