The magnificent beauty of Dunnellon’s Rainbow River and Springs draws swimmers, divers, and kayak enthusiasts from all across the county. Rainbow Springs is one of the largest natural springs in the state of Florida and feeds the river with mineral rich water, known for its health qualities.
The Rainbow Springs State Park provides both water-based and land-based activities. Some of these include tubing, kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, bird watching, hiking, cycling, and swimming. However, many come to the park to simply admire the local flora and waterfalls. If you 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 chilly in the winter months.
Rainbow Springs State park also boasts archaeological finds that date back over 10,000 years. The visitors center at the park provides a glimpse into the history of this amazing site and the native peoples who once inhabited the area.
The Silver Springs State Park includes facilities like canoe and kayak rental, picnicking areas with charcoal grills, pavilions, camping facilities, and more. Some restrictions are in place regarding where kayaking, swimming, fishing, and snorkeling are allowed 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.