Both parks have picnic areas, fully accessible bathrooms, and swimming, tubing, kayaking, canoeing and diving. There are some differences between the two parks that are important to note depending on what you want to do. If you are interested in tubing down the river, the K.P. Hole Park offers a longer ride, but to see the headwaters where the spring formations are you have to visit Rainbow Springs State Park.
Either park you choose to enter, the Rainbow River is truly spectacular. The springs pump out 72 degree, crystal-clear water all year long and produce sparkling clarity throughout the 5.6-mile long river. With underwater visibility of over 150 feet, guests can view a variety of underwater creatures and plants, including a vast array of fish species and turtles.
Not surprisingly, archeological evidence suggests that people have been visiting these spring waters for almost 10,000 years. This is the real Florida, and this is one thing you don’t want to miss during your stay in beautiful Marion County.